The following CEE members were honored with ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence awards.

Arizona Public Service (APS)

Arizona Public Service received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.

Arizona Public Service (APS) is an electric utility serving more than 1.2 million customers. A long-standing ENERGY STAR® partner, APS leverages ENERGY STAR offerings across multiple sectors. APS is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its role as a regional leader in energy efficiency and its ongoing commitment to ENERGY STAR. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

  • Supporting the construction of more than 2,800 ENERGY STAR certified homes.
  • Leveraging ENERGY STAR to encourage adoption of more energy efficient lighting and technologically advanced products. In 2016, helped advance the sale more than 2.1 million ENERGY STAR bulbs for a cumulative total of 25.6 million ENERGY STAR certified bulbs since 2005.
  • Educating pool professionals on the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps, while influencing more than 3,500 customers to upgrade to an ENERGY STAR certified pool pump. Currently more than 200 participating pool retailers, technicians, and other pool partners across its service territory are leveraging ENERGY STAR to drive the market toward variable speed models—reducing one of the area’s largest peak electric loads.
  • Collaborating with other local organizations to deliver the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. In 2016, APS introduced competitive awards and scorecards based on quality and performance to encourage friendly competition between home performance contractors.
  • Expanding use of building performance metrics from ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, which exchanges data with the APS Energy Information Services program. Coupled together, these tools help commercial customers become more energy efficient.
 

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BG&E), a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, is Maryland’s largest utility and currently provides service to more than 1.25 million electric and 655,000 gas customers. Since 2009, BG&E has offered energy efficiency programs that serve all customers under its BG&E Smart Energy Savers Program®. These programs leverage ENERGY STAR® in their design and promotion. BG&E is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its successful Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program and leadership in promoting ENERGY STAR across its portfolio. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

  • Adopting indoor air quality standards that require HPwES participating contractors to take indoor air quality into consideration for every measure installed, helping to improve contractor and consumer understanding of indoor air quality and the importance of mechanical ventilation.
  • Shifting the HPwES program from a cost-based to a performance-based incentive structure, an innovative concept designed to increase confidence in and value of energy savings.
  • Completing over 3,700 comprehensive residential audits and 1,175 jobs in 2016, bringing the program total to over 16,000 audits and 6,400 jobs.
  • Incentivizing 2,050 ENERGY STAR certified homes and multifamily units, bringing the program total to more than 14,000.
  • Enabling commercial building energy performance benchmarking using Portfolio Manager by providing data through its automated benchmarking tool, and supporting critical steps to improve performance with through the Building Tune-up program.
  • Effectively promoting ENERGY STAR certified products across a wide variety of residential and commercial product categories, including appliances, lighting, and commercial food service equipment. Through marketing, outreach, and incentives the sale of more than 2.5 million ENERGY STAR certified lighting products, 6,400 appliances and 9,400 heating and cooling products were influenced by the program in 2016, bringing the program total to more than 25 million products since 2009.

 

Columbia Gas of Ohio

Columbia Gas of Ohio received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.

Columbia Gas of Ohio is the largest gas utility in the state, currently serving 1.4 million customers. Since 2010, Columbia Gas of Ohio, along with AEP Ohio, have worked together to bring a unified program to builders, contractors, and homebuyers across their service areas. Columbia Gas of Ohio is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its commitment to sponsoring ENERGY STAR certified homes and promoting ENERGY STAR certified products. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

  • Enrolling more than 130 builders, an increase of almost nine percent since 2015, and providing incentives for 2,415 ENERGY STAR certified homes, for a cumulative total of almost 12,000 since the program’s inception.
  • Generating more than 14 million media impressions, and actively showcasing ENERGY STAR while participating in the local Parade of Homes, with more than 36,000 people in attendance.
  • Expanding the High Efficiency Heating System Replacement (HEHSR) Program, which features ENERGY STAR furnaces and boilers, by addressing customer awareness and offering instant discounts on the replacement of existing heating systems with high efficiency furnaces, in both the traditional residential market as well as rental markets.
  • Providing $3.9 million in incentives toward the installation of 13,165 ENERGY STAR certified heating systems.
  • Developing partnerships with more than 200 program allies and industry leaders committed to energy efficiency and effectively changing the residential and contractor market in Ohio.

