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August 29, 2013 (615) 438-5060
Sierra Club Honors Nashville Electric Service
NES Named “Energy Efficiency Star”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club has presented Nashville Electric Service (NES) with the Energy Efficiency Star Award for its leadership and work to help households take advantage of cost-effective opportunities to improve the efficiency of their electricity usage. The award was presented to Decosta Jenkins, President & CEO of NES, at the August NES Power Board meeting on Wednesday August 28.
“The Sierra Club thanks NES for its dedication to the fastest, cleanest and most affordable energy solutions available,” said Jeffrey Barrie, an organizer with the Sierra Club’s Tennessee Healthy Energy Campaign. “NES has been a state leader in the In-Home Energy Evaluation Program, which is benefitting consumers and the environment every day. The opportunities for energy efficiency technologies and programs are enormous. The Sierra Club looks forward to working with NES and other local power companies to achieve even higher energy savings.”
In 2012, NES was ranked first among the Tennessee Valley Authority’s 155 local power distributors for homeowners following through with energy audit recommendations and installing measures to save electricity. NES also completed the second most number of energy audits through the In-Home Evaluation program.
“We’re constantly striving to help our customers save energy and reduce their utility expenses,” said NES President and CEO Decosta Jenkins. “The Sierra Club shares our commitment to energy efficiency, and we’re honored to be recognized as a leader.”
The successful In-Home Energy Evaluation program – offered by NES in partnership with TVA – reduces power usage and provides cash incentives and financing assistance to homeowners who install energy-efficiency upgrades.
Recent survey results show that 78-percent of participants across the Valley were highly satisfied with the program. Additionally, 57-percent noted they would not have implement energy-efficiency measures at home without the In-Home Evaluation program in place.
According to TVA, participants have been able see a reduction in their energy usage by about nine-percent, which amounts to over 1,300 kilowatts in savings per year.
The Sierra Club appreciates NES’ commitment to reducing customers’ bills, avoiding the need for additional power plants and creating real environmental benefits through energy efficiency,” said Jonathan Levenshus, Senior Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.
The Sierra Club’s Tennessee Healthy Energy campaign seeks to expand the energy-efficiency opportunities available to Tennessee households, businesses and industry. The campaign works with power distributors, TVA and the public to improve the quality of life in our region through wider adoption of energy efficiency.