AEP Ohio

Gahanna, Ohio

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

AEP Ohio, a subsidiary of American Electric Power, is an electric utility that services nearly 1.5 million customers in Ohio and the northern panhandle of West Virginia. In 2010, AEP Ohio began jointly administering an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes program with Columbia Gas of Ohio in the City of Columbus and in the Central Ohio region. AEP Ohio expanded its portfolio of ENERGY STAR program offerings the following year to promote a growing suite of ENERGY STAR certified products with the goal of achieving permanent, measurable increases in demand for energy-efficient lighting and appliances. AEP Ohio is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for its commitment to sponsoring ENERGY STAR certified homes and ENERGY STAR certified products. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

         Enrolling 77 builders and 21 raters and providing incentives for more than 900 ENERGY STAR certified homes, a 67-percent increase from 2011.

         Generating 2,600 MWh of annual savings from ENERGY STAR certified homes in its market.

         Providing regular training opportunities to approximately 300 program participants, trade allies, and stakeholders, including the innovative Selling High Performance Homes training.

         Encouraging the sale of more than 3.5 million ENERGY STAR certified products, while also distributing ENERGY STAR certified lighting to lower income customers in partnership with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

         Influencing the sale of more than 24,000 ENERGY STAR certified appliances while permanently removing from the grid and responsibly recycling 15,000 old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers.

         Conducting more than 50 in-store education events and 32 community outreach events, including seven ENERGY STAR Day events to support Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR.