What is the Kilowatt Crackdown?

The Louisville Energy Alliance challenges building owners and operators in Metro Louisville to realize the benefits of energy efficiency by participating in the Louisville Kilowatt Crackdown. It’s easy — all you have to do is benchmark your facility’s energy use with Portfolio Manager (for buildings) or Energy Tracking Tool (for industrial plants), EPA’s free online benchmarking tools; make improvements over the contest period; and submit your final benchmarking score. Top honors will go to the most efficient buildings and the buildings making the greatest energy improvements, but all buildings will be recognized for participating and for striving to improve Louisville’s environment.

Through Louisville’s commitment as a model ENERGY STAR Partner, Louisville Metro Government and the Louisville Energy Alliance are working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote energy efficiency as a primary means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to fulfill the US Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.

Why Participate?

  • Improve your bottom line:

    Increased energy efficiency in commercial real estate can reduce operating expenses and increase property asset value. For example, a 10% decrease in energy use can lead to a 1.5% increase in net operating income. Further, an increase in energy efficiency contributes to increased employee productivity and health, and enhances the comfort of the tenants.

  • Do your part to protect the climate:

    In 2006, commercial buildings and industrial facilities generated 41% of Louisville Metro’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Be recognized for your achievements:

    Your building/ business will receive free promotion and recognition of your participation in the challenge.

  • Receive special recognition:

    Receive special recognition from Mayor Greg Fischer and Governor Steve Beshear if your building earns the ENERGY STAR Label.

  • Free Technical Assistance and Resource Sessions

Kilowatt Crackdown Rules of Engagement

All participants must benchmark their building’s energy use in Portfolio Manager, ENERGY STAR’s free software monitoring tool, which can be found at www.energystar.gov/benchmark. (Click here)

Energy use will be tracked for 24 consecutive months, beginning with the building’s January 2012 billing cycle and ending in December 2013. Energy use data must be entered each month as bills are received during 2013.

Participants must benchmark all fuels used in the operation of their buildings. Participants will be required to submit energy performance results generated by Portfolio Manager to verify their final Improvement Over Time information. All meters for a building must be entered into Portfolio Manager. Building owners and operators may enter multiple buildings, but each building must be entered as a separate facility within your Portfolio Manager account.

Participating industrial plants must benchmark energy use in EPA’s Energy Tracking Tool and report savings using the tool’s Statement of Energy Improvement. Eligible plants must also report their 1-100 Energy Performance Indicator Score, also available in EPA’s Energy Tracking Tool.

Eligible Buildings

Any building that can be entered into Portfolio Manager is eligible to participate, regardless of whether it is eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR label (ratable vs. non-ratable). Participation is limited to buildings located in Metro Louisville-Jefferson County.

Examples of building categories include: Office Buildings, Medical Offices, Banks, Hospitals, Hotels and Motels, Retail; Museums, Churches, K-12 Schools, Dormitories, Supermarkets, Warehouses, Libraries, Wastewater treatment plants, Industrial, Manufacturing, Campuses, etc. (A campus is a group of buildings with shared systems and/or meters.)

For questions about building eligibility, email: information@LouisvilleEnergyAlliance.org


Key Timelines

Contestants must register online for the 2013 contest by 12/1/2013. Contestants are encouraged to register early in the calendar year due to the required benchmarking and data entry.

The baseline for your benchmarking for 2013 must be completed using utility data from January 2012 to December 2013.

Final 2013 benchmarking results are to be reported by 2/28/2013, using data from January 2012 to December 2013. 2013 Kilowatt Challenge winners will be honored in April 2014.

Award Categories

  • The Kilowatt Cup

    Awarded by a jury to recognize superior achievement in energy management, overcoming unique obstacles, and/or emphasizing energy efficiency through no-and low-cost practices.

  • Greatest Improvement in Efficiency*

    Awarded to the building making the greatest percentage gain in Adjusted Percentage of Energy Reduction during the challenge period.

  • Most Efficient Building or Plant*

    Awarded to the Ratable building or plant with the highest Energy Performance rating at the close of the challenge.

  • General Recognition:

    All participants that complete the competition will be awarded certificates of participation.

  • Judging:

    Awards for all three categories will be determined by data from the final Energy Performance rating or Energy Use Intensity Metric generated by Portfolio Manager. In addition, applicants for the Kilowatt Cup must also submit a narrative explaining their achievement, obstacles overcome, etc.


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