June 14, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Efficiency NB is the first Canadian organization chosen to receive the International Star (I-Star) Award for Energy Efficiency by the Alliance to Save Energy.
The award recognizes Efficiency NB's program for large industry for pioneering creative energy efficiency programs and innovative solutions.
Energy Minister Jack Keir congratulated Efficiency NB on winning the award.
"It is terrific to see Efficiency NB recognized for its work in support of large industry in the province," he said. "The agency has a unique, customized approach to helping New Brunswick companies reduce energy use and lower costs while increasing productivity and competitiveness."
The Large Industrial Program involves the province's 30 main industrial facilities in an energy management partnership. It is based on three objectives: identifying and encouraging the adoption of energy-efficiency projects; implementing energy management information systems; and educating participants about the importance of accurate and sustained energy savings.
"It is an honour for Efficiency NB to be the first Canadian organization recognized with this prestigious international award," said Elizabeth Weir, president and chief executive officer, Efficiency NB. "We are extremely proud of the impact we have achieved in energy efficiency in all sectors in the province. Our Large Industrial Program is an excellent example of the far-reaching benefits of energy efficiency, demonstrating the power of providing the tools and informed advice to assist in achieving significant reductions in energy use and in greenhouse gas emissions."
The Alliance to Save Energy is a United States-based coalition of prominent business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, economy and national security.
"The Alliance to Save Energy is proud to honour energy efficiency leaders such as Efficiency NB," said Kateri Callahan, alliance president. "Through its distinct approach to energy efficiency in industrial facilities, Efficiency NB is helping companies save money while significantly reducing their energy use and emissions."
The award will be presented at the alliance's 18th annual Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency awards dinner. About 500 members of the United States congress, industry leaders, senior government officials and federal agency staff are expected to attend the dinner, to be held at the historic Donald W. Reynolds Center in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Somers, communications, Efficiency NB, 506-643-2860.