ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence
With more than 330,000 residential customers, Austin Energy is the city of Austin’s municipal electric utility, delivering power to a service territory of more than 420 square miles. In 2013, Austin Energy used U.S. DOE Better Building Neighborhood Program grant dollars and funds from its successful loan program to create a revolving loan fund of $3.5 million to support future program operations. Austin Energy is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for continuing to enhance and expand its HPwES program. Key 2013 accomplishments include:
- Completing more than 2,450 projects; 34 percent of HPwES participants completed three or more energy-saving measures.
- Realizing more than $10 million in energy efficiency upgrade investments and savings of 3.96 MW.
- Using Better Building Neighborhood Program grant funds to buy down the interest on market rate loans from 3.99 percent to 1.99 percent, allowing qualified participants to choose rebates and loan options to significantly lower out-of-pocket costs for energy efficiency improvements and lower interest rates on qualifying loans.
- Lowering the barrier for whole-house improvements for more than 1,000 low-income homeowners by offering $29 air conditioning unit checkups on all HVAC service calls.
- Offering more than 70 contractor training sessions, including two instances of specialized training for more than 100 contractors and building professionals.