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EPA Recognizes El Paso Electric As ENERGY STARĀ® Partner Of The Year

March 11, 2013

El Paso Electric earns award for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency 

2013 EPA Partner of the Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized El Paso Electric with a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by delivering energy efficiency information and services to its customers. This is the second year that El Paso Electric is a recipient of the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award.  El Paso Electric’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2013.

El Paso Electric, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2011 is being honored for its work to increase market share of energy-efficient ENERGY STAR qualified new homes through comprehensive outreach, education, and marketing programs. El Paso Electric’s Energy Star New Homes program qualified 147 new homes in New Mexico during 2012 by working through 23 home-builders. 

Over the last 20 years, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

“El Paso Electric sets the bar for promoting energy-efficient products and services that help Americans learn how to save money and energy while protecting the environment,” said Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “El Paso Electric’s program delivery methods demonstrate how communities across the nation can protect the climate through greater energy efficiency and provide a road map for future program implementers.”

“El Paso Electric is committed to working in partnership with ENERGY STAR to help our home-builders and customers learn more about energy efficiency;” said Paul Royalty, Energy Efficiency Manager, El Paso Electric. “By building energy-efficient ENERGY STAR new homes, our home-builders helped customers save energy and money while addressing climate change.”

The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards for Energy Efficiency Program Delivery are given to a variety of organizations in recognition of their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

About El Paso Electric
El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission and distribution service to approximately 384,000 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico.  El Paso Electric has a net dependable generating capability of 1,785 MW.  El Paso Electric’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EE.

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).