ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy received ENERGY STAR recognition for its successful delivery of the HPwES program in a mature market. Consumers Energy also promotes ENERGY STAR certified products, commercial and industrial initiatives, and ENERGY STAR certified homes. Key accomplishments include:
Consumers Energy received ENERGY STAR recognition
  • Completing more than 1,950 HPwES projects by using a market segmentation approach to identify homeowners best positioned to move forward with deep energy savings improvements.
  • Increasing homeowner demand for HPwES services by creating the Home Energy Analysis program, a qualifying step for HPwES that improves customer experience, engages homeowners in the whole house approach to home performance, and connects homeowners with qualified home performance contractors.
  • Working with more than 400 retailers across Michigan to promote ENERGY STAR certified lighting products and distribute 100,000 ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs to those in need through partnerships with local food banks.

Efficiency Vermont

Efficiency Vermont received ENERGY STAR recognition for its Efficient Products Program, which uses ENERGY STAR as a central platform to encourage consumers to make energy efficient choices when purchasing lighting, appliances, and consumer electronics. Key accomplishments in 2013 include:
Efficiency Vermont received ENERGY STAR recognition
  • Honoring the Northeast’s tradition of ENERGY STAR-focused energy efficiency programming across service territories and building on this foundation to partner with EPA on key initiatives for 2013, increasing emphasis on ENERGY STAR in program messaging and branding.
  • Partnering with EPA in one of two community social marketing pilots fielded in 2013 to determine their potential for driving lasting behavior change that can transform the market for energy efficiency.
  • Achieving a dramatic increase in the number of ENERGY STAR certified lighting products sold in 2013. The increase of 5.5 percent compared to 2012 was aided by the 130,200 ENERGY STAR LED bulbs that were incentivized—the equivalent of two in five Vermont homes or businesses purchasing an ENERGY STAR LED bulb.

New Mexico Gas Company

New Mexico Gas Company received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for its successful efforts to reduce natural gas demand by developing a well-informed program strategy to promote energy efficient water and space heating equipment and for successfully leveraging ENERGY STAR in educating customers and suppliers to achieve its goals. Key accomplishments in 2013 include:
New Mexico Gas Company received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition
  • Developing strategies to overcome key barriers preventing greater uptake of efficient options in its service territories.
  • Growing its trade ally network—recruiting 68 participating contractors for its furnace program and 49 participating contractors for its tankless water heater program—and educating them on the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified products and incentives available through NMGC to help overcome higher initial cost.
  • Exceeding annual program goals by facilitating the sale of 700 ENERGY STAR certified furnaces, saving 59,900 to 74,200 therms.

Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco)

Pepco received ENERGY STAR recognition for its energy efficiency programming in its Maryland service territory, which includes Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. Pepco launched its residential energy efficiency programs in Maryland in 2010 and is making great strides towards meeting or exceeding its EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency goals, crediting much of its success to effectively leveraging the powerful ENERGY STAR brand in program delivery. Key accomplishments in 2013 include:
Pepco and Delmarva Power recieve ENERGY STAR recognition
  • Promoting a diverse array of ENERGY STAR certified lighting products including standard and specialty CFL and LED bulbs and fixtures, helping generate the sale of nearly 1.5 million ENERGY STAR certified bulbs in 2013.
  • Promoting ENERGY STAR certified appliances, including clothes washers, refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, hybrid water heaters, and heating and cooling equipment, to generate sales of more than 17,000 ENERGY STAR certified products, saving nearly 4,800 MWh.
  • Exceeding the previous year’s program savings and participation levels by completing more than 900 Home Performance with ENERGY STAR projects to generate a total of 2200 MWh in savings.

Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District

Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District was established in 1903 under the National Reclamation Act and is currently the nation’s third-largest public power utility, serving 970,000 customers. In aggregate, over 11 percent of Salt River Project’s retail energy requirements for the year were met with sustainable resources. Salt River Project received ENERGY STAR recognition for achievement in the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and HPwES programs. Key 2013 accomplishments include:
Salt River Project received ENERGY STAR recognition
  • Producing 630,000 MWh of incremental energy savings through the end of the company’s 2013 fiscal year.
  • Supporting the construction of 943 ENERGY STAR certified homes through October 2013, resulting in more than 5,865,300 annual kWh savings.
  • Enrolling 27 builders and conducting one-on-one training programs titled “Success with ENERGY STAR V3” with participating builders and select trades.

ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

TVA received ENERGY STAR recognition for its strong commitment to encouraging the production and installation of ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes. Key 2013 accomplishments include:
TVA received ENERGY STAR recognition
  • Providing incentives for the production and installation of 1,134 ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes in 2013, saving 13.56 GWh in electric savings and 580 kW in peak demand.
  • Achieving cumulative savings of 19.31 GWh of electricity and 825 kW in peak demand per year through the installation of 1,615 ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes since 2011s.
  • Developing and distributing collateral materials about the features and benefits of ENERGY STAR certified manufactured homes to industry stakeholders throughout its service territory.

The United Illuminating Company (UI)

UI received ENERGY STAR recognition for its effective use of the ENERGY STAR platform as the unifying element for its efficiency program offerings. Key accomplishments in 2013 include:
UI received ENERGY STAR recognition
  • Making ENERGY STAR a cornerstone of its content for displays in the SmartLivingTM Center, an interactive facility that serves as a high profile resource for promoting Energize Connecticut programs. The ENERGY STAR label is visible throughout, on materials and interactive displays that offer information, tips, and solutions for homeowners on the many things they can do in their homes to save energy, money, and help protect the environment.
  • Conducting a yearlong social media program through the Retail Products Program sharing information on the benefits of ENERGY STAR products and services with seasonally relevant messaging. In addition to various retail promotions, two public events were held at the SmartLiving Center to increase general awareness of ENERGY STAR products and Energize Connecticut. UI invited the nearly 2,000 visitors per event to tour the SmartLiving Center, purchase ENERGY STAR lighting on the spot, and take the ENERGY STAR Pledge. Families and youth were invited to sign up for Team ENERGY STAR, in front of larger-than-life displays based on the movie “Epic,” designed to motivate kids and families to take action for energy efficiency.

CEE congratulated all these members on their recognition by ENERGY STAR. View the accomplishments of the Sustained Excellence Award recipients.

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