SWEPCO Earns 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for Arkansas Energy Efficiency Program

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (April 9, 2019) – Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has been named a 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award winner for the company’s energy efficiency program in Arkansas.

This is the fifth consecutive year SWEPCO has received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition.

The 2019 award is for Energy Efficiency Program Delivery, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR. SWEPCO’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program promotes the use of ENERGY STAR-certified products and technologies that help improve a home’s energy efficiency and comfort.

ENERGY STAR awards are presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

“I applaud the 2019 ENERGY STAR Award winners,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Bill Wehrum. “Their innovation and leadership enhance America’s economic competitiveness. Reducing costly energy waste improves air quality and public health while protecting the environment.”

The Sustained Excellence Award is the highest honor among ENERGY STAR Awards. It is presented to partners that have already received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition.

The award recognizes accomplishments in 2018, when SWEPCO completed 1,776 single-family and 1,994 multifamily projects in the Home Performance with ENERY STAR program, saving approximately 10.6 gigawatt-hours in energy. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this savings is equivalent to removing 1,591 vehicles from the road for a full year. Savings per single-family home increased 14 percent compared to the previous program year. SWEPCO also implemented a joint Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program with Black Hills Energy Arkansas (BHEA), resulting in the completion of 375 joint projects.

“The ENERGY STAR award highlights a program that offers SWEPCO’s eligible Arkansas residential customers no-cost comprehensive home energy assessments and energy efficiency measures such as ceiling insulation, duct sealing, LED bulbs, and advanced power strips,” said Sherry McCormack, Energy Efficiency and Consumer Programs Manager for SWEPCO in Arkansas. “We appreciate this recognition for SWEPCO’s staff, the implementation team from CLEAResult, and the network of contractors who work every day to help customers improve the comfort and energy efficiency of their homes,” McCormack said.

SWEPCO has been a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR partner since 2012.

For information on SWEPCO’s Arkansas energy efficiency programs, visit SWEPCO.com/ARsaves.

For a complete list of 2019 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.

SWEPCO’s accomplishments will be recognized by the EPA and DOE in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2019.

About SWEPCO: SWEPCO serves 535,000 customers in western Arkansas, northwest and central Louisiana, northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle. SWEPCO’s headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at SWEPCO.com. SWEPCO is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.

About ENERGY STAR: 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 save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid $30 billion in energy costs. More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at: energystar.gov/about and energystar.gov/numbers.



Peter Main
SWEPCO Corporate Communications