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Commercial Property Owners and Managers Participate in “Kilowatt Crackdown”

More than 45 buildings in the Boise area voluntarily entered the 2013 Kilowatt Crackdown, a competition to improve energy performance of commercial buildings. At an event today, participating property owners and managers were acknowledged by the City of Boise, Idaho Power, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Boise and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (NEEA) BetterBricks.

BOISE, Idaho, April 11, 2013 – Commercial property owners and managers participating in the 2013 Kilowatt Crackdown competition were recognized today by Boise Mayor David H. Bieter and representatives from Idaho Power, NEEA’s BetterBricks and BOMA Boise, for efforts to improve energy performance in their buildings. The contest is designed to develop a community-wide benchmark for energy performance, analyze and report data, develop action plans and implement strategies that save energy and reduce operating costs for commercial buildings.

“Again and again, we’ve seen proof that what’s good for the environment is also good for business,” Mayor Bieter told the audience at today’s celebration in Boise. “These energy efficiency improvements can reduce our carbon footprint while also saving businesses money and boosting the bottom line. Sustainability and economic vitality go hand-in-hand in creating a livable city like Boise.”

Today’s presenters included Idaho Power Vice President of Customer Operations Warren Kline and Sylvia Hampel, Building Owners and Managers Association Boise President. Scott Schoenherr with Rafanelli & Nahas, spoke on behalf of the Boise Plaza, location for today’s event and Kilowatt Crackdown participant.

Kline applauded the owners and property managers for their leadership in elevating the importance of using energy effectively in their buildings. “It’s vital we pursue cost-effective energy efficiency programs and opportunities like the Kilowatt Crackdown effort because energy efficiency is a least cost resource and  managing energy use helps keep rates lower,” he said.

The contest sponsored by NEEA’s BetterBricks, Idaho Power and BOMA, began in January and concludes May 2014. Throughout the competition, participants benchmark their buildings’ energy use through ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager and, with the help of their Energy Coach, identify energy saving opportunities to address in their buildings. At the end of the competition, performance levels will be assessed through ENERGY STAR to identify the highest performing buildings and greatest improvement.

To learn more about the Idaho Power’s energy efficiency programs for commercial customers, go to www.idahopower.com/business. More information on the Kilowatt Crackdown is available at http://www.kilowatt-crackdown.com/region/boise.

About Idaho Power Company:

Idaho Power began operations in 1916. Today, the electric utility employs approximately 2,000 people who serve more than 500,000 customers throughout a 24,000-square-mile area in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects as the core of its generation portfolio, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest rates for electricity. IDACORP, Inc. (NYSE: IDA) is the investor-owned utility’s parent company based in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit www.idahopower.com or www.idacorpinc.com.

About NEEA’s BetterBricks:

BetterBricks is the commercial building initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), which is supported by northwest electric utilities. Through BetterBricks, NEEA advances ideas to accelerate energy savings in new and existing commercial buildings. BetterBricks education & training, online resources and recognition of industry leaders guide and inspire building professionals to embrace best practices, improve energy performance and achieve their sustainability goals. Visit www.BetterBricks.com to connect to these powerful energy ideas and more.

About BOMA Boise:

At BOMA Boise, our mission is to represent, educate and promote the interests of professionals who own, manage or support commercial real estate in Idaho. BOMA Boise members receive the latest information on technology, legislative issues and trends that affect the real estate industry; stay connected to a network of professionals that represent the leading companies in the real estate industry in Idaho; gain access to the premiere professional development curriculum that can fast-track their career in the real estate industry; and benefit from all coordinated advocacy programs at the local, state and federal levels that address the commercial real estate industry's unique needs and issues. Get answers now by emailing: bae@bomaboise.org and learn more when you visit www.bomaboise.org.

 


Contact:         

Anne Alenskis, Communications Specialist

Idaho Power

aalenskis@idahopower.com

(208)388-2460

1-800-458-1443 media line

Sarah Lazzaro, Marketing Manager

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

slazzaro@neea.org

503-688-5439