FREDERICTON (GNB) – The sixth annual Premier's Awards for Energy Efficiency were presented on Thursday, May 22, by Premier David Alward in Fredericton. The awards recognize innovation and leadership in energy efficiency in New Brunswick.

This year, Efficiency NB introduced a new category celebrating the achievements of young New Brunswickers. The Energy Efficiency Champion Youth Award recognizes a youth, group of youths or a class that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to energy efficiency in a school, community or at home. This year's recipients are Bathurst High School students Toni Mullin, Rebecca Lemieux and Nora Bertin.

"I am extremely proud of all the award winners and their efforts to reduce energy use in New Brunswick," said Alward. "The recipients of the new youth award remind us that we all can play a part in promoting energy conservation and ensuring the future health of our province for generations to come."

Environment and Local Government Minister Danny Soucy, who is also minister responsible for Efficiency NB, helped present the awards and spoke about Efficiency NB's accomplishments.

"Since the agency was created in late 2005, Efficiency NB has helped make more than 30,000 New Brunswick homes more energy efficient," Soucy said. "The reduction in energy use by those households has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by a significant amount, in fact, its equivalent to taking 33,333 cars of the road for a year."

Outstanding Energy Efficiency Project Awards were presented to the best performers in Efficiency NB's programs:

●    Commercial Retrofit: Ross Ventures Ltd., Fredericton;
●    Commercial New Construction: Le Foyer Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Bathurst;
●    Residential Retrofit: Dwayne Doucette, Saint Andrews;
●    Residential New Construction: Stephen Carson, Moncton;
●    Residential Multi-Unit Retrofit: Carole Belliveau, Sackville; and
●    Residential New Multi-Unit: SIRA Enterprises, Moncton.

A public call was issued for nominations, and Energy Efficiency Champion Awards were presented in five categories:

●    Commercial: Champlain Place, Dieppe;
●    Industrial: CLOW Canada, Saint John;
●    Residential: EnerGreen Builders Co-operative , Sackville;
●    Residential: Tim Naugler, Southern Exposure Construction, Fredericton;
●    Individual: Ralph Mayfield, Saint John; and
●    Youth: Toni Mullin, Rebecca Lemieux and Nora Bertin, Bathurst.

The Community Award for Outstanding Energy Efficiency Achievement was presented to the Kennebecasis Public Library and the Town of Grand Bay-Westfield.

Information about the awards and the award winners is on the Efficiency NB website.