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Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance

Orlando, Florida

ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence

The Central Florida Energy Efficiency Alliance (CFEEA) is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders, including professional and trade organizations, local governments, academia, and utilities, that are committed to conserving energy and natural resources through environmentally and socially responsible energy and building management practices. CFEEA is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its dedication to removing market barriers to efficiency by educating and engaging its community to manage energy use. Key accomplishments include:

 

         Motivating the commercial sector to improve energy efficiency by hosting the Kilowatt Crackdown Challenge annually since 2009, which requires participants to benchmark and track energy use in Portfolio Manager and commit to reducing energy use by 30 percent over 3 years. More than 2,000 buildings have signed up for the Challenge since its launch, with over 350 buildings participating in 2011 alone.

         Helping Kilowatt Crackdown Challenge participants prevent a cumulative total of more than 26,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to the emissions from the energy used by more than 2,200 homes for one year.

         Offering free workshops on energy management and performance improvement topics, such as benchmarking in Portfolio Manager, upgrading lighting, enhancing HVAC efficiency, and implementing building automation control strategies.

         Addressing market barriers to benchmarking through the Energy Specialist Training Program, a 12-week course that teaches students how to collect, enter, and report energy use data. An additional 11 students from the University of Central Florida were trained in 2011.

         Conducting extensive outreach to businesses in central Florida about the Challenge and ENERGY STAR through presentations to local business groups, the Crackdown website, e-mails to participants, and featured articles and paid advertisements in local media publications.