Entergy earns award for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency initiatives
NEW ORLEANS, LA. – The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) named Entergy New Orleans a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
Award recipient for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas
emissions by providing energy efficiency education and programs to its
customers. Entergy’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on
April 29, 2014.
Entergy New Orleans and the New Orleans City Council,
ENERGY STAR partners since 2011 through the Energy Smart Program, are being
honored for their work to increase market share of ENERGY STAR qualified
products and services through comprehensive outreach, education and marketing
programs. The Energy Smart program was developed by the New Orleans City
Council, is administered by Entergy New Orleans and is implemented by
The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) Program is
a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency that can
provide a homeowner up to $5,000 in incentives for home energy improvements.
Participating contractors, an integral part of this program, conduct on-site
Home Performance Assessments that evaluate air and duct leakage, insulation
levels, potential moisture problems, and age and condition of a home’s water
heater, doors and windows and appliances. After each assessment, the contractor
provides a set of recommended improvement projects that will maximize home
Thanks to local partnerships and the support of the City
Council, Entergy New Orleans and CLEAResult, the successful integration of the
HPwES program into the existing Energy Smart program positively impacted the
adoption of energy efficiency in this emerging market. Program participants have
earned over $900k in incentive dollars and reduced energy consumption by
3,600,000 kWh – equivalent to keeping 2,500 metric tons of greenhouse gas
emissions out of the atmosphere.
“Entergy is dedicated to our partnership with ENERGY
STAR,” said Charles L. Rice, Jr., president and chief executive officer of
Entergy New Orleans. “Through Energy Smart’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
program, we are helping our customers learn more about energy efficiency, saving
energy and money.”
Through 2013, with help from ENERGY STAR, American
families and businesses have saved $297 billion on utility bills and prevented
more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Entergy New Orleans sets a high standard for
organizations across the country that deliver energy efficiency and
environmental programs,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Through
HPwES, they are demonstrating how Americans can save money and energy while
protecting the environment and fighting climate change.”
The 2014 Partner of the Year Awards are given to a
variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing greenhouse
gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. Award winners are selected
from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
Energy Smart is a comprehensive program that seeks to
grow the energy efficiency market in New Orleans. Since its establishment in
2011, the program – which is the first of its kind in Louisiana – has exceeded
its energy savings goals by launching a number of initiatives that help New
Orleans residents make energy efficient upgrades to their homes and businesses.
The Energy Smart program was developed by the New Orleans City Council and
administered by Entergy New Orleans.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR
offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy,
money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000
organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy
efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY
www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
To learn details about the Energy Smart programs, call
toll-free (866) 721-0249 or visit the website at EnergySmartNOLA.com.