Uniondale, NY—The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has received the 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in recognition of its continued leadership and achievements in energy efficiency.

The 2013 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award is given to select 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. 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. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

“We take pride in our work with ENERGY STAR to make energy efficiency an everyday practice and are honored to accept the 2013 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award,” said LIPA Chief Operating Officer Michael J. Taunton. “LIPA is committed to educating customers through the Efficiency Long Island Program on how the use of ENERGY STAR products can provide a lifetime of savings. Efficiency Long Island provides rebates and incentives to help reduce energy usage, save customers money and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

"The EPA is recognizing LIPA for earning the 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. LIPA leads the field with their commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money, and create a healthier environment.”

LIPA has been recognized for its leadership and best practices in implementing energy efficiency and for Home Performance Direct; an innovative program that targets customers who have either electric heat and/or have high electrical energy use due to central air conditioning systems. These customers quickly and substantially benefit from the services delivered under LIPA’s Home Performance Direct program, leading many of them to participate in LIPA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program which provides substantial rebates for recommended follow up work including insulation and air sealing.

As a long standing Energy Star partner, LIPA will be presented this award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2013 for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.

In addition to the 2013 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award it is the fourth year in a row that LIPA has been recognized by ENERGY STAR for its achievements in helping residential customers reduce their energy use and lowering bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

“LIPA has been a valuable partner in the U.S. Green Building Council – Long Island Chapter’s ongoing effort to educate the consumer regarding energy efficient, environmentally responsible building operation, resulting in significant reductions in usage and a cleaner, healthier built environment. No single organization on Long Island has done as much to help achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. The combination of LIPA’s vast technical knowledge, engineering assistance and incentive programs are unparalleled and worthy of recognition not only for such a unique collaborative effort, but for the measure of the results they have shown to date,” said Vince Capogna, Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council – Long Island Chapter.

“LIPA’s Home Performance Direct and Home Performance with ENERGYSTAR programs have had a profound impact on Murtha Construction and our clients,” said Michael Murtha, president of Murtha Construction. “Over 2,000 Long Island residents have had Murtha perform a comprehensive home energy audit and direct install services on their homes. An additional 900 Long Islanders have had energy improvements performed as a follow up service to the audit. Combined, this has resulted in almost two million dollars of saved energy costs. Between the jobs created and the increased spending power of our many clients, the economic impact of these programs has and continues to be profound.”

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.

LIPA’s Home Performance Direct is a part of Efficiency Long Island, a customer–funded, 10-year, $924 million energy efficiency program which offers a wide array of incentives, rebates and initiatives to LIPA’s residential and commercial customers to assist them in reducing their energy usage and thereby lowering their bills. To learn more about Efficiency Long Island visit LIPA’s website at http://www.lipower.org.

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