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Kentucky State Parks Begins Energy Retrofit of Nine Western Kentucky Parks

Kentucky’s state parks system is two months into a major energy savings project at nine of its parks. The project is part of Governor Steve Beshear’s Initiative for Smart Government, which is designed to reduce government waste.

Kentucky  State Parks began its energy savings initiative by focusing on energy consumption in nine of the resort parks in Western Kentucky. Commissioner Elaine Walker says the improvements run the gamut, from replacing inefficient light bulbs to installing low-flow toilets and showers to using solar panel to heat swimming pools.

“So it’s a broad scope of a project, but we’re very excited about it because not only will it reduce our energy footprint, but ultimately it will save the parks and the taxpayers money,” she said.

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Beshears Tout Capitol Energy Saving Plan

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio

As Kentucky prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday, Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear are touting energy conservation efforts at the State Capitol.

Gov. Beshear says improvements underway will reduce energy consumption by 22-percent, and save taxpayers $251,000 dollars a year.

“The work includes lighting upgrades, water conservation measures, vending machine controllers, optimization of the chiller plants performance, replacement of steam traps, various improvements at the mansion and electrical transformer replacement,” he said.

The work is being done at the Executive Mansion, the State Capitol and the Capitol Annex. Beshear says the $2.6 million project will be repaid through savings realized from reductions in utility costs.