 

ComEd

ComEd received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.

ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation that provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers and provides one of the nation’s largest portfolios of energy efficiency programs. ComEd is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued success in leveraging ENERGY STAR to develop new programs across its portfolio and strengthen collaborations with other partners. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

  • Continuing to leverage the Energy Usage Data System (EUDS) software to support initiatives, such as providing energy use data to 200 Salvation Army facilities, and supporting commercial and multi-family customers to comply with the Chicago benchmarking ordinance. In 2016, over 400 building owners benchmarked about 1,430 buildings using data from EUDS.
  • Incorporating building energy performance data into the delivery of ComEd’s retrocommissioning program and its Accelerate Performance pilot for new construction that helped customers set contractually enforceable energy performance targets using the ENERGY STAR Target Finder tool.
  • Teaming with utility partners Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas, as well as the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to help 500 homeowners achieve energy savings with Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.
  • Leveraging the ENERGY STAR label, messaging, and national campaigns to promote a variety of ENERGY STAR certified products to its customers including washers, dryers, heat pump water heaters, room air conditioners, pool pumps, and lighting. Surpassing the momentum of the previous years, ComEd increased uptake of incentives for ENERGY STAR certified LED’s by 85 percent and ENERGY STAR certified appliances by 180 percent.

 

Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.

Consumers Energy is Michigan’s largest utility and provides natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million residents, as well as a wide variety of residential and business energy efficiency programs underpinned by ENERGY STAR® resources. Consumers Energy is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its success in expanding delivery of Building Performance with ENERGY STAR, promotion of certified products, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES), and certified new homes. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

  • Expanding the number of commercial building types eligible to participate in the Building Performance with ENERGY STAR program by including the higher education, healthcare, hospitality, and commercial real estate sectors, in addition to K-12 schools. Fifty-six eligible buildings also obtained ENERGY STAR certifications at no cost through an innovative collaboration with the Michigan Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program.
  • Supporting commercial and industrial customers as they compete in the National and Michigan Battle of the Buildings initiatives, and strive to meet goals set in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry.
  • Leveraging EPA tools including Ask the Expert videos, infographics, and campaigns to promote ENERGY STAR certified lighting and appliances to customers. Participating in the ENERGY STAR Brighten a Life campaign, donating more than 75,000 ENERGY STAR certified light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs to recipients through the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank.
  • Supporting the construction of 767 ENERGY STAR certified homes, a 26-percent increase over 2015.
  • Invigorating the HPwES program with retooled marketing messages and a mentorship program for mid-level home performance contractors to become top tier contractors.

 

Efficiency Vermont

Efficiency Vermont received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.

Efficiency Vermont, the nation’s first statewide energy efficiency utility, has been working to help Vermonters save energy and protect the environment since 2000. Efficiency Vermont is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its leadership in promoting energy efficient solutions to residential customers through ENERGY STAR certified products, the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program, and the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

  • Driving home the efficiency, quality, and longevity benefits of ENERGY STAR certified lighting with increased market and media outreach, training, and events during a period when low priced light-emitting diode (LED) lighting products of uncertain quality were entering the marketplace.
  • Being among the first utilities in the nation to launch the ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform, a new approach to bringing energy efficient products to consumers by asking retailers to take a more comprehensive view of energy efficient products and targeting incentives toward increased inventory of ENERGY STAR certified products across multiple product categories.
  • Lowering energy burdens for low income customers by leveraging the ENERGY STAR Brighten a Life campaign in a call to action in which every ENERGY STAR certified LED bulb purchased in Vermont in October was matched with a donation of another ENERGY STAR certified LED bulb to be distributed to low income consumers.
  • Delivering, through its efficient products program, 27,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy savings, nearly 2,500 kilowatts (kW) of summer demand savings, and 6,000 kW of winter demand savings through the third quarter of 2016.
  • Ensuring the success of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) contractors by calibrating their instruments and separating the staff roles of mentor and quality assurance designee.
  • Leading the industry in sharing and valuing energy efficiency data at real estate point-of-sale. Efficiency Vermont is participating in the development of the Home Energy Labeling Information eXchange (HELIX), a database capable of automatically populating real estate listings with home energy information.
  • Supporting the construction of more than 70 ENERGY STAR certified homes and increasing the number of participating builders by 15 percent.

