"These honorees years ago first recognized the great promise of energy efficiency and began working to ensure that efficiency plays a prominent role in meeting our environmental and economic goals," said Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D - N.M.), Chairman of the Alliance. "Because of their efforts, people all over the world are taking advantage of energy efficiency as the key to greater prosperity and an improved environment."
"Owens Coming is a world leader in advancing energy conservation," said Alliance President David Nemtzow. Glen Hiner, Owens Coming Chairman and CEO, stated that, "Owens Coming promotes the value of energy conservation and the benefits of using fiber glass insulation throughout the world." Nemtzow added, "Owens Corning is at the forefront of advancing energy efficient technologies to benefit consumers."
The U.S. Department of Defense has reduced its buildings and facility energy use by 14 percent since 1985 by investing in energy efficient products and services. DOD's efforts saved tax payers $430 million in 1995. Nemtzow said that "the Defense Department has been a role model for federal agencies by initiating energy saving performance contracts and by using private sector investment to reduce energy costs." Nemtzow added, "The Alliance hopes the federal government chooses to make energy efficiency a priority in this county by providing the private sector with more national examples like the Defense Department."
Charles R. Imbrecht, Chairman of the California Energy Commission, is the second ever recipient of the Charles H. Percy Award for distinguished public service promoting energy efficiency. Honored by the Alliance's choice for the award, Chairman Imbrecht said, "Senator Charles Percy was an innovative public servant who inspired me in my own career in elected office. I am honored to receive an award named for this esteemed statesman." Nemtzow explained that "Since Chuck Imbrecht became Chairman, California's efficiency programs have reduced utility bills for home, businesses and the public sector more than $11 billion." On behalf of Californians, Chairman Imbrecht stated, "We are proud to be the energy laboratory of the world."
The annual Stars of Energy Efficiency dinner is by invitation only. Any reporters who are interested in attending should contact Kara Saul, Media Assistant for the Alliance to Save Energy, at 202-857-0666.
The Alliance to Save Energy is a bi-partisan coalition of government, business, consumer and environmental leaders dedicated to enhancing the efficiency with which our nation uses energy.
The Stars of Energy Efficiency Banquet: Thursday, June 6th at 6:15 p.m.