APS (Arizona Public Service)
ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence
APS (Arizona Public Service), Arizona's largest and longest serving electric utility, serves more than 1.1 million customers in 11 of the state's 15 counties. APS kicked off its ENERGY STAR Homes program in 2006 and the program has quickly excelled. Additionally, APS augmented its ENERGY STAR activities with strong promotion of energy performance benchmarking for commercial buildings. APS is receiving Sustained Excellence recognition for the first time this year. Key accomplishments in 2009 include:
Overseeing the construction of over 1,300 ENERGY STAR qualified new homes in 2009, for a total of more than 6,200 since 2006, despite the downturn in the housing market.
Recruiting 15 new builders to participate in its ENERGY STAR homes program, including seven of the top 10 Arizona production homebuilders, for a total of 40 builders.
Introducing its ENERGY STAR + Solar Homes program, which requires builders to meet all ENERGY STAR specification requirements to be eligible for APS solar rebates.
Expanding its builder training efforts by making its "Success with ENERGY STAR" training mandatory for all new participating builders.
Promoting specific incentives for benchmarking; encouraging local governments and schools to benchmark as part of the energy efficiency community block grants; providing multiple, hands-on benchmarking training workshops for customers; and supporting Greater Phoenix BOMA's Kilowatt Krackdown competition.