Efficiency Vermont among winners of 2022 ENERGY STAR Awards

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Efficiency Vermont among winners of 2022 ENERGY STAR Awards

Fri, 05/06/2022 - 2:47pm -- tim

13 organizations in New England are leading the way in support of America’s clean energy transition

Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are announcing the winners of the 2022 ENERGY STAR Awards. These 210 organizations, which represent the top ENERGY STAR partners, are making important contributions in support of America’s clean energy transition. They come from 37 states and span nearly every sector of the economy, including Fortune 500 companies, schools, retailers, manufacturers, home builders, and commercial building owners and operators across the United States. In New England, 13 organizations across four of the states are leading the way in support of America’s clean energy transition.

“We know it’s going to take all of us working together to tackle the climate crisis, and the 2022 ENERGY STAR award-winning partners are demonstrating what it takes to build a more sustainable future,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “These companies are showing once again that taking action in support of a clean energy economy can be good not only for the environment, but also for business and customers.”

“We thank our New England ENERGY STAR partners for their efforts to commit to cost-saving, energy efficient solutions that protect the environment and work to combat climate change,” said EPA New England Regional Administrator David W. Cash. “EPA is proud to recognize these companies’ outstanding efforts to make energy efficiency a priority for years and demonstrating that economic growth and clean energy go hand in hand.”

For 30 years, ENERGY STAR has been America’s resource for saving energy, fighting climate change, improving air quality, and protecting public health. In 2020, energy savings from ENERGY STAR and its partners helped reduce U.S. electricity consumption by the equivalent of over 10% of total U.S. demand, while delivering emissions reductions equivalent to 5% of U.S. total greenhouse gas emissions. These savings also led to significant reductions in sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), protecting the air we breathe.

Leading the way in delivering these results are award-winning partners that have demonstrated a commitment to energy efficiency through ENERGY STAR. More than 150 of these award winners are being recognized for their continued commitment, year after year, to energy efficiency through the program’s highest honor: ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. 

The 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award Winners in New England are:

  • (Conn.) Energize Connecticut, of Orange, in partnership with Eversource Energy and AVANGRID, Inc. subsidiaries UI, SCG, and CNG, electric and gas utilities, replaced oil and propane heaters with air-source heat pumps through a pilot program offering rebates of up to $1,500/ton. Energize Connecticut has been a Sustained Excellence winner for five years.
  • (Mass.) Beacon Capital Partners, a private real estate investment firm based in Boston, continued its longstanding commitment to ENERGY STAR and energy conservation, including implementing several major projects to drive energy reductions across its portfolio and promoting the value of ENERGY STAR and energy management to internal staff. Beacon Capital Partners has been a Sustained Excellence winner for nine years.
  • (Mass.) Boston Properties, a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust based in Boston, committed to corporate sustainability, including carbon-neutral operations by 2025, while integrating ENERGY STAR into all aspects of its energy management program. Boston Properties has been a Sustained Excellence winner for two years.
  • (Mass.) National Grid (RI), an electricity and natural gas company based in Waltham, Mass., met the increased demand for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR services by performing 11,750 energy assessments and delivering efficiency improvements that saved almost 24,000 MMBtu of energy. National Grid (RI) has been a Sustained Excellence winner for five years.
  • (Mass.) Office Properties Income Trust, a real estate investment firm based in Newton, maintained an ongoing dedication to improving its energy management program and achieved ENERGY STAR certification for 44 buildings in 2021. Office Properties Income Trust has been a Sustained Excellence winner for three years.
  • (Mass.) Raytheon Technologies, an aerospace and defense company based in Waltham, demonstrated continued leadership in leveraging ENERGY STAR tools to advance energy and decarbonization management practices by achieving over 6.45 million kilowatt hours and 33,859 therms in annual energy savings in 2021. Raytheon Technologies has been a Sustained Excellence winner for 15 years.
  • (Mass.) The RMR Group LLC, an asset management company based in Newton, demonstrated a commitment to improving its portfolio energy management program, leveraging ENERGY STAR tools and resources in unique ways to communicate throughout its organization and achieving ENERGY STAR certification for 62 buildings in 2021. The RMR Group LLC has been a Sustained Excellence winner for two years.
  • (Mass.) The Sponsors of Mass Save, a collaborative based in Westborough, formed by Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil to offer statewide energy efficiency programs, has educated residents of Massachusetts about ENERGY STAR and energy-saving solutions for more than 20 years. These entities have been Sustained Excellence winners for five years.
  • (N.H.) Chinburg Builders, a regional home builder based in Newmarket, has built over 700 ENERGY STAR certified homes since joining the program in 2004 and demonstrated its ongoing commitment to building and selling ENERGY STAR certified homes by promoting ENERGY STAR in all of its print and electronic marketing materials. Chinburg Builders has been a Sustained Excellence winner for five years.
  • (N.H.) New Hampshire Electric & Gas Utilities, a utility consortium based in Manchester, for consistently promoting energy efficiency best practices to builders, consumers, and other stakeholders, while supporting the construction of 850 ENERGY STAR certified homes and increasing market share to nearly 33 percent statewide since 2002. New Hampshire Electric & Gas Utilities has been a Sustained Excellence winner for eight years.
  • (Vt.) Efficiency Vermont, a statewide, regulated energy efficiency utility based in Winooski, achieved more than 47,000 MWh and 11,000 MMBtu in energy savings from its energy efficiency programs that promote ENERGY STAR products, tools, and resources. Efficiency Vermont has been a Sustained Excellence winner for seven years.

The 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award Winners in New England are:

  • (Conn.) Xerox Corporation, a work solutions company based in Norwalk, earned ENERGY STAR certification for 100% of its product lines, while training over 1,600 retailers and distributors about the benefits of ENERGY STAR imaging equipment.
  • (Mass.) National Grid, an electric and gas utility in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island based in Waltham, Mass., deployed a three-pillar strategic marketing campaign targeting a broad audience, including the underserved, that resulted in ENERGY STAR education, engagement, and adoption across a wide assortment of certified products.

Read more about the 2022 ENERGY STAR Award Winners' achievements.

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $500 billion in energy costs and achieve more than 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More background information about ENERGY STAR’s impacts can be found at www.energystar.gov/impacts and state-level information can be found at www.energystar.gov/statefacts.

BOSTON (May 5, 2022) – EPA Region 1: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-1-new-england