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NEEA Recognized for National Leadership in Energy-Efficient Homes

EPA Honors NEEA with a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award  

Portland, Ore. – Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized its Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes initiative with a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in accelerating energy efficiency in the residential building market. This is NEEA’s sixth award from ENERGY STAR.

A select group of organizations qualify for the 2013 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Awards for exhibiting outstanding leadership in energy efficiency, from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

NEEA has worked with the EPA and NEEA’s utility partners to implement the Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes program (NWESH) since 2005.  NEEA and its utility partners have accelerated market adoption of energy-efficient homes over the past 8 years by developing an infrastructure in the market to help key market partners build, verify, value and sell homes that exceed state building costs by at least 15 percent.

As the program has evolved, training and outreach now includes builders, verifiers/raters, HVAC technicians, real estate agents and appraisers. The program has additionally executed annual consumer marketing campaigns to increase awareness and help generate demand for ENERGY STAR certified homes. The Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes program spans Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington and serves over 140 utility territories.

“NEEA is deeply honored to be named as 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year,” said Susan E. Stratton, executive director, NEEA. “Through close collaboration with our utility and market partners, the homes program has achieved great strides toward market transformation and long-term energy efficiency for residential construction in the Northwest. NEEA will continue our efforts to support Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes, while looking for new ways to push the efficient homes market into the future.”

The Sustained Excellence Award winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

"EPA is recognizing NEEA for earning EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award - the 2013 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award,” said Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “NEEA leads the field with its commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money, and create a healthier environment.”

Across the U.S., top companies and organizations are leading the way toward a more energy-efficient future through their participation in ENERGY STAR. Over the last 20 years, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. 

The Partner of the Year Awards are given at an EPA ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2013.

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About the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is a non-profit organization working to accelerate energy efficiency to meet our future energy needs. NEEA is supported by and works in collaboration with the Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Trust of Oregon and more than 100 Northwest utilities on behalf of more than 12 million energy consumers. NEEA uses the market power of the region to accelerate the innovation and adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices. Since 1997, NEEA and its partners have saved enough energy to power more than 600,000 homes each year. Energy efficiency can satisfy more than half of our new demand for energy, saving money and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live. www.neea.org

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).