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United States: EPA recognizes Northeast Energy Efficiency Initiative with 2013 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award

Published at: Mar 8, 2013
source: VTDigger.org

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Efficiency Vermont, in partnership with Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, earns 14TH consecutive award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Efficiency Vermont a 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The award was presented to Efficiency Vermont and the ten other organizations who participate in the Northeast Retail Products Initiative, in recognition of continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The Initiative, which is facilitated by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and made up of utilities and energy efficiency program administrators in New England, New York, and Washington D.C., will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March
26, 2013.

Efficiency Vermont works with a network of more than 200 retail outlets in Vermont to decrease the cost of a wide range of ENERGY STAR qualified efficient products, including clothes washers, refrigerators, and efficient light bulbs. In 2012 alone, more than 1 million energy-efficient CFL and LED light bulbs were sold in Vermont. "We are very pleased to share this success with all of our retail partners - and with the state as a whole," said Jim Merriam, Director of Efficiency Vermont. "Every day Vermonters are making smart choices about the products they buy: reducing their energy bills, and our state's overall energy consumption."

An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2000, the Northeast Retail Products Initiative will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency. During the last thirteen years, the Initiative has won 14 awards including seven prestigious Sustained Excellence Awards.

"Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships is committed to speeding the adoption of high efficiency products in the region through our partnership with Efficiency Vermont in the Retail Products Initiative," said Sue Coakley, Executive Director of NEEP. "By leveraging our resources, our initiative, which collectively serves over fifteen million households, is able to yield more energy and cost savings for families and businesses than through individual program efforts. We are very proud of Efficiency Vermont for their tremendous efforts in helping to make the Northeast a sustained leader in energy efficiency. Our success for the region is a direct result of the commitment they dedicate to accelerating energy efficiency for our environment, our economy, and our communities."

For over 20 years, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

The 2013 Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, employing innovative approaches, and showing others what can be achieved through energy efficiency. Award winners are selected from about 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont's environment. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com.

NEEP is a regional non-profit whose mission is to serve the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to accelerate energy efficiency in the building sector through public policy, program strategies and education. NEEP's Market Strategies team supports the collaboration of energy efficiency program administrators and other key stakeholders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to achieve long-term cost-effective energy savings by broadening the market availability and consumer demand for high quality, energy efficient products and services.


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