Kansas Energy Office director, Ray Hammarlund, says his organization has allocated federal funds “to assist with this effort so more people can benefit from comprehensive training to make businesses, schools, hospitals and other facilities more energy efficient.”
Westar reports that operators earn certification “by successfully completing a series of training sessions, in-class exams and project assignments (completed within their respective facilities). BOC certification provides a credential for the building operators’ professional development and provides employers a way to identify skilled operators.”
Westar worked with representatives from the Kansas Energy Office, a division of the Kansas Corporation Commission, MEEA, Midwest Energy, Empire District Electric Co., Kansas City Power & Light, rural electric cooperatives, and municipal utilities to extend the state’s network of certified operators.
The BOC offers two levels of certification: Level I emphasizes energy efficient building maintenance practices; Level II stresses advanced equipment troubleshooting and preventive maintenance and offers elective courses to accommodate the varying needs of participants.
With practical projects, participants are able to apply tools and methods taught in class to their own facility, constructing functional records for electrical systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) operations, lighting levels and controls, and annual profiles of energy consumption.
Randy Degenhardt, director of Westar’s Energy Efficiency department, adds: “Participants receive in-depth reference manuals and access to the nationwide BOC network of participants for troubleshooting, best practices and advice.”
A course will be offered in Topeka June 21 through Dec. 6 at the Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Ave. Visit www.westarenergy.com to select the EfficiencyWorks tab and register for the course.
Westar Energy, Inc. is the largest electric utility in Kansas, providing electric service to about 679,000 customers throughout the state. Westar Energy has about 6,800 megawatts of electric generation capacity and operates and coordinates approximately 35,000 miles of electric distribution and transmission lines. For more information about Westar Energy, visit us on the Internet at http://www.WestarEnergy.com.