EPA Names PSO Energy Star Partner of Year

ENERGY EFFICIENT: PSO’s Spin-to-Win energy efficiency game was a popular attraction at the Tulsa Home and Garden Show. Energy efficiency experts, from left, Yen Yoon, Nora Bramlett and Nonette Surbaugh, representing PSO’s Consumer Programs group, were among those on hand to help raise awareness about PSO’s portfolio of energy and money-saving programs.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency () has recognized Public Service Company of Oklahoma () with a 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. PSO’s accomplishments were recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26.

, an Energy Star partner since 2008, was honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency. has been a leader in the promotion of Energy Star New Homes, with more than 1,500 Energy Star qualified homes built through the program over the past four years. also has offered Home Performance with Energy Star since 2010 and has improved more than 700 homes through the program.

Across the U.S., top companies and organizations are leading the way toward a more energy-efficient future through participation in Energy Star.

Over the past 20 years, with help from Energy Star, American families and businesses have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

“PSO is committed to increasing energy efficiency through the home and business programs we offer,” says Eric Raines, Consumer Programs manager for . “Our partnership with Energy Star enables customers to learn more about energy conservation and to make wise purchasing decisions, and we continue to receive positive customer comments regarding increased home comfort, improved business efficiency and lower utility costs due to participation in these programs.”

“EPA is recognizing Public Service Company of Oklahoma for earning EPA’s highest Energy Star award – the 2013 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award,” says Bob Perciasepe, acting administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “PSO leads the field with their commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money, and create a healthier environment.”

The 2013 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the Energy Star program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.

, a unit of American Electric Power (: ), is an electric utility company serving 535,000 customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma. With headquarters in Tulsa, has 4,269 megawatts of generating capacity and provides electricity to 230 cities and towns across a service area encompassing 30,000 square miles. News releases and other information about can be found online at www.PSOklahoma.com.

About Energy Star
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 and money and to help protect the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are Energy Star partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and buildings. For more information about Energy Star, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888– (1-888-782- 7937).

Updated 03-30-2013

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