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April 03, 2002

36 Businesses and Organizations Win Energy Star Awards

DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored 36 businesses and organizations with Energy Star Partner Awards in a ceremony last week. Of the many awards for excellence, 12 went to manufacturers of energy efficient products, 9 were awarded for energy management, 7 were for energy efficient homes, and 4 were for consumer education. In addition, three companies were singled out for special recognition, and one company — Verizon Communications Inc. — earned the "Corporate Commitment Award." Verizon not only promoted energy efficiency within the company, but also spearheaded efforts to encourage energy efficiency within the entire telecommunications industry. See the Energy Star press release and awards brochure (PDF 674 KB) Download Acrobat Reader

One example of Verizon's corporate commitment to energy efficiency is the company's purchase of seven 200-kilowatt fuel cells for a critical call-routing center in Garden City on New York's Long Island. The 1.4-megawatt system will be the world's largest fuel cell installation and will also produce more than 6 million Btu of usable heat. Verizon will also install four generators powered by natural gas to form a hybrid power system capable of generating up to 4.4 megawatts of electrical power. UTC Fuel Cells will provide the fuel cells for the system. See the UTC Fuel Cells press release.