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

Arizona Public Service (APS)

Arizona Public Service (APS) is Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electric utility, with more than 1.1 million customers. APS began its partnership with the ENERGY STAR® program in 2005, with the promotion of ENERGY STAR certified lighting and has since expanded its partnership to offer ENERGY STAR certified homes, Solutions for Business, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES), and ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps. More than 50 percent of total residential program savings come from programs directly tied to ENERGY STAR. 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 the HPwES, Energy Efficient Products, ENERGY STAR for Commercial and Industrial Buildings, and ENERGY STAR Certified Homes programs. Key 2014 accomplishments include:

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

  • Collaborating with FSL Home Improvements and Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District to offer a robust Arizona HPwES program.
  • Facilitating the sale of more than 4,750 ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps by working with more than 400 participating pool retailers, technicians, and distributors in its service territory.
  • Enabling commercial customers to obtain the building energy performance information they need by sponsoring training on benchmarking with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®.
  • Promoting the construction of more than 3,000 ENERGY STAR certified homes, resulting in 10,421 megawatt hours of savings.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is the largest utility in Maryland, serving more than 1.2 million electricity customers and more than 655,000 gas customers. BGE’s Smart Energy Savers Program offers residential energy efficiency solutions that leverage ENERGY STAR® certified products, new homes, and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES). BGE launched its residential energy efficiency programs in 2009, and, along with other utilities supporting EmPOWER Maryland, is making great strides toward achieving energy efficiency goals. BGE is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its successful certified homes and products programs. Key 2014 accomplishments include:

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Incentivizing more than 2,100 ENERGY STAR certified homes, bringing the program total to over 10,000. Collaborating with other Maryland utilities and industry stakeholders to advance the EmPower Maryland HPwES program.
  • Engaging more than 714,000 BGE customers and generating more than 180 million consumer impressions through TV, radio, direct mail, and outdoor and digital advertising, resulting in the sale of more than 2.4 million ENERGY STAR lighting and appliance products and energy savings of 54,000 kilowatt hours.

Columbia Gas of Ohio

AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio, the largest respective electric and gas utilities in the state, currently serve more than two million customers. Since 2010, the two utilities have worked together to bring a unified program to builders, contractors, and homebuyers across their service areas. AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio are receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for their shared commitment to sponsoring ENERGY STAR certified homes. Key 2014 accomplishments include:

Columbia Gas of Ohio received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Enrolling more than 100 builders, an increase of almost 20 percent since 2013, and providing incentives for 1,100 ENERGY STAR certified homes, for a cumulative total of over 3,700 since the program’s inception.
  • Providing a range of training opportunities to builders, contractors, trade allies, and real estate professionals, including sessions on HVAC quality installation, technical support, and general sales training.

ComEd

ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation that provides service to approximately 3.8 million predominantly residential customers. ComEd is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued success in leveraging ENERGY STAR and its initiative in reaching new consumers through targeted outreach, social media, and behavioral marketing. Key 2014 accomplishments include:

ComEd received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.

  • Helping generate the sale of 9.4 million ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs, deepening outreach to target segments to ensure that all customers benefit from energy efficiency programming.
  • Facilitating the benchmarking of more than 265 commercial and multifamily buildings through its energy use data system, allowing customers to more easily comply with the City of Chicago’s benchmarking and disclosure ordinance. To date, this resource, which allows users to automatically upload data into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, has been used to obtain energy data for about 4,200 buildings.
  • Coordinating with Nicor Gas to better accommodate and align with the statewide Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, including offering an expanded list of rebates for air sealing, attic and wall insulation and duct sealing. The weatherization component delivered more than 700 projects in 2014, and homeowners were issued completion certificates.

