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P.O. BOX 6015
COLUMBIA, MO 65205
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2020
CONTACT: Brandon Renaud
Utility Services Manager
Water and Light
City of Columbia
City of Columbia Water and Light Earns 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award
(COLUMBIA, MO) - Columbia Water and Light is proud to announce that it has received the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. This prestigious accomplishment recognizes Water and Light's innovative and inclusive approach to energy efficiency and its efforts to iterate and expand offerings to reach new clients and improve more homes.
"This award validates our staff's efforts to improve energy efficiency in the City of Columbia," Director of Utilities Dave Sorrell said. "We know we can do more and continue to seek ways to improve our services, increase awareness and encourage participation in our programs."
The highest honor among ENERGY STAR awards is the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents the Sustained Excellence Award to partners that have already received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition. Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations-representing energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors.
"We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to support our community's efficient use of energy," Utility Services Manager Brandon Renaud said. "We continually strive to tailor our programs to meet the needs of a growing and changing community."
Columbia's Home Performance with the ENERGY STAR program uses a whole-house approach to energy efficiency and offers rebates and low-interest loans to help residents achieve their energy efficiency goals. This program was initiated in 2008 and the Utility has since introduced additional programs such as the Enhanced Home Performance, Enhance Your Attic and Attic Plus. Water and Light staff members also provide a Building Performance Institute certified contractor training program and partners with local co-op Boone Electric to create consistency to ensure that all Columbia's residents have the opportunity to benefit from energy efficiency improvements.
"I salute the 2020 ENERGY STAR award winners," EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Anne Idsal said. "These leaders demonstrate how energy efficiency drives economic competitiveness in tandem with environmental protection."
For more information about the City's programs, visit ColumbiaPowerPartners.com or CoMo.gov.