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ALBANY — The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has been given the 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.

This is the 14th consecutive year NYSERDA has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.

The award recognizes the public benefit corporation for “demonstrating exemplary commitment and dedication to leadership in energy efficiency and the ENERGY STAR program,” a press release said.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Through NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, New Yorkers all across the state are making their homes more comfortable, lowering their energy costs and reducing their carbon footprint as part of New York’s nation-leading efforts to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change,” NYSERDA President and CEO Alicia Barton said in the release.

NYSERDA is very proud of the recognition, she added.

The Department of Energy and EPA recognized NYSERDA’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, including its low-income EmPower New York component, serving households with incomes at or below 60 percent of State Median Income, the release said.

“Together, the programs offer New Yorkers with access to free or reduced-cost energy assessments for their one to four family home, customer and contractor incentives for completed energy efficiency improvements, and low-cost financing,” it said.

Since 2001, more than 240,000 homeowners and renters have participated in the program, reducing their energy costs and increasing comfort of their homes.

Additionally, NYSERDA’s New Construction Program, featuring New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes, also contributed to its accomplishments.

This program targets the design and construction of new homes and multifamily buildings by supporting increasingly stringent performance standards, the release said.

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“NYSERDA relies on the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program and protocols as a baseline for accessing the technical and financial support it offers under these programs,” it said.

NYSERDA was also recognized for its achievements in its Codes, Products and Standards Program, which continues to research and build strategies to encourage the adoption of underutilized energy efficiency technologies.

Today, there are nearly 34,000 ENERGY STAR Certified Homes completed with program support across New York, the release said, saving residents more than 60 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and more than 1.7 million British thermal units (MMBtu) of fossil fuel to date.

The 2019 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are bestowed upon a diverse set of organizations that have demonstrated continued leadership in energy efficiency, the release said.

They recognize leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors.

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