The Inspiring Efficiency Awards competition recognizes Midwest energy efficiency leaders in five categories: Leadership, Education, Impact, Innovation and Marketing. The Inspiring Efficiency Chairman's Award is also bestowed each year to an individual or organization that has exhibited exemplary leadership for energy efficiency in the Midwest and support of MEEA.
Award recipients for 2013 included:
AEP Ohio, for its e3smart program, which has educated thousands of Ohio students about energy efficiency by helping them install and monitor energy-saving devices such as LED nightlights at home.
Xcel Energy and the Greater St. Paul and Greater Minneapolis Building Owners and Managers Associations(BOMA) for the Kilowatt Crackdown campaign, which took more than 13 million kWh off the grid by challenging Twin Cities business owners to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.
Impact Award: Xcel Energy, for its Computer Efficiency rebate program, which encourages computer companies to manufacture and sell more energy-efficient PCs to customers in Xcel's Minnesota service area. The program has achieved a total energy savings of nearly 33 million kWh to date and driven energy efficiency advancements to the overall PC market.
Innovation Award: TheOhio Development Services Agency's Office of Energy, for its program that helps Ohio manufacturers identify and implement energy-saving measures to cut electricity costs and be more competitive with manufacturers in other countries.
Marketing Award: Nicor Gas, for its successful "Summer Staycation" campaign that encouraged customers to purchase high-efficiency products for their homes by packaging rebates together in a fun and innovative way.
Leadership Award: Former Commissioner Cheryl Roberto of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, for her leadership to tackle complex regulatory issues and promote energy efficiency initiatives in her state and at the national level.
Chairman's Award: Sam Sirkin, program development manager at JACO Environmental, Inc., for his longstanding promotion of energy efficiency programs and his many years of service and dedication to MEEA.
More information about the Inspiring Efficiency Awards and this year's recipients can be found at www.meeaconference.org.
About Midwest Energy Solutions Conference The Midwest Energy Solutions Conference is the largest event of its kind in the region. Each year it brings together a broad range of private- and public-sector thought leaders from around the nation who share a vested interest in energy efficiency. Now in its 11th year, the conference continues to grow as energy efficiency investment across the Midwest increased to more than $1.2B in 2012.
The conference is presented by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), the region's source on energy efficiency. Formed in 2000, MEEA is committed to advancing sound energy efficiency programs, policies and priorities in the Midwest. MEEA's membership represents a broad consortium of energy stakeholders from across a 13-state area. www.mwalliance.org