Workshops to be Held May 24 in Madisonville to Help Local Governments Capture Energy Savings

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 15, 2017) — The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC), University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER), and the Kentucky Department for Local Government (DLG) are hosting a workshop about reducing energy costs to assist Kentucky’s local governments.

City and county officials and others responsible for managing public facilities are encouraged to attend the High Performance Public Facilities Workshop, May 24 at the Madisonville Community and Technical College.

Experts from public and private sectors and officials from state and local governments will present energy saving strategies. Attendees will learn from their peers, with case studies offering personal accounts about overcoming obstacles and achieving savings through high-performance building strategies.

“Local officials have numerous opportunities to utilize these cost saving advances in technology to not only enrich their communities but to practice better fiscal stewardship,” said DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo. “This workshop is a must to raise awareness and provide further education of the accessibility of these innovations.”

Advance registration may be made online, Cost to attend for city and county officials is $75, or $100 at the door. Continuing education credits are available for city and county officials, engineers, and other professionals attending the workshop.

“The goal of the workshop is to help public officials understand how to save on their utility expenses and put those savings to more important things,” said Lee Colten, Assistant Director, Department for Energy Development and Independence. “We like to say: Save money. Fix stuff.”

Everyone attending the workshop will leave knowing how to translate energy efficiency strategies into action in the day-to-day operations of their public facilities, Colten said.

For details or registration assistance, contact UK CAER workshop coordinator Alice Marksberry, (859) 257-0311 or email