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June 04, 2003

Efficiency Vermont Wins Award for Excellence in Government

Efficiency Vermont—the nation's first independent, ratepayer-funded "utility" dedicated to delivering energy efficiency rather than power—was awarded the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award in May. Efficiency Vermont was one of five awardees among nearly 1,000 applicants, and will receive a $100,000 grant.

In 1999, Vermont's Public Service Board contracted with the private, nonprofit Vermont Energy Investment Corporation to deliver energy efficiency services throughout the state. In its first three years, the program generated over 99,000 megawatt-hours of electricity savings and is also saving 109,000 gallons of propane, 29 million cubic feet of gas, 123,000 gallons of oil, and 50 million gallons of water annually. See the press release from the Council for Excellence in Government.

According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), energy efficiency is a resource that can help electric utilities maintain reliability, defer distribution system investments, and reduce peak demand. You can learn more by attending ACEEE's "National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource," to be held June 9th and 10th in Berkeley, California. See the ACEEE conference Web site.