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.
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:
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.
WilliamsburgFor more information on either program, contact Ron Willhite firstname.lastname@example.org at 800-372-2962.