The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized PG&E with a 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award for the utility’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
The utility was chosen for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency. Through its partnership with Energy Star in 2012, PG&E helped customers save more than $2 billion in average lifecycle energy bills and avoid the emission of nearly 840,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
“PG&E leads the field with its commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money and create a healthier environment,” said Bob Perciasepe, acting administrator for the EPA.
Helen Burt, senior vice president and chief customer officer at PG&E, said the utility last year worked with more than 750 retailers and food service equipment dealers to bring customers the most energy-efficient products on the market.
“And that’s just one example of what we achieved through our partnership with Energy Star,” Burt said. “Through the Energy Star partnership, PG&E helped our customers save energy and protect the environment on a larger scale than ever before, and we look forward to continuing that work this year.”
The award presented to PG&E is given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.
Throughout the United States, top companies and organizations are leading the way toward a more energy-efficient future by participating with Energy Star. Over the past 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.