Outstanding Achievements in Energy Efficiency Awarded by the Association of Energy Services Professionals

Phoenix, Arizona, UNITED STATES

PHOENIX, Feb. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Association of Energy Services Professionals (www.aesp.org) recognized outstanding energy efficiency and demand-side management programs at its 22nd National Conference and Expo held February 6 – 9, 2012 in San Diego, California.

"Energy efficiency and demand-side management programs represent a growing, vital component of the energy industry," said Meg Matt, AESP president and CEO. "These award recipients have demonstrated that they are taking leadership roles in moving the industry forward and driving users of energy toward smarter methods of consumption. We were especially excited to recognize a young professional in the industry this year."

AESP presented awards in five categories:

Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Smart Industrial Program (ESI)

The Energy Smart Industrial program has delivered unprecedented energy savings in the industrial sector. In 2011 the ESI program acquired over 28 aMW of verified energy savings. This represents over triple the savings that BPA achieved on an annual basis in the industrial sector prior to the ESI program design and launch in October 2009.

NSTAR, Community-Based Outreach Initiatives

NSTAR's Community-based Outreach initiatives are a new approach to energy efficiency outreach. Through partnerships with community organizations, NSTAR mobilizes these groups with strong outreach capabilities to increase local participation levels in the Mass Save Home Energy Services (Mass Save) program. For more than a year, NSTAR has worked with 11 community outreach groups to increase the participation levels of the Mass Save program. To-date, their Community Based Outreach partners' referrals have led to: a) nearly 1,400 home energy assessments; b) installation of 17,900 CFLs; c) installation of 640 programmable thermostats; and d) completion of 340 weatherization jobs.

Duke Energy, Load Control Program

Duke Energy initiated a partnership with Cooper Power Systems to develop a new type of residential AC load control switch that includes a historical use algorithm that adjusts the load cycling time to assure that the contracted load from each unit is provided during a power control event. This new technical innovation represents a significant advancement for being able to control AC units to achieve a specific load reduction for each AC unit and for the program as a whole.

Columbia Gas of Virginia, WarmWise Program

Columbia Gas of Virginia launched its WarmWise program in April 2010 to provide its nearly 240,000 residential and business customers a resource to become more energy efficient, conserve natural resources and the opportunity to save on their energy bills. In the program's initial nine months of 2010, Columbia Gas of Virginia had nearly 1,400 customers complete the Home Savings Evaluation and provided customers with $367,000 in WarmWise rebates.

Audrea Deyesso, The Cadmus Group

This award is presented to a young professional (under the age of 30) who has demonstrated leadership and made measurable achievements at his/her company. Audrea Deyesso is widely recognized by her colleagues, peers and clients as an innovator and a leader, always bringing new strategies and approaches to the table to engage consumers in the fight for greater energy efficiency. Specifically, in her position as the deputy project manager supporting the Massachusetts and Rhode Island utilities to market their ENERGY STAR® Consumer Products programs, Audrea has distinguished herself already as a person of uncommon creativity and determination, compelled to succeed despite any barriers she may encounter.

For more information on BPA program contact:
Jennifer Kirby, Marketing Manager
Cascade Energy, Inc.
503‐928‐4811      jennifer.kirby@cascadeenergy.com

For more information on Duke Energy program contact:
Nick Hall
TecMarket Works
608-835-8855      NPHall@TecMarket.net

For more information on NSTAR contact:
Charles Olsson, Manager Residential Energy Efficiency
NSTAR Electric and Gas
781-441-3896        charles.olsson@nstar.com

For more information on Columbia Gas of Virginia program contact:
Christian Griffin, Manager Customer Efficiency Programs
Columbia Gas of Virginia
804-768-6412     cgriffin@nisource.com

For more information on Audrea Deyesso contact:
Jamie Lalos
The Cadmus Group
617-673-7141    jlalos@cadmusgroup.com

The Association of Energy Services Professionals (www.aesp.org) provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience. Our members work in the energy services industry and represent electric and natural gas utilities, public benefits associations, regulatory and non-profit entities, vendors, manufacturers and consulting firms. Founded in 1989, AESP is a member-based association dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, energy management and distributed renewable resources. AESP provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience.

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