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EPA recognizes Ecova with 2012 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award
Ecova has earned ENERGY STAR awards for eight consecutive years for protecting the environment through energy efficiency


March 7, 2012 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Ecova— the total energy and sustainability management company—a 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting our environment through energy efficiency. Ecova’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2012, which marks the 20th anniversary of ENERGY STAR.

Ecova has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 2005 and has been recognized by the EPA for eight consecutive years—twice as Partner of the Year and now a sixth time for Sustained Excellence. The 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award recognizes Ecova’s long-term commitment to energy efficiency and is reflective of the company’s burgeoning energy and sustainability management portfolio.

“It’s an honor to win this award from the EPA for our leadership in energy efficiency,” says Jeff Heggedahl, CEO of Ecova. “Our team of experts is dedicated to helping companies achieve tremendous energy savings through strategic prioritization and measurement. As an organization that understands that energy management is good for the environment and our clients’ bottom lines, we deeply appreciate the EPA’s recognition of our team’s leadership.”

Across the U.S., top companies and organizations are leading the way toward more efficient use of energy through participation in ENERGY STAR programs.

In fact, several Ecova clients, such as Staples, Inc., have won their own ENERGY STAR awards this year for work supported by Ecova. According to Bob Valair, Staples director of energy and environmental management, “Working with Ecova enables us to have the highest level of energy data and a team of energy experts who can help us implement and track energy efficiency programs for our facilities. Ecova also helps submit data from over 2,000 facilities directly into the ENERGY STAR program each month, helping us efficiently participate in the ENERGY STAR program. Data, expertise and analytical capabilities from Ecova play a key role in our success in achieving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.”

Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills because of ENERGY STAR, preventing carbon emissions equal to the amount caused by 350 million vehicles each year.

The EPA gives 2012 Sustained Excellence Awards to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year.

These winners have reduced carbon emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, employing innovative approaches, and showing others what can be achieved through energy efficiency. The awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors. EPA selects award winners from about 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is proud to recognize Ecova with the 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Ecova and all our ENERGY STAR award winners are helping Americans find cost-effective ways to save energy in everything we do, which is good for our climate, our health, and our future.”

About Ecova
Ecova is the total energy and sustainability management company whose  purpose is to see more, save more, and sustain more for its clients. Using insights based on consumption, cost and carbon footprint data spanning thousands of utilities, hundreds of thousands of business sites and millions of households, Ecova provides fully managed, technology-optimized solutions for saving resources, which in turn increase returns, lower risks, and enhance reputations. Ecova is the largest non-regulated subsidiary of Avista Corp (NYSE: AVA and http://www.avistacorp.com). For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.ecova.com, on LinkedIn at http://www.linkd.in/ecovainc, or follow Ecova on Twitter at @ecovainc.

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. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. About 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit http://www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

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