EPA Recognizes SMMPA And Their Member Utilities With 2010 ENERGY STAR® Excellence In ENERGY STAR Promotion Award

EPA Recognizes SMMPA And Their Member Utilities With 2010 ENERGY STAR® Excellence In ENERGY STAR Promotion Award

March 01, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named SMMPA and its 18 Member Municipal Utilities as 2010 Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion Award winners for their outstanding contributions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by sponsoring significant consumer education efforts to promote energy efficiency. SMMPA and its Members’ accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2010. SMMPA and its Members also received a Partner of the Year award in 2003 and 2004 for leadership in energy efficiency. 

An ENERGY STAR partner since 2001, SMMPA and its Members are being honored for highly effective delivery of their energy efficiency programs that promote products that meet ENERGY STAR guidelines for energy efficiency. SMMPA’s Commercial Food Service Program has received national recognition from the EPA, its appliance recycling programs have been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money column, and in 2009 SMMPA and member Preston Public Utilities delivered the successful Catch Savings in Preston project that encouraged an entire community to convert to compact fluorescent lighting. 

 “Our partnership with ENERGY STAR is an important part of SMMPA’s business,” said Ray Hayward, CEO, SMMPA. “We continually search for innovative new ways to help our Members help their customers use energy more efficiently, and ENERGY STAR products are a great way to ensure that customers save electricity and money and protect the environment.”

The Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion Award is given to a variety of organizations to recognize their efforts to improve energy efficiency, resulting in significant cost savings and to reduce emissions. Award winners are selected from more than 17,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

“By creatively promoting ENERGY STAR, partners like SMMPA and its Members are making it easy for consumers to find energy-efficient products in the marketplace,” said Gina McCarthy, EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. “Organizations such as SMMPA and its Members are leaders in showing Americans how they can protect our environment through energy efficiency.”