 

Focus on Energy

Focus on Energy received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.

Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state’s investor-owned energy utilities. Focus on Energy has been working with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects since its inception in 2001. Focus on Energy is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its energy efficiency programs and promotion of ENERGY STAR. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

  • Relying exclusively on ENERGY STAR certified lighting and appliances for its retail promotions; highlighting the ENERGY STAR logo and brand on its website, Online Marketplace video, search filters, and in-store materials—the program anticipates achieving 8.5 million MMBtu’s in savings by the end of 2016.
  • Being among the first utilities in the nation to launch the ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform, a new approach to bringing energy efficient products to consumers by asking retailers to take a more comprehensive view of energy efficient products and targeting incentives toward increased inventory of ENERGY STAR certified products across multiple categories.
  • Launching the “Big Red Door” marketing campaign to encourage homeowners to inquire about blower door tests, resulting in 770 clicks to the Find a Contractor webpage.
  • Piloting a program to assist homeowners with home performance projects using FHA’s Energy Efficiency Mortgage products.
  • Providing HPwES program information to more than 2,500 households.
  • Adding the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score (a miles-per-gallon rating for homes) to its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) assessment report.

 

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation, helps New York residents increase energy efficiency and save money. NYSERDA’s Residential Energy Efficiency Program increases awareness and demand for the implementation of energy efficiency services, ENERGY STAR® products, and advanced technologies. NYSERDA is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its ongoing support of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) and ENERGY STAR Certified Homes. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

  • Offering HPwES for 15 years, (since the inception of the program), and serving as an instrumental partner throughout the programs’ history.
  • Completing more than 22,000 energy assessments, increasing the number of completed HPwES projects to more than 11,300 in 2016, an increase of 32 percent over 2015.
  • Introducing a tiered interested rate structure, based on household income for financing of residential energy efficiency improvements, to give low income applicants access to lower interest rates and allowing NYSERDA to offer financing to all income sectors, while focusing on households that otherwise would not have access in the private lending market.
  • Providing HPwES participating contractors a 10-percent incentive for completed work in market-rate households.
  • Deploying an online loan application and tracking system used by both customers and contractors.
  • Offering incentives for more than 1,800 ENERGY STAR certified homes and apartments, for a total of 27,040 since NYSERDA joined the program.

 

NH CORE Utilities

The New Hampshire (NH) CORE Energy Efficiency Team is a multi-utility energy efficiency service provider that includes Eversource, Liberty Utilities, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc., and Unitil Energy Systems, Inc. The New Hampshire ENERGY STAR® Homes program is implemented in conjunction with GDS Associates, Horizon Residential Energy Services, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, and the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire. The NH CORE Energy Efficiency Team is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its successful implementation of the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

  • Providing incentives to more than 700 units in 2015, for a total of more than 6,900, while growing from an initial two percent of market share to close to 20 percent over the past decade.
  • Participating in 15 home and energy-related events attended by over 15,000 people, sending monthly bill inserts highlighting ENERGY STAR to over 400,000 customers, and developing an NHSaves magazine, which was sent to 10,000 customers.
  • Holding 25 stakeholder training seminars, with one session attended by over 100 heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors.
  • Continuing to repurpose older mill buildings into energy efficient housing units; the Mills of Keene transformed a bicycle manufacturing plant into 74 off-campus housing units for Keene State College.
  • Collaborating extensively with town code enforcement officials and State Energy Building Code Administrators to encourage clients, customers, and applicants to participate in the New Hampshire ENERGY STAR Homes program.

