ACEEE Recognizes The Nation's Top Energy Efficiency Programs

April 11, 2003

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Wendy Koch, 202-507-4753, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is pleased to announce its new report profiling 63 energy efficiency programs selected from around the country for their "best practices." These 63 programs are spread across 20 different program categories, ranging from commercial new construction to residential lighting. ACEEE selected these programs from over 130 programs nominated in a national search.

America's Best: Profiles of America's Leading Energy Efficiency Programs summarizes an awards program initiated by ACEEE in 2002 to recognize outstanding energy efficiency programs and honor the people and organizations responsible for their success. In addition to profiles of each honored program, the report also includes observations on the nominated and honored programs.

An expert panel reviewed all the nominations and selected the programs to be honored and profiled in this report. The programs selected for honors were deemed to be especially noteworthy for their effectiveness and innovation in helping customers achieve greater levels of energy efficiency in their homes, businesses, and facilities. In doing so, these programs helped reduce customers' energy costs and also yielded significant broader economic and environmental benefits. According to Martin Kushler, Ph.D., ACEEE's Utilities Program Director, "We sought to recognize the many unsung heroes of state and utility efforts to improve energy efficiency, and spotlight these programs as models for others to emulate."

"These programs clearly demonstrate the maturation and sophistication of today's best energy efficiency programs," commented Dan York, ACEEE's Utilities Research Associate and project director. He added, "While these programs are diverse in many respects, they share a number of attributes, including an emphasis on partnerships and collaborations, a focus on customer needs, and a goal of providing high-quality services to customers. Most importantly, they all share a track record of successfully delivering significant energy savings."

America's Best: Profiles of America's Leading Energy Efficiency Programs, by Dan York and Martin Kushler, is available for free at http://aceee.org/pubs/u032.htm. A hard copy can be purchased for $60.00 from ACEEE Publications, 529 14th Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20045, phone: 202-507-4000, fax: 202-429-2248, e-mail: aceee_publications@aceee.org.