Two funding sources for school energy managers now firmed up through KSBA; each will cover partial salaries for next two years

More than 110 Kentucky school districts are now eligible to participate in partial reimbursement for the costs of energy managers’ salaries during the next two school years through funds administered by KSBA’s School Energy Manager Project.

One involves up to 83 districts served all or in part by Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities, while the other covers 43 districts in and adjacent to areas served by the Tennessee Valley Authority. 

A few districts are eligible for funds from both grants.

LGE/KU program

The Kentucky Public Service Commission last week approved the School Energy Management Program of LGE/KU.  The program resulted in part from a utility rate increase settlement in which KSBA interceded on behalf of the state’s school districts.

The program between LGE-KU and the School Energy Managers Project will facilitate district eligibility for a pool of $1.45 million during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years.

Funding is determined by the “shared” portion calculation, which is based on schools in eligible districts that are directly served by LGE/KU. Schools in an eligible district that are served by a utility other than LGE/KU do not factor into the funding calculation.

Based on the “share” calculation, districts are eligible to apply for 50 percent of the energy manager’s salary for FY 2013-14 and for 25 percent of the2014-15 salary.

A program manager is being hired to oversee this program, which ultimately could support up to 23 energy managers with the approval of agreements by the participating districts.

With the aim of implementing the program July 1, KSBA has contacted the 83 eligible districts about participation.  Those districts are:

Augusta

Anchorage

Anderson

Ballard

Barren

Bath

Bell

Bourbon

Boyle

Bracken

Bullitt

Burgin

Campbellsville

Carroll

Casey

Caverna

Christian

Clark

Crittenden

Danville

Dawson Springs

East Bernstadt

Elizabethtown

Eminence

Estill

Fayette

Fleming

Gallatin

Garrard

Grayson

Green

Hardin

Harlan Co.

Harlan Ind.

Harrison

Hart

Henderson

Henry

Hickman

Hopkins

Jefferson

Jessamine

Knox

LaRue

Laurel

Lee

Lincoln

Lyon

Madison

Marion

Mason

McCracken

McCreary

McLean

Meade

Mercer

Middlesboro

Montgomery

Muhlenberg

Nelson

Nicholas

Ohio

Oldham

Pendleton

Pineville

Pulaski

Robertson

Rockcastle

Rowan

Russell

Science Hill

Scott

Shelby

Somerset

Spencer

Taylor

Trimble

Union

Washington

Wayne

Webster

Williamsburg

Woodford

 

TVA program

A two-year Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet grant of $700,000 stems from a TVA clean air settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That money, to be administered by KSBA SEMP, was designed to provide matching funds for the equivalent of up to nine full-time energy managers serving 43 districts in and adjacent to the TVA  service territory.

The funds will pay for 50 percent of the energy manager’s salary in eligible districts for fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Similar to the LGE/KU program, KSBA has been contacting the 43 eligible districts about their participation.

Adair                                    

Allen                                     

Ballard                                 

Barren                                 

Bowling Green                                 

Butler                                   

Caldwell                                              

Calloway                                             

Carlisle                                 

Caverna                                              

Christian                                             

Clinton                                 

Corbin Ind.                         

Cumberland                                      

Dawson Springs                              

Edmonson                                         

Fulton Co                            

Fulton Ind.                                         

Glasgow                                              

Graves                                 

Grayson                              

Hickman

Hopkins

Laurel

Livingston

Logan

Lyon

Marshall

Mayfield

McCracken

McLean

Metcalfe

Monroe

Murray

Ohio

Paducah

Russellville

Simpson

Todd

Trigg

Warren

Whitley

Williamsburg
 

For more information on either program, contact Ron Willhite  ron.willhite@ksba.org  at 800-372-2962.

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