PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced PECO has been selected as a 2015 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. PECO, along with sister Exelon utilities BGE, based in Baltimore, and ComEd, based in Chicago, will be honored for their long-term commitment to energy efficiency at the EPA awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2015.
Since the inception of PECO Smart Ideas in 2009, the company’s highly successful suite of energy efficiency programs has received seven awards in total and now receives its third Partner of the Year Award in Energy Efficiency Program Delivery for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency efforts. The company is commended for its continuous contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by delivering information, services and products to its customers to increase energy efficiency.
“We are truly honored to be recognized by the EPA for our efforts to help our customers save energy and money,” said Craig Adams, PECO president and CEO. “The success of PECO Smart Ideas is really a true testament to the commitment of our customers to take the important steps to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and businesses and join us in having a positive impact on our environment.”
PECO Smart Ideas offers programs to help residential, business, government, nonprofit and institutional customers save energy and money. Since 2009, PECO customers have saved more than $420 million through energy efficiency and PECO Smart Ideas rebates, and reduced their electricity use by more than 1.8 million megawatt hours. This energy savings has the same environmental benefit as planting more than 1.9 million trees or not driving more than 2 billion miles.
|In addition to the EPA award, PECO Smart Ideas has been honored by energy industry leaders and other organizations, including:|
|• 2014 Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance Energy Champion Award|
|• 2014 E-Source Outdoor Ad Award|
|• 2013 E- Source Overall Ad Campaign Award|
|• 2012 Peak Load Management Alliance Outstanding Program Achievement Award|
|• 2011 E-Source Best Radio Ad Award|
|• 2010 Chartwell Utility Best Practices Award for Marketing Excellence|
|• 2010 E-Source Print Ad Award|
“PECO is helping transform the market for energy efficiency by leading in implementing ENERGY STAR programs,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Using ENERGY STAR resources, PECO is broadening access to energy-saving approaches that grow the economy and protect the climate.”
Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than two billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 506,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 89.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
About ENERGY STAR:
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency achievements. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.