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EPA Honors 2021 Energy Star Partners of the Year in Maryland
PHILADELPHIA (April 13, 2021) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic Region and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring eight 2021 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year in Maryland for their outstanding leadership in reducing American energy bills and tackling climate change.
“ENERGY STAR award-winning partners are showing the world that delivering real climate solutions makes good business sense and promotes job growth,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Many of them have been doing it for years, inspiring all of us who are committed to tackling the climate crisis and leading the way to a clean energy economy.”
This year, ENERGY STAR is giving special recognition to award-winning partners for their year-over-year commitment to energy efficiency through the program’s highest honor: the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. To qualify for Sustained Excellence recognition, winners must have already received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition.
For more than 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. In 2019 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses save nearly 500 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and avoid $39 billion in energy costs. These savings resulted in emission reductions of nearly 390 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, roughly equivalent to 5% of U.S. total greenhouse gas emissions.
The 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winners in Maryland are:
- Baltimore Gas and Electric, Baltimore, MD – This electric utility offered a wide range of ENERGY STAR products to its residential and commercial customers – reducing energy use.
- Bozzuto Management Company, Greenbelt, MD – This third-party manager of multifamily communities leveraged ENERGY STAR resources to reduce energy usage across its portfolio.
- Delmarva Power and Light, Salisbury, MD – This electric utility company exceeded energy savings of previous years while introducing ENERGY STAR certified lighting to its customers and offering incentives to improve performance with ENERGY STAR.
- Edge Energy, Beltsville, MD – This home performance company expanded its business operations and completed a record number of residential visits and improved home energy performance in its 50th year in business.
- Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, MD – This global security and aerospace company decreased energy intensity by 5% compared to 2019 while avoiding $34.6 million in energy costs.
- Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), Hughesville, MD -- This customer owned electricity cooperative promoted ENERGY STAR in the residential and consumer sectors, saving more than 35 million megawatt-hours electricity.
The 2021 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award winners in Maryland are:
- Columbia Association, Columbia, MD – This planned community management company won the Energy Star Award for Excellence for leveraging its network of marketing resources to generate millions of targeted impressions about energy star.
- Pando Alliance, Ellicott City, MD – This home energy rating company certified more than 850 units as ENERGY STAR in 2020 and provided preliminary design services to 40 low-income households.
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $450 billion in energy costs and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More background information about ENERGY STAR visit: https://www.energystar.gov/about and https://www.energystar.gov/about/origins_mission/energy_star_numbers.