Focus on Energy

Focus on Energy is Wisconsin’s statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program funded by the state’s investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative 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 comprehensive approach to delivering Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) and Energy Efficient Products programs. Key 2014 accomplishments include:

Focus on Energy received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Scoring over 600 homes using the US Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score and evaluating how effective this program is in steering customers to residential portfolio programs. Delivering $3.1 million in residential incentives to HPwES projects and completing 1,976 HPwES projects in the first three quarters of 2014.
  • Enlisting a Trade Ally Advisory Group to provide insights on making the HPwES program profitable for contractors and cost effective for homeowners.
  • Increasing retailer participation in its Residential Lighting Program by 13 percent in 2014 to reach nearly 1,270 retail store locations across the state. The ENERGY STAR light bulbs and clothes washers delivered lifetime energy savings of approximately 1.8 billion kilowatt hours, 110 percent of the Program’s goal for 2014.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

As a public benefit corporation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) administers programs that are designed to help New York meet its energy goals: reduce energy consumption, promote the use of renewable energy sources, and protect the environment. In 2014, the combined energy savings from NYSERDA’s New Construction, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (HPwES), EmPower New York, and Qualifying Products programs are expected to save New York enough power to meet the annual electric needs of nearly 17,000 homes. NYSERDA is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of Year—Sustained Excellence for its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, and Energy Efficient Products programs. Key 2014 accomplishments include:

  • Converting 32 percent of HPwES assessments to projects, resulting in more than 6,300 completed projects in the first three quarters of 2014.
  • Experiencing an increase of more than 14 percent in the monetary value of the work completed in the HPwES program compared to last year.
  • Implementing new application procedures that resulted in 26 percent more applications for low cost financing over 2013.
  • Analyzing opportunities with NY Green Bank to support residential energy efficiency including business development loans for HPwES participating contractors and more flexible underwriting standards for consumer loans.
  • Offering incentives for more than 1,100 ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2014, for a total of 25,452 certified homes built since NYSERDA joined the program.

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc. (NEEP)

The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc., (NEEP) delivers the regionally coordinated Northeast Retail Products Initiative (the Initiative), which seeks to increase the use of ENERGY STAR® certified products, services, and practices in homes and business throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The initiative is sponsored by Cape Light Compact, National Grid (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York), Eversource MA, NHSaves (Liberty Utilities, Unitil, Eversource NH, New Hampshire Electric Co-op), Efficiency Vermont, Energize Connecticut (Eversource CT Electric and the United Illuminating Company), Connecticut Municipal Electrical Energy Cooperative, PSEG Long Island, New York State Energy Research Development Authority, and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (known collectively as “Sponsors”). NEEP is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its steady leadership on behalf of its Sponsors, who seek to steer the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions toward ever greater energy efficiency. Key 2014 accomplishments include:

NEEP received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Conducting regionally coordinated marketing efforts leveraging the ENERGY STAR brand platform and $2.8 million in sponsor investment to convey the benefits of energy efficiency.
  • Leveraging manufacturer and retailer discounts to promote ENERGY STAR certified lighting, resulting in the sale of almost three million light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and one million LED fixtures, and more than nine million standard and specialty compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and 145,000 CFL fixtures.
  • Delivering lifetime energy savings of more than 7.2 million megawatt hours, and carbon dioxide emissions reductions of about five million tons for the regions served.

PSEG Long Island

PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group, a publicly traded, diversified energy company with annual revenues of more than $10 billion. PSEG Long Island is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for its prominent integration of the ENERGY STAR platform in its Energy Efficient Products and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) programs on Long Island. Key accomplishments in 2014 include:

PSEG Long Island received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.
  • Providing incentives on 3,333 ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps representing an almost 1,666-percent increase over its 2014 program goal.
  • Leading its peers in promoting and offering incentives for electric dryers certified to the new ENERGY STAR specification in 2014, and later introducing incentives for heat pump clothes dryers, in advance of the January 2015 effective date.
  • Generating in excess of 17 megawatts or 115 percent of its 2014 goal, and more than 126,000 megawatt hours or 108 percent of its 2014 goal through the ENERGY STAR-focused products program, largely due to high customer participation in the ENERGY STAR lighting and pool pump product categories.

Southern California Edison (SCE)

SCE received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence recognition for this approach, which 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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