The following CEE members were honored with Partner of the Year, Promotion, and Special Recognition awards from ENERGY STAR®.

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

AEP Ohio

AEP Ohio received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for its commitment to sponsoring ENERGY STAR certified homes and ENERGY STAR certified products. Key 2012 accomplishments include:
AEP Ohio received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award.
  • Enrolling 77 builders and 21 raters and providing incentives for more than 900 ENERGY STAR certified homes, a 67 percent increase from 2011.
  • Generating 2,600 MWh of annual savings from ENERGY STAR certified homes in its market.
  • Influencing the sale of more than 24,000 ENERGY STAR certified appliances while permanently removing from the grid and responsibly recycling 15,000 old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers.

Columbia Gas of Ohio

Columbia Gas of Ohio received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for its commitment to sponsoring ENERGY STAR certified homes. Key 2012 accomplishments include:
Columbia Gas of Ohio received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award.
  • Continuing a robust quality assurance/quality control process that includes reviewing rating files and field inspections to establish consistency and confidence in the energy savings and overall performance of participating homes.
  • Collaborating with key affordable housing agencies to help affordable housing developers comply with and exceed energy efficiency and quality assurance goals.
  • Providing regular training opportunities to program participants, trade allies, and stakeholders, including the innovative “Selling High Performance Homes” training in support of ENERGY STAR Version 3.0.

PECO Energy Company

PECO received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for distinguishing itself with thoughtful program planning and implementation. Key 2012 accomplishments include:
PECO received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award.
  • Influencing the purchase of more than 190,000 ENERGY STAR certified lighting products and 11,000 ENERGY STAR certified appliances and heating and cooling equipment in 2012, for a total of more than 7.8 million certified products since program inception.
  • Redesigning its Smart Homes Rebate program to focus on refrigerators and clothes washers recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2012 and updating all marketing, point of purchase, and educational materials with the marketing designation.
  • Helping its customers achieve savings of more than 8,000 MWh in 2012 for total savings in excess of 428,000 MWh since program inception.

The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) with
United Illuminating (UI) and Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P)

CEEF, with UI and CL&P, received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for continuing to develop their Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program. Key 2012 accomplishments include:
The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund with United Illuminating and Connecticut Light & Power received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award.
  • Completing over 14,000 HPwES projects achieving energy savings of more than 10 million kWh, 364,000 ccf of natural gas, and more than 481,100 gallons of oil since the program began.
  • Creating more than 300 jobs in the state through its local HPwES and Home Energy Solutions (HES) program, and supporting the work of numerous sub-contractors in the HVAC, insulation, and home improvement trades that benefit from HES by performing energy efficiency add-on upgrades recommended during the HES visit.
  • Participating in the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score program to help meet the state’s aggressive weatherization goal of improving 80 percent of all residential structures by 2030.

New Hampshire CORE Utilities

New Hampshire CORE Utilities is a multi-utility energy efficiency service provider that includes Liberty Utilities; New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Public Service Company of New Hampshire; and Unitil Energy Systems, Inc. New Hampshire CORE Utilities received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for its successful implementation of the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) programs. Key 2012 accomplishments include:
New Hampshire Core Utilities received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award.
  • Sending over 300,000 NHSaves catalogs to residential customers that featured the NH ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program and ENERGY STAR certified products.
  • Completing over 808 HPwES projects and conducting 223 quality assurance inspections for a total of more than 2,200 improved homes and 653 quality assurance inspections since the program’s inception in 2009.
  • Saving 13.7 million kWh and more than 347,500 MMBTUs from oil, natural gas, kerosene, coal, and wood since the inception of the program.

Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion

National Grid

National Grid received ENERGY STAR recognition for continuing its longstanding leadership in promoting long-term market transformation for energy efficiency through innovative and creative consumer outreach and educational efforts centering on ENERGY STAR certified products and practices. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

National Grid received an award for Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion.
  • Encouraging customers to purchase ENERGY STAR certified products, with significant impacts—as a result of the company’s campaigns, partnerships, and point-of-purchase materials, more than 3 million ENERGY STAR certified products were sold to customers in 2012.
  • Launching an innovative program to interact with the blogger community to educate readers about ENERGY STAR and the various deals and rebates National Grid offers on ENERGY STAR certified products. Over two dozen blog posts, Tweets, and Facebook posts were issued in coordination with bloggers.
  • Achieving energy savings of more than 92,500 MWh through the Massachusetts and Rhode Island ENERGY STAR Lighting and Products programs.

Special Recognition

Nicor Gas

Nicor received ENERGY STAR recognition for actively collaborating with other efficiency programs offered by Illinois utilities and state agencies to provide customer-centered, rather than single-fuel, energy efficiency solutions. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

  • Working with other utilities to develop and deliver to the market a state-wide commercial foodservice (CFS) fact sheet highlighting ENERGY STAR certified and other efficient products for commercial kitchens. To better compete with the used CFS equipment market, Nicor also redesigned incentives so that its rebate plus the energy savings overcome the initial price differential of new equipment.
  • Coordinating with ComEd to promote the simultaneous purchase of ENERGY STAR certified central air-conditioning and furnace equipment while offering additional incentives for the purchase of models recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2012.
  • Recruiting, to date, more than 75,000 customers to participate in Nicor efficiency programs, collectively saving $3.8 million in energy expenses.

Rocky Mountain Power

Rocky Mountain Power received ENERGY STAR recognition for its innovative marketing and outreach strategy. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

  • Incentivizing over 1,200 homes for a total of more than 10,000 ENERGY STAR certified homes and saving homeowners more than 20 million kWh since the program’s inception.
  • Partnering with local and state Home Builder Associations and local manufacturers to provide low-cost outreach marketing and builder trainings.
  • Providing on-site training to HVAC contractors as needed to help contractors understand the requirements of the HVAC checklist.

View the accomplishments of the Sustained Excellence Award recipients.

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