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

Arizona Public Service (APS)

APS received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its role as a regional leader in energy efficiency and its ongoing commitment to the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) programs. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

Arizona Public Service received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.

  • Implementing a successful HPwES program by collaborating with FSL Home Energy Solutions, Salt River Project (SRP), and Southwest Gas Corporation (SGC).
  • Exceeding program goals for HPwES by conducting over 5,000 audits and 2,384 retrofits, while maintaining a strong conversion rate of 32.4 percent.
  • Providing incentives for more than 1,840 ENERGY STAR certified homes, bringing the total number of certified homes since 2006 to nearly 12,000.

Austin Energy

Austin Energy received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for continuing to enhance and expand its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

Austin Energy received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Achieving 96 percent of its annual HPwES retrofit goals by completing more than 2,134 retrofits, saving homeowners approximately 4,161 MWh.
  • Encouraging HPwES participants to implement all recommended efficiency measures through consumer education and incentives; 33 percent of all participants completed all measures.
  • Identifying and targeting tightly defined market segments with demographically and contextually relevant messaging. Austin Energy also maximized display advertising by implementing data-driven targeting, including behavioral, search, and site retargeting.

Constellation Energy/Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)

BGE received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued success in leveraging ENERGY STAR messaging to highlight quality and help customers identify efficient products and new homes. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

Baltimore Gas and Electric received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Helping generate the sale of more than 2.5 million ENERGY STAR certified lighting products, bringing the program total to over 12 million and saving BGE customers more than 450,000 MWh.
  • Providing targeted incentives to lowering the upfront costs of ENERGY STAR certified appliances, influencing the sale of 37,000 units for a program total of 142,000 units and savings in excess of 19,000 MWh.
  • Strengthening Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) participating contractor resources, including sales training, guidebooks, mentoring, and a contractor report card designed to motivate project completions and customer service.

ComEd

ComEd received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued success in leveraging ENERGY STAR and actively coordinating with other energy efficiency program administrators in its service territory to deliver customer-centered, market-friendly energy efficiency offerings. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

ComEd received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Helping customers save more than 934 million net kWh of electricity and exceeding its statutory goals by nearly 54 percent—more than half of these savings come from initiatives tied directly to ENERGY STAR.
  • Completing 450 energy assessments and Home Performance
    with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) projects, with approximately 65
    percent of participants achieving at least a 15 percent total
    energy savings and qualifying for the Illinois HPwES Certificates of Completion.
  • Coordinating with Nicor Gas to successfully 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.

Focus on Energy

Focus on Energy received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for its comprehensive approach to the delivery of commercial and residential sector energy efficiency programs. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

Focus on Energy received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Increasing Wisconsin participation in EPA’s National Building Competition by helping facilities make energy efficiency upgrades with support from technical staff members and by providing financial resources. Focus on Energy’s business programs served more than 4,800 customers, saving approximately 448 million kWh of electricity and 22.1 million therms of gas.
  • Promoting a variety of ENERGY STAR certified products across its residential, commercial, and industrial programs. In addition, at over 650 retail locations across the state, instant consumer incentives coupled with sales training and point of sale promotions yielded an estimated savings of more than 150 million kWh in 2012.
  • Helping with 1,785 projects through its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program by shifting its program design to a contractor-based model enabling greater participation for homeowners and re-enrolling trade allies into the new program model.

Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)

LIPA received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for delivering its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program. LIPA also promotes ENERGY STAR certified products and ENERGY STAR certified homes. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

LIPA received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Generating 5,460 MWh of energy savings and peak demand reductions of 1.47 MW, and rebating a total of more than $9.2 million to 4,237 customers participating in LIPA’s HPwES program since the program began in 2006.
  • Increasing HPwES program participation by 2,413 customers. These homeowners received free Comprehensive Home Assessments and ‘direct installs’ of select energy efficiency measures identified at the time of the initial audit.
  • Expanding the LIPA program to offer free energy audits and low-interest loans to qualifying customers, and starting the On Bill Recovery Loan Program through LIPA’s partnership with NYSERDA and Green Jobs Green New York.

