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The 2018 AESP Energy Award Winners

Join us in congratulating the AESP Energy Awards winners of 2018. AESP’s award recognizes creative thinking, new approaches and problem-solving in the energy efficiency industry. Entries for 2019’s awards will open in September and will be announced in What's New. Be sure to subscribe to receive What's New to receive the call for entries. 


Outstanding Achievement in Residential Program Design & Implementation

Energize Connecticut, in partnership with Eversource, UI, SCG and CNG - for Home Energy Solutions

In April 2015, Eversource Energy and AVANGRID. Inc. subsidiaries United Illuminating. Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas (collectively referred to as the "Connecticut utilities") became the first statewide implementer of the DOE Home Energy Score and have since generated the highest number of scores of any partner. The Connecticut utilities are leading the way in building market recognition of the Home Energy Score as a valuable home energy labeling tool. These Connecticut utilities developed an innovative approach to delivering the Home Energy Score to customers. which resulted in the significant number of scores generated. With more than 25,000 Home Energy Scores generated to date. the Connecticut utilities made significant strides in a national effort to build recognition of the importance of home energy labels. They have shared best practices with other DOE Home Energy Score Partners and are often looked to as a model for successful implementation.


Outstanding Achievement in Non-residential Program Design & Implementation

IESO, for the Energy Performance Program

Through this program design and implementation. the Energy Performance Program has offered customers an innovative. holistic approach to energy management. The Energy Performance Program is a large-scale program that rewards business customers for whole-building energy performance improvements using smart/interval meter data. By offering an incentive-based mechanism. the program not only promotes a holistic conservation culture. it also shifts risk away from ratepayers and onto program participants while ensuring participants have access to the best savings choices for their organization. Overall. this customer-centric approach has increased the rate of executing energy efficient projects and is a North American first comprehensive commercial pay-for-performance program.


Outstanding Achievement in Emerging Tools & Technologies

AEP Ohio and DNV GL, for Ultra-Low Temperature Freezers

Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) freezers are used by hospitals. universities and laboratories to store sensitive biological samples. This Stirling Ultracold freezer was determined to use 70%-75% less electricity than standard technology (cascaded compressors) to achieve temperatures from -70 to -80 degrees. After AEP Ohio/DNV GL compared Stirling Ultracold technology to old technology and Stirling became Energy Star® certified, DNV GL created a new incentive structure which provided a prescriptive incentive of $20 per cubic foot which was incorporated into AEP Ohio's Efficient Products for Business Energy Efficiency application.


Outstanding Achievement in Market Research & Evaluation

IESO for the report on Culture of Conservation

In 2009 the head of the Conservation division at the IESO read part of its mission statement " foster a culture of conservation ... " and asked how will we know when we’ve succeeded? That prompted extensive market research which has turned into an eight-year (and counting) longitudinal survey to track changes in the level of energy conservation in Ontario. The results have been referenced in revenue requirements submissions, in filings related to an Integrated Power System Plan, in I ESQ-produced public documents and publications and by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. The results are also being shared with electric utilities around the province so that they can understand the culture in their own service territories and implement strategies to influence it in their communities.


Outstanding Achievement in Customer Engagement

DTE Energy for Deaf Community Outreach

DTE Energy is the first utility in the nation to drive outreach and marketing to engage deaf customers. Through the use of Video Remote Interpretation technology, they are able to have energy experts in the field directly communicate with their deaf customers. Through the pilot and commercialization of the program, DTE has seen a great deal of success from engagement servicing over 375 exclusively deaf households to date and expanding the initiative to three other energy efficiency programs. The commercialized model is now viewed as an industry best practice and is being adopted by other utilities.


Outstanding Achievement in Residential Marketing

Puget Sound Energy for Energy Upgrades Thermostat Campaign

In the first half of 2017, PSE built a new type of validated instant rebate tool for smart thermostats that allows customers to receive their rebate instantly, increase customer satisfaction and lower their up-front cost. It also layered on a highly effective marketing campaign by partnering with Nest to promote Nest Learning Thermostat sales, quadrupling smart thermostat adoption across a period of eight weeks in April and May 2017.


Laura Orfanedes, ICF



Dan Violette, Navigant


Marta Schantz, Waypoint Building Group


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