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EPA Honors Kentucky-based Companies with 2016 Energy Star Partners of the Year In 2014 alone, all Energy Star partners prevented 283 million metric tons of GHG emissions, providing $31.5 billion in economic benefits

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Jason McDonald (mcdonald.jason@epa.gov)

(03/29/2016 - ATLANTA) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is honoring Schneider Electric and Big Ass Solutions for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. The Kentucky-based companies are among 149 businesses and organizations in 35 states to receive the honor. Recipients of the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award include Beazer Homes, The Home Depot and Verizon.

"This year's Partner of the Year Award winners prove every day that saving money and protecting the environment go hand in hand," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "From major household brands to school districts, these leaders deserve to be congratulated for their commitment to reducing carbon pollution and protecting our climate."

"Energy Star Partner of the Year Award winners help families, individuals, and businesses become more energy efficient," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. "By offering energy-efficient products, services, and programs, this year's awardees continue to provide Americans with lower utility bills, new jobs, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions."

Since its inception in 1992, Energy Star and its partners, including the 149 Partners of the Year awardees, have helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014 alone, Energy Star and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change.

Schneider Electric assisted 238 properties in earning ENERGY STAR certification, including 22 properties that earned certification for the first time serves clients in more than 100 countries worldwide. For its efforts, Schneider Electric is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Service and Product Provider recognition for incorporating EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager as a key component of its service offering to clients. Schneider Electric leverages ENERGY STAR resources and guidance to offer tailored services and solutions to meet diverse client needs related to energy management and sustainability. .

Lexington-based Big Ass Solutions increased its ENERGY STAR certified models in 2015 by 38 percent. The company expanded its Haiku line of ceiling fans and holds the top 18 ceiling fans recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2015. Big Ass Solutions is receiving ENERGY STAR Excellence Award - ENERGY STAR Promotion recognition for its clear demonstration that energy efficiency and environmental considerations are paramount to producing quality products for the American consumer.

Read more about each award winner's achievements: www.energystar.gov/awardwinners

Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence: The 93 Sustained Excellence winners continue to demonstrate remarkable leadership each year in the Energy Star program while remaining committed to environmental protection through superior energy efficiency.

Partner of the Year: Forty-seven organizations have been awarded the Partner of the Year award for strategically and comprehensively managing their energy use. These organizations promote Energy Star products and practices in their own operations, while providing energy-efficient products and services to their customers.

Contractor of the Year: Six of the winners are winning at least in part for their superior efforts in promoting the Home Performance with Energy Star program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy with support from EPA.

Climate Communicator: The six Climate Communicator winners, all of whom are also Sustained Excellence awardees, have raised their customers' awareness of the impacts of climate change. Through their efforts, these partners illustrate how energy-efficient behaviors have a positive impact on the environment while encouraging customers to save energy and protect the climate.

Excellence: Three winners are receiving recognition for demonstrating outstanding promotion of energy-efficient products, homes, or buildings.

Energy Star has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies and home builders.

Energy Star is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA's Energy Star program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, Energy Star is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $362 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more 2.4 billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.