Helps clients save $11 million in energy
Spokane, WA – July 8, 2015 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Ecova, the energy and sustainability management company, and 12 other organizations, as ENERGY STAR Top Certifiers for exceeding 150 ENERGY STAR certifications in 2014. Last year alone, Ecova helped certify 175 buildings, representing $11 million in energy savings and 51,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions avoided by its clients1.
Collectively, ENERGY STAR Top Certifiers helped certify more than 2,600 buildings in 2014, saved $562 million, and prevented 2.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This number of certifications represents more than a third of the nearly 7,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that earned the ENERGY STAR last year.
“We are honored that Ecova’s efforts have earned us a spot among EPA’s ENERGY STAR Top Certifiers list this year,” said Jana Schmidt, Ecova president and CEO. “ENERGY STAR certification is an important piece of the service that Ecova provides our clients. To certify buildings for our clients means that the energy and sustainability management strategies that we help our clients develop and implement are truly working, and that they are saving energy, saving money, and helping the environment.”
Ecova has received ENERGY STAR awards for 11 consecutive years for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. The company benchmarks energy performance for more buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager than any other service provider – nearly 70,000 each month. It certified its first building in 2010. In addition to the work with ENERGY STAR, Ecova announced earlier this year that it had identified over $1.6 billion in resource savings for its commercial and industrial clients in just two years. Ecova also announced that, in partnership with its utility clients, it has delivered 108 terawatt hours (TWh) of energy savings over the last eleven years – the equivalent to production from 20,500 wind turbines for one year.
To earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR, a building or plant must be proven to perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide and also meet strict standards for indoor air quality and occupant comfort. ENERGY STAR certified buildings and plants use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings. Since 1999, more than 25,000 buildings across America have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification. These buildings have saved nearly $3.4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the emissions from the annual electricity use of nearly 2.4 million homes.
EPA determined the list of Top Certifiers by reviewing the organizations associated with all 2014 ENERGY STAR certifications listed in the ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings & Plants Registry.
1Savings as calculated by the EPA.
Ecova is the total energy and sustainability management company whose sole purpose is to see more, save more, and sustain more for its clients. Using insights based on consumption, cost and carbon footprint data spanning thousands of utilities, hundreds of thousands of business sites and millions of households, Ecova provides fully managed, technology-optimized solutions for saving resources, which in turn increase returns, lower risks, and enhance reputations. Ecova is a subsidiary of Cofely, ENGIE Group. For more information, visit the company’s website at ecova.com, on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ecova, or follow Ecova on Twitter at @ecovainc.
ABOUT ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a building, product, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at www.energystar.gov.
For more information and the full list of ENERGY STAR Top Certifiers: www.energystar.gov/TopCertifiers
Search for ENERGY STAR certified buildings: www.energystar.gov/buildinglist
More about earning the ENERGY STAR for buildings and plants: www.energystar.gov/buildingcertification