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Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU)

Gainsville, Florida

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), the fifth largest municipal electric utility in Florida, serves approximately 90,000 retail and wholesale customers. It is the first utility in Florida to develop a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program and is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its outstanding delivery of the program to homeowners throughout its service territory. Key accomplishments include:

 

         Maintaining relationships with partnering contractors under challenging economic conditions by offering free and/or reduced-cost technical training.

         Establishing a third-party verification program for ductleak repairs.

         Improving 730 homes in 2010--a 60 percent increase over 2009.

         Continuing its rebate program to offset initial homeowner investment and helping homeowners determine which improvement package best fits their needs.

         Leveraging the ENERGY STAR brand to form partnerships with retailers and financial institutions to offer rebates and special low-interest financing for the purchase of ENERGY STAR qualified products and equipment.

         Partnering with the University of Florida and the Florida Solar Energy Center to offer a variety of courses in energy efficiency and building science.