 

Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)

PEPCO received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.

PEPCO, an Exelon company, provides electric service to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In support of the EmPOWER Maryland Energy Efficiency Act of 2008, PEPCO launched programs for the residential sector (2008) and the commercial and industrial sector (2009). PEPCO is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence its support of the ENERGY STAR program across multiple areas. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

  • Shifting its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program to adopt a performance-based incentive structure as opposed to a cost-based structure, an innovative concept designed to increase confidence in and value of energy savings.
  • Using HPwES Energy Coaches for proactive outreach to audit participants who had not proceeded with the work recommended in their audit.
  • Placing whole house air sealing at the top of the prioritized list of measures each residential audit participant receives.
  • Providing incentives for more than 290 homes, bringing the program total to 1,845. Through innovative digital marketing techniques, Pepco generated more than 3 million impressions among home buyers and home builders.
  • Effectively promoting ENERGY STAR certified products across a wide variety of residential and commercial product categories, including appliances, lighting, and commercial food service (CFS) equipment; and helping small business customers avoid more than 2,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy use through the installation of more than 1,700 ENERGY STAR-certified CFS products in 2016.
  • Supporting commercial customer use of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® by providing energy data in a format that can be directly transferred into the tool.

 

Salt River Agricultural Improvement and Power District

SRP received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.

Salt River Agricultural Improvement and Power District (SRP) is currently the nation’s third-largest public power utility, serving one million customers. SRP is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for achievements in the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, Certified Products, and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) programs. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

  • Supporting the construction of nearly 5,000 ENERGY STAR certified homes, for a total of more than 14,500 since joining the program.
  • Establishing an ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps program focused on training customers, as well as pool professionals, to understand the benefits of variable-speed pool pumps. In 2016, this program influenced the sale of more than 3,600 ENERGY STAR pool pumps, which is estimated to save 38 million kilowatt hours (kWh) over the lifetime of those products.
  • Collaborating with other local organizations to deliver the HPwES program. In 2016, SRP engaged in many creative marketing campaigns, including sponsoring commercial-free radio listening during afternoon drive time and taking over a local news webpage for Earth Day.
  • Enrolling 57 builders in the certified homes program, an increase of nearly 22 percent over 2015.
  • Developing an upstream buy-down residential lighting program, leveraging both manufacturers and retailers across Arizona, to discount the retail price of ENERGY STAR certified light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

 

The Lighting and Products Sponsors of Mass Save: Cape Light Compact, Eversource Energy, National Grid, and Unitil

The Lighting and Products Sponsors of Mass Save received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.

Mass Save® is an initiative of Massachusetts’ electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. Its aim is to help residents and businesses improve energy efficiency and realize related cost savings. The sponsors of Mass Save—Cape Light Compact, Eversource Energy, National Grid, and Unitil—are receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for their collaborative efforts to increase awareness of, and demand for, ENERGY STAR certified products. Key 2016 accomplishments include:

 
  • Holding extensive training and outreach events, including 300 retail sales associate trainings, 75 public outreach events, and 110 pop-up retail events at corporate energy fairs and festivals.
  • Actively participating in EPA national campaigns and initiatives including Flip your Fridge, Cool your World, Social Star, and the Change the World Tour.
  • Prominently using the ENERGY STAR messaging and logo throughout online, social media, and in-store promotions garnering more than 20,000 video views, 280,000 ad engagements, and 300,000 social media engagements.
  • Achieving annual cumulative energy savings of 321 million kilowatt hours (kWh) by influencing the sale or more than 7.8 million ENERGY STAR certified lighting, appliance, and electronic products through negotiated cooperative promotions, instant discounts, mail in rebates and online offerings.

 

View the accomplishments of the CEE members which received other awards from ENERGY STAR this year.

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