Ky. city conducting 'Kilowatt Crackdown'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - More than 200 Louisville buildings are
The businesses and government agencies are taking part in
Louisville's first "Kilowatt Crackdown," an 18-month
energy-efficiency challenge that began last year and wraps up in
December with the goal of saving money and helping the environment
The efforts are being tracked using tools from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency.
"If you can reduce energy consumption in your building, you are
going to save in the operating expenses of your company," said
Chris Cieminski, general manager of the 35-story Aegon Center and
chairman of the Louisville Energy Alliance, the nonprofit group
overseeing the Kilowatt Crackdown. "Long term, if we reduce our
overall consumption, it means LG&E (Louisville Gas & Electric)
doesn't have to build another power plant."
Louisville joins Portland, Ore., and Seattle - two cities noted
for their environmental initiatives - in offering the challenge
through the EPA's Energy Star program, EPA manager Leslie Cook told
The idea germinated two years ago, Cieminski said, when
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson approached business leaders about
the initiative and put them in touch with the EPA. Participants in
the Kilowatt Crackdown signed up last year and have agreed to track
their energy usage and document their conservation measures this