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March 5, 2012: Avista has earned Energy Star Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Spokane Valley service center building by reducing energy usage through heating, venting and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements. Avista's service center currently ranks in the top quarter of energy efficient buildings in the nation when compared with similar buildings.
“When we increase our energy savings, we’re not just ‘walking the talk’ of energy efficiency,” said Dennis Vermillion, president of Avista Utilities. “We’re serving our customers better by reducing our costs and becoming more efficient with the energy we use and depend on. We’re also protecting the environment and reducing our already-low levels of greenhouse gas emissions by holding our facilities to a higher standard through Energy Star certification and other nationally recognized programs.”
The EPA Energy Star national energy performance rating system provides applicants a score
on a 1-to-100 scale relative to similar buildings nationwide, with 50 as the national average score. Buildings with a score of 75 or higher are eligible to receive EPA’s Energy Star certification. With a current score of 77, Avista’s building operates well above the national industry standard.
Avista has been tracking energy usage of the 14,024 square-foot service center since 2009. Since that time, the various improvements of the building have saved 48,000 kilowatt hours, reducing electric use by about nine percent.
By optimizing programmable thermostats in the building, improving the air distribution system and installing stand-alone heat pumps in unoccupied spaces, Avista has balanced the need to reduce energy while providing the right level of comfort and convenience for its employees.
Avista’s commitment to energy efficiency extends throughout its other facilities including the HVAC renovation of its five-story headquarters building in Spokane, Wash. Avista has received two Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certifications for its fifth and fourth floor HVAC renovations, and is in the process of certifying the remaining levels of the building.
About Avista Utilities
Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 360,000 customers and natural gas to 321,000 customers in a service territory that covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million. Avista Utilities is an operating division of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA). For more information, please visit http://www.avistautilities.com.
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