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Energy efficiency program earns national recognition
Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010
A WSU energy program is among the winners in the first awards initiative by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
A total of 18 programs from 14 states were recognized for exceptional state-led energy efficiency programs. Only two, including WSU's, were university programs.
The programs reach broadly across the economy, according to the ACEEE, including residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, agricultural and transportation sectors.
"The program winners demonstrate how state governments can implement successful, cost-effective energy efficiency programs aimed at a variety of customer types," said David Terry of the National Association of State Energy Offices. "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."
"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," said Steve Nadel, ACEEE executive director.
Awards went to the top five programs, three emerging programs and 10 honorable mentions - which included the WSU Energy Services Industrial Program, part of WSU Extension Energy.
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.