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Eight New England Organizations Receive 2013 Energy Star Awards

Release Date: 03/26/2013
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – March 26, 2013) - Eight New England organizations have received 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year awards. Each year the U.S. EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Organizations are recognized in several different categories including Energy Management, Energy Efficiency Program Delivery, Energy Efficiency Program Sponsor, and Energy Star Promotion. Organizations who receive Energy Star Awards for three or more years receive Sustained Excellence awards in these categories.

The New England award winners include:

Partner of the Year, Sustained Excellence in Energy Management

HEI Hotels & Resorts of Norwalk, Conn. is a leading hospitality investment company that acquires, develops, owns and operates full service hotels and resorts. It has a current portfolio of 36 hotels totaling more than 8 million square feet throughout the United States. HEI is receiving Energy Star Recognition for innovative energy management practices that sustain year-over-year savings and expand the energy conservation culture at all levels of the organization. HEI also won Partner of the Year awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Raytheon Company of Waltham, Mass. is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security, and other government markets. Employee engagement, starting with the CEO and extending through a team of 25 energy professionals to a network of 1, 500 Energy Champions and 37,000 Raytheon Energy Citizens at their 57 locations in the U.S. is the backbone of Raytheon’s program. Raytheon also won Energy Star awards in 2001, 2003, and 2007 through 2012.

Staples, Inc. of Framingham, Mass. is the world’s largest office products retailer serving businesses of all sizes and consumers in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Along with a commitment to sell energy efficient products, Staples has set a number of goals for their facilities including insuring that all retail locations are Energy Star certified by 2020. Staples received Energy Star awards in 1999, 2011, and 2012.

Partner of the Year, Energy Management

Beacon Capital Partners, LLC of Boston, Mass. received their award for promoting Energy Star products and practices in their own operations. Beacon Capitol also won this award in 2012.

Partner of the Year, Sustained Excellence in Energy Efficiency Program Delivery

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) of Lexington, Mass. has won Energy Star Partner of the Year awards every year since 2000. NEEP started the Northeast Retail Products Initiative, whose mission is to promote energy efficiency in homes and businesses in the Northeast through regionally coordinated programs that increase the use of Energy Star qualified products, services and practices. NEEP accomplishes this by working with its sponsoring organizations including Cape Light Compact; National Grid; NSTAR Electric; Western Mass. Electric Company; NH Saves (National Grid, Unitil, Public Service of N.H., N.H. Electric Co-op); Efficiency Vermont; Efficiency Maine; Conn. Light and Power; The United Illuminating Company; Long Island Power Authority and the N.Y. State Energy Research and Development Authority.

Partner of the Year, Energy Efficiency Program

The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF), an initiative to help homeowners and renters, small and large businesses, and state and local governments get in the habit of using energy more efficiently. The United Illuminating Company (UI),a unit of UIL Holdings Corporation, is a New Haven-based regional electric distribution company established in 1899. UI is engaged in the purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity and related services to 325,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the Greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas. Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) is the state’s largest electric utility serving 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns. CEEF partners with UI and CL&P to offer residents access to the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

Partner of the Year, Energy Efficiency Program Sponsor

New Hampshire CORE Utilities of Manchester, N.H. is a multi-utility energy efficiency service provider effort that includes Liberty Utilities; N.H. Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Public Service Company of N.H.; and Unitil Energy Systems, Inc. N.H. CORE Utilities is receiving the Energy Star Partner of the Year award for its successful implementation of the Energy Star Certified Home and Home Performance with Energy Star programs.

Partner of the Year, Sustained Excellence in Energy Star Promotion

National Grid of Waltham, Mass. received an award for promoting energy efficient products, homes and buildings that help expand the reach of Energy Star. National Grid also won awards in 2006 and 2008 through 2012. National Grid is an energy delivery company serving about 3.4 million customers in Mass., N.H., N.Y. and R.I.

Launched in 1992 by EPA, Energy Star is a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Over the past 20 years, with help from Energy Star, American families and businesses have saved about $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Today, the Energy Star label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products and more than 1.3 million new homes, in addition to the more than 20,000 commercial buildings.

More information on Energy Star: http://www.ENERGYSTAR.gov

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Note: Edited on 3/27/13 - revised text under "Partner of the Year, Energy Efficiency Program" category to clarify roles and relationships of award winner.