During its annual conference here, the American Council for an Energy
Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recognized Arizona’s investor-owned electric
Public Service Company and UniSource
Energy Services for their cutting-edge energy efficiency programs.
APS received the highest “exemplary” award in the commercial
and industrial comprehensive category for its Solutions
for Business energy efficiency program.
UniSource, which operates Tucson
Electric Power (TEP), received an “exemplary” award for
Energy Assessment Program in the residential category.
“ACEEE congratulates APS and UniSource Energy Services for implementing
outstanding energy efficiency programs that benefit their customers and
provide an example for utilities nationwide,” said Steven Nadel,
Executive Director of ACEEE.
Profiles of APS, UniSource and other programs recognized at the
conference will be published as a compendium late this spring and
include program descriptions, performance and lessons learned.
Reviews of nominations from throughout the United States are conducted
every five years by a panel of industry experts convened by ACEEE. The
judges look for examples of leading-edge designs and practices for
efficiency programs offered by utilities and related organizations.
“Energy efficiency is the lowest-cost, cleanest and last risky energy
resource available to electric utilities,” said Dr. Howard
Geller, Executive Director of the Southwest
Energy Efficiency Project and author of a recent report
that quantifies the benefits of cost-effective utility energy efficiency
programs. “APS and UniSource have elevated Arizona to the top tier of
states where ratepayers are reaping the benefits of robust energy
efficiency policies and programs.”
Award-winning programs were required to demonstrate success in helping
customers increase the energy efficiency of their homes, offices,
businesses, and industries.
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project is a public interestorganization
dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in Arizona, Colorado,Nevada,
New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. SWEEP collaborates with utilities such as
APS and UniSource, state agencies, local governments, energy efficiency
professionals and clean energy advocates.