Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) has been named a 2018 Energy Star Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence award winner for the utility company’s energy efficiency program in Arkansas.
SWEPCO, a company of Columbus, Ohio-based American Electric Power (AEP), has received the honor for four consecutive years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy present the Energy Star awards.
“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, assistant administrator for air and radiation for the EPA.
SWEPCO promotes the use of Energy Star-certified products and technologies through its Home Performance with Energy Star program. These products and technologies help to improve a home’s energy efficiency and comfort, according to a news release.
In 2017, SWEPCO completed 1,827 single-family and 1,318 multifamily projects in the program and saved about 9.59 gigawatt-hours of energy as a result. The amount of energy single-family home projects saved rose 15% in 2017, from 2016. Also, SWEPCO worked with Black Hills Energy Arkansas on a joint Home Performance with Energy Star program in which 504 joint projects were completed.
“The Home Performance with Energy Star program has brought increased comfort, efficiency and savings to more and more customers, and we’re pleased to be recognized again as a Partner of the Year,” said Sherry McCormack, energy efficiency and consumer programs manager for SWEPCO in Arkansas. “The program offers SWEPCO’s eligible Arkansas residential customers no-cost comprehensive home energy assessments and energy efficiency measures such as ceiling insulation, duct sealing, LED bulbs and advanced power strips.”
“The award recognizes the work of the SWEPCO staff, the implementation team from Clearesult and the network of contractors who work every day to help customers improve the comfort and energy efficiency of their homes.”