Philadelphia, Pa. (PRWEB) November 12, 2014
The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) is pleased to announce the Duquesne Light, FirstEnergy, PECO and PPL Electric Utilities as winners of its annual Energy Champion Award for distinguished achievement of Act 129 implementation and energy conservation. FirstEnergy will be honored with the award on behalf of the performance of its four Pennsylvania electric distribution companies, Metropolitan Edison (Met-Ed), Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), Penn Power and West Penn Power. The awards will be presented to the electric utilities on November 13th at the KEEA Conference 2014: The Utility of the Future in Harrisburg.
As part of Act 129’s energy efficiency and conservation program, Pennsylvania’s electric distribution companies with at least 100,000 customers were charged with reducing energy consumption by three percent between June 1, 2009 and May 31, 2013 and developing energy efficiency programs for all their customers. Each utility honored more than met the target, leveraging a variety of industrial, commercial and residential efficiency measures and incentive programs to collectively surpass the original goal by 23% and conserve 5,403,370 megawatt hours each year.
“Electric utilities play an absolutely critical role in meeting Pennsylvania’s energy goals, and we are thrilled to recognize these companies for their efforts above and beyond the requirements,” said Brian Kauffman, Executive Director of KEEA. “As their Act 129 Phase I results demonstrate, each utility has truly invested in energy efficiency as a key energy resource, leading to significant energy and economic benefits to our state and individual ratepayers. As Pennsylvania embarks on the next phase of program planning, KEEA is proud to continue working with Pennsylvania’s electric utilities toward the goal of becoming national leaders in energy efficiency.”
Act 129 was a major policy initiative for KEEA, and the work of its stakeholders in conducting a statewide public education and advocacy effort led to the bill’s passage in October of 2008. The Act 129 program is now in the midst of Phase II, which focuses on additional energy efficiency, conservation and education programs through May 31, 2016.
The Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(6) corporation dedicated to promoting the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries in Pennsylvania. KEEA advocates on behalf of energy efficiency and renewable energy professionals on the local, state, and federal levels. By representing the interests of the clean energy industry in Pennsylvania, KEEA is growing the market for energy efficiency and helping the Keystone State secure a prosperous, sustainable tomorrow.
ABOUT DUQUESNE LIGHT COMPANY
Duquesne Light Company is a leader in the transmission and distribution of electric energy, offering superior customer service and reliability to more than half a million customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 500,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 85.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2013. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), with 2013 revenues of $12 billion, is one of the largest companies in the U.S. utility sector. The PPL family of companies delivers electricity and natural gas to about 10 million customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. PPL has announced an agreement to combine its competitive generation business with the competitive generation business of Riverstone Holdings LLC to form Talen Energy Corporation, a highly competitive independent power producer. More information is available at http://www.pplweb.com.