For Immediate Release
PHILADELPHIA (April 23, 2018) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has presented PECO with its famed ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. The award recognizes the success of PECO Smart Ideas, the company's highly successful suite of energy efficiency programs to help customers save energy and money. PECO, along with sister Exelon utilities BGE in Baltimore, ComEd in Chicago, Delmarva Power in Wilmington, Del. and Pepco in Washington D.C., were honored for their long-term commitment to energy efficiency at the EPA awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C.
"It's an honor to be recognized again by the EPA for our innovative energy efficiency solutions that are helping our customers save energy and money every day," said Mike Innocenzo, PECO president and CEO. "Receiving the Sustained Excellence Award designation is a true testament to the ongoing success of PECO Smart Ideas and the commitment our customers have to improving energy efficiency in their homes and businesses."
This is the second year PECO has received the Sustained Excellence designation. This award is reserved for those who have received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award more than three times and exhibit exceptional leadership year after year in the ENERGY STAR program while remaining dedicated to environmental protection through superior energy efficiency.
Since the inception of PECO Smart Ideas in 2009, PECO has received nine awards in total and now receives its fifth Partner of the Year Award in Energy Efficiency Program Delivery for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency efforts.
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 $650 million through energy efficiency and PECO Smart Ideas rebates, and reduced their electricity use by more than 2.7 million megawatt hours.
In addition to the EPA awards, PECO Smart Ideas has been honored by energy industry leaders and other organizations, including:
"The 2018 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year have demonstrated real leadership, showing how American families and businesses can save energy, save money, and reduce air emissions," said Bill Wehrum, EPA assistant administrator for Air and Radiation.
Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
About ENERGY STAR:
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For over 25 years, EPA's ENERGY STAR program has been America's resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions already making a difference at energystar.gov. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers.
Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Together, since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped save American families and businesses over $450 billion and over 3.5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity while also achieving broad emissions reductions—all through voluntary action.
PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania's largest electric and natural gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 516,000 natural gas customers in southeastern, Pennsylvania. The company's 2,500 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy management conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. PECO was named 2017 Best Mid-size Employer in Philadelphia by Forbes Magazine. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.3 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 8,700 local jobs and producing $732 million in labor income. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's only Fortune 100 utility and leading competitive energy provider. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
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