National Grid & SmartPower win EPA Excellence award

By Darlene Masse

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National Grid and SmartPower are being recognized in a ceremony tonight in Washington, D.C. as a recipient of the 2016 Clean Air Excellence Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award recognizes programs that educate the public in ways to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

National Grid and SmartPower are being honored in the Education and Outreach category for The Rhode Island Energy Challenge: Find Your Four! Campaign. National Grid and SmartPower team up on this grassroots energy efficiency campaign to encourage Rhode Islanders to ‘find four’ simple ways to reduce energy use.

The U.S. EPA is recognizing seven award recipients tonight across six categories. Award categories include:

  • Education and Outreach
  • Clean Air Technology
  • Community Action
  • Regulatory and Policy Innovation
  • Transportation and Energy Innovation
  • The Thomas W. Zosel Individual Award

“Each of these award winners has taken real, tangible steps to improve public health in their communities by reducing air pollutants or greenhouse gases,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “These projects reflect the creativity and commitment of public and private sector organizations to make a difference and drive us toward a cleaner, healthier future.”

The Clean Air Excellence awards program was established in 2000, and recognizes individuals that serve as pioneers in their fields, advance public understanding of air pollution and improve air quality.  More information on the award winners can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/caaac/clean-air-excellence-awards. Click here for some ideas on how you can reduce your energy use: https://ri.insights.nationalgridus.com/ei/app/ideas/free.

The Rhode Island Energy Challenge Campaign Results:

  • 10,000+ – Number of residents who have taken the pledge.
  • 90 – Percentage of participating homeowners who indicated they took at least one energy reduction action.
  • 75 – Percentage of participating homeowners who had a greater understanding of their energy use.

Ideas on How You Can Save Energy, too!

Summer tips:

  • Raise your thermostat to save on cooling costs.
  • Hang laundry to dry.
  • Reduce pool pump run time.
  • Reduce pool temperature.

Below are photos from The Clean Air Excellence Awards:

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