News Release

For more information contact: Cara Sloan-Ramos, 785-271-3269

October 15, 2010

Lieutenant Governor Findley announces Governor's Energy Awards;
Three recipients recognized for leadership and success

Topeka, KS – Lieutenant Governor Troy Findley presented the Governor's Energy Achievement Recognition Awards this week at the 2010 Kansas Energy Conference in Wichita. The awards, given annually, recognize leadership and accomplishment in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The awards are among the state's top energy honors and serve as the highlight of the Kansas Energy Conference, the state's annual meeting to collaborate about the economic and environmental impact of renewable energy potential in Kansas. Lt. Governor Findley is the chair of the Governor's Energy Policy Subcabinet, which provides leadership on energy-related issues in Kansas.

"This year's winners exhibit a unique dedication to furthering the opportunities Governor Parkinson and I know Kansas has in regards to renewable energy and energy efficiency," said Findley. "Each of them has demonstrated a commitment to growing this industry in our state, and I am proud to help recognize their accomplishments."


Non-Profit Energy Efficiency – Southeast of Saline USD 306

Southeast of Saline utilizes the state's Facility Conservation Improvement Program to modernize the district's facilities and infrastructure. Included in the project upgrades are high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning, systems to improve indoor air quality, increase ventilation, and raise thermal comfort, high-performance lighting systems and vestibules to minimize air infiltration and energy loss when doors are open, water system controls, and a new building automation system.

The high school Leadership 101 class was highly involved with the project, establishing the "BTU Crew," an energy-efficiency curriculum designed to educate students about making buildings more energy efficient.

The district's improvements are projected to save over $83,000 annually and decrease energy use by 20.6 percent.

Corporate Energy Efficiency – Rhythm Engineering, Lenexa, Kan.

Rhythm Engineering is the leader in innovative traffic solutions with its adaptive traffic control system that calculates the need for signal changes in real time. Their InSync™ technology results in 90 percent fewer stops, 30 percent fewer emissions and 25 percent less fuel consumption. Rhythm Engineering, through its products, is addressing roadway congestion and impacts on the environment.

Non-Profit Renewable Energy – Seward County, Kan.

Seward County explored, persevered and succeeded in using its landfill to generate 70 cubic feet per minute of methane, thereby taking an environmental liability and turning it into a valuable product. Seward County captures its methane and is now providing a sustainable source of energy to a local beef packing plant for use in its boilers, utilizing methane that would have been flared or otherwise destroyed. Seward County demonstrates that a local municipality can take what historically was a liability to the community and turn it into a solution for a sustainable future.

For more information, contact Cara Sloan-Ramos, Director of Communications with the Kansas Corporation Commission, at (785) 271-3269 or .