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May 19, 2010

EPA Helps Partners Find Commercial Energy Efficiency Savings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with several states and utilities, announced on May 5 a new Energy Star pilot program designed to further improve commercial building energy efficiency. The Building Performance with Energy Star program will link eight Energy Star partner utilities and state energy efficiency programs throughout the country in a pilot designed to strategically pursue whole-building energy improvements with commercial customers.

The new effort includes a number of Energy Star elements to improve energy efficiency, including: measuring energy use with EPA's online energy measurement and tracking tool on building performance, finding energy efficiency opportunities based on whole building assessments, and creating a delivery network for whole-building efficiency services. One benefit of this pilot program will be to help business customers identify buildings that could most use an efficiency tune-up and then to give technical assistance and incentives for the projects that will yield the largest energy savings. Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, at an energy cost of more than $100 billion per year. See the EPA press release and a fact sheet on the program (PDF 36 KB). Download Adobe Reader.