ACEEE Announces Five Top Energy-Efficiency Award Winning Programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, and New York
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Washington, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today announced the first-ever awards initiative for exceptional state-led energy efficiency programs. A total of 18 top programs from 14 states are being recognized by ACEEE.
The top five award winning programs are:
The panel also selected 10 programs for honorable mentions, and three "emerging" programs. (See full list below.)
For the "States Stepping Forward: Best Practices for State-Led Energy Efficiency Programs" awards, ACEEE accepted nominations from programs administered by state institutions and an expert panel then examined the field of nominations. The five winners come from different regions of the country and represent exemplary models for energy efficiency program implementation. The programs reach broadly across the economy including residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, agricultural, and transportation sectors.
David Terry, Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Offices, said: "Energy efficiency efforts are thriving at the state level in ways that most people may not be aware of today. The program winners demonstrate how state governments can implement successful, cost-effective energy efficiency programs aimed at a variety of customer types. Rather than creating unnecessary competition, these programs complement and expand upon the existing energy efficiency program landscape offered by utilities and third-party program administrators."
Michael Sciortino, lead author of the national report at ACEEE, stated: "As new funding sources become available to states through the Recovery Act, regional cap-and-trade initiatives, and other state and federal sources, state governments are stepping forward to take on important responsibilities implementing energy efficiency programs. Our report highlights programs recently developed with these new sources of funding as well as many well-established programs that have been saving energy costs for consumers for decades."
ACEEE Executive Director Steve Nadel added: "This review of state-led energy efficiency programs offers further evidence that cost-effective investments in energy-saving technologies and services improve economic competitiveness. Simply put, energy efficiency works. These state programs benefit customers in numerous ways, generating significant energy savings, training thousands of professionals, lowering energy costs, and reducing the negative environmental impacts of energy use. Many featured programs demonstrate collaboration between public and private stakeholders, serving as models for effectively coordinated and highly-leveraged programs that can last for years to come."
In addition to the top five recognized programs, ACEEE also drew attention to the following state-level initiatives:
To read the full ACEEE report and to review the complete listing of the state energy efficiency programs in all three award categories, visit: http://www.aceee.org/research-report/e106.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection. 2010 marks ACEEE’s 30th anniversary as an organization.