Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and its Sponsors earn 14TH consecutive award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Northeast Retail Products Initiative a 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. The Initiative, 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.
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 six Excellence Awards, one award for Excellence in Product Labeling, and seven Sustained Excellence Awards- the most prestigious.
For over a decade the Initiative has been collaborating to build greater market awareness and availability of energy efficient lighting, consumer electronics, and appliance products throughout the region. By leveraging their collective resources, utilities and other efficiency program administrators, which together serve over fifteen million households, are able to yield more energy and cost savings than through individual state or service territory program efforts. Participants of the Northeast Retail Products Initiative honored by the Energy Star Award include:
• Cape Light Compact
• National Grid (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York)
• NSTAR Electric
• Western Massachusetts Electric Company
• NHSaves (National Grid, Unitil, Public Service of New Hampshire, New Hampshire Electric Co-op)
• Efficiency Vermont
• Connecticut Light & Power
• The United Illuminating Company
• Long Island Power Authority (LIPA)
• New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA)
• The DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU)
"NEEP is committed to accelerating energy efficiency through partnerships with utilities such as the Northeast Retail Products Initiative," said Sue Coakley, Executive Director of NEEP. "We are very proud of our partners for their tremendous efforts in making the Northeast a sustained leader in energy efficiency. Our success for the region is a direct result of the commitment these utilities 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. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors. Award winners are selected from about 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
"EPA is recognizing Northeast Retail Products Initiative for earning EPA's highest ENERGY STAR award - the 2013 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award," said Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "The Northeast Retail Products Initiative leads the field with their commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money, and create a healthier environment."
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. Visit www.neep.org for more details.
ABOUT ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. About 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).