From: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Published August 25, 2004 12:00 AM

ACEEE Names Five Champions of Energy Efficiency

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented five Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards at its biennial conference, the Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. These awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in program implementation, research and development, energy policy, private sector initiatives, or international initiatives. The winners for 2004 are:


— Susan P. Kennedy, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission, for her energy policy leadership in building a strong future for energy efficiency programs in California. Commissioner Kennedy has helped not only to increase energy efficiency funding substantially, but has worked to streamline the administrative structure of California's utility efficiency programs.


— The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for its long and consistent record of success in meeting customer needs and serving the public good through energy efficiency. SMUD has sustained one of the nation's strongest commitments to energy efficiency program support and stands out as one of the nation's best publicly owned utilities in its efficiency achievements.


— Tom Eckman, Senior Planner, Northwest Power and Conservation Council, for his leadership in making energy efficiency a cornerstone of energy policy in the Pacific Northwest. Tom has directed the development of several regional energy efficiency planning efforts, which are examples for the nation in their ambitiousness, solid analysis, and compelling vision.


— Steve Cowell, CEO, Conservation Services Group, for his private entrepreneurship and public citizenship in building one of the nation's most effective energy efficiency organizations. Steve has created a thriving business in delivering innovative energy programs and services, while still finding time to work in the public interest in support of regional and national energy efficiency policies.


— The Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) for more than two decades of program innovation and public leadership for energy efficiency in the Midwest. WECC's work over the years has made energy efficiency a part of the Wisconsin landscape, helping make the state an efficiency beacon for the Midwest and beyond.


These winners were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of ACEEE's Board of Directors. Selection criteria were based on the nominee's impact, innovation, and leadership in the energy efficiency field.


Learn more about the 2004 Champion of Energy Efficiency winners and keep current with what's happening at Summer Study by reading the onsite newsletter, "The Grapevine." See http://aceee.org/conf/04ss/grapevine.htm. New editions are posted daily from August 22 to 27, 2004.


For more information, contact:


Bill Prindle
Policy Director
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20036
BPrindle@aceee.org


Web site: http://www.aceee.org


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