LG&E and KU

LG&E and KU received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for their continued technical, marketing, and educational support promoting the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

LG&E and KU received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Providing incentives for 341 ENERGY STAR certified homes, for a total of 2,677 certified homes since the program was launched in 2009.
  • Delivering the yearlong “Technical Training Series” for builders, home energy raters, and allied industry groups to emphasize the value of continued support of the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 program model.
  • Achieving an estimated 2,189 MWh in annual electric savings and 747 kW in annual demand reductions.

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU)

NJBPU received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its innovative and high quality delivery of energy efficiency programming across the residential sector. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

NJBPU received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Completing 9,966 assessments and 3,702 projects, bringing the total number of completed projects since 2007 to over 11,000.
  • Saving 832 kW annual demand reduction and 2,676 MWh in annual electric savings as well as 42,319 Dth annual gas savings.
  • Providing educational and technical webinars and orientation sessions to new contractors.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

NYSERDA received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program. NYSERDA also undertakes activities to promote ENERGY STAR certified products and ENERGY STAR certified homes. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

NYSERDA received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Completing 5,755 HPwES projects and 775 quality assurance field inspections, and exceeding a 35 percent assessment-to-completed project conversion rate.
  • Training over 4,000 participants in energy efficiency technologies and practices as part of NYSERDA’s energy efficiency workforce development initiatives.
  • Incentivizing 1,800 New York ENERGY STAR certified homes, for a total of 21,600 homes built since NYSERDA joined the program.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc. (NEEP)

NEEP facilitates the Northeast Retail Products Initiative (the Initiative), sponsored by several organizations in the area. The Initiative received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year— Sustained Excellence recognition for expanding on its tradition of employing regional collaboration as the key driver of market transformation for ENERGY STAR certified products geographically—with the addition of new members—and programmatically through the expansion of coordinated energy efficiency programming. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

NEEP received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Achieving lasting energy savings—4.4 million MWh in lifetime energy savings in 2012 alone—through cooperative promotions with retailers and manufacturers, retailer training, incentives, and customer marketing and education.
  • Continuing relationships with more than 4,000 retailers to help train sales staff on the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified appliances and lighting products, making more than 24,000 site visits to partnering retail stores.
  • Creating consumer education materials to help guide consumers through the changing landscape of lighting, and broadening regional lighting programs to include ENERGY STAR certified specialty CFLs and LED products.

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for its innovative and high quality marketing as well as continued commitment to the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

NEEA received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Providing incentives for 3,030 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2012, for a total of 20,134 certified homes since the program’s inception in 2005.
  • Achieving an estimated 9 million kWh of annual energy savings in 2012.
  • Facilitating delivery of a Cost Data Addendum form to the market, with the help of local experts. The form provides builders with a means to communicate the value of installed energy measures to their appraisers. Over 200 appraisers took the training determining the value of installed energy measures.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

PG&E received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its campaigns to promote ENERGY STAR certified products, collaborations to help build stakeholder support for ENERGY STAR programs and product specifications, and programs designed to bring ENERGY STAR certified products directly into customer homes and businesses. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

PG&E received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Helping customers save more than $2 billion in average lifecycle energy bills, and avoid the emissions of nearly 840,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
  • Providing customers with energy data for the benchmarking of more than 6,000 commercial buildings in EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool—more than any other utility in the country. PG&E continued to demonstrate its leadership in supporting commercial building benchmarking through an extensive training program and web-based resources, and an extensive outreach campaign to 53,000 building owners encouraging them to benchmark in Portfolio Manager.
  • Continuing to offer innovative streamlined ENERGY STAR-focused retail channel programs that cross utility service territory and state lines, simplifying program administration, reducing participation costs for retail and manufacturer partners, and driving a consistent message to customers about the benefits of energy efficiency.

Southern California Edison (SCE)

SCE received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for their approach of leveraging ENERGY STAR at a corporate and strategic level to engage its customers in an effort to advance energy efficiency in a lasting manner. This has enabled SCE and its customers to save over 8.6 billion kWh in the past five years, enough energy to power more than 1.2 million California homes. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

SCE received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Expanding on enrollment in SCE’s Automated Benchmarking Service through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to more than 177 unique SCE customers with over 1,000 buildings.
  • Promoting refrigerators and clothes washers recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2012 with higher incentives in a high impact, high visibility redesign of one of its largest mass market rebate programs to incorporate a tiered incentive.
  • Achieving, in partnership with its customers, 1,593 GWh in energy savings and 294 MW of permanent demand reduction.

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

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