FREDERICTON (GNB) – NB Power has been awarded the Energy Star Canada Award for Utility of the Year - Provincial from Natural Resources Canada for making energy efficiency programs and products affordable and available.

The awards honour organizations that demonstrate excellence in promoting the most energy-efficient products and new homes available on the market. NB Power’s efforts in promoting the efficient use of energy in customers’ homes and businesses in the province was recognized at a ceremony held on May 28 in Ottawa.

“NB Power is extremely proud to receive the Energy Star Canada Award in recognition of our efforts to promote the efficient use of energy in our customers’ homes and businesses,” said Gaëtan Thomas, president and CEO. “New Brunswickers are embracing energy efficiency, which is allowing them to save money by not using electricity they don’t need while at the same time reducing our provincial carbon footprint.”

The company received the award for many initiatives throughout the past year, including:

  • an Energy Star Day promotion and contest on social media that reached 310,000 customers;
  • the promotion of the Energy Star brand through regular energy savings tips on the Home Energy Report, which is sent to 125,000 households in New Brunswick;
  • the promotion of product rebates on a number of energy efficient products, including Energy Star certified LED lighting products; and
  • ten in-store events to promote Energy Star certified product rebates and lighting products.

“Congratulations to NB Power for supporting and promoting Energy Star products. Improving energy efficiency contributes first-hand to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and NB Power’s efforts are making it easier for Canadians to save energy and money while protecting the planet,” said federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. “We thank you for your ongoing commitment to improving the availability of energy efficient products in Canada.”

The awards are presented to utilities, organizations, advocates, manufacturers, retailers, and home builders that have shown leadership in promoting and manufacturing energy-efficient products and for advancing energy efficiency in Canada.

“This award is great recognition for the people working hard at our utility to ramp up efficiency programs in New Brunswick,” said Lois Corbett, executive director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. “We look forward to seeing energy costs come down for ratepayers as NB Power delivers even more comprehensive programming over the coming months.”

This is NB Power’s third Energy Star Canada Award. In 2016, the utility received awards for the Promotional Campaign of the Year and Social Media Campaign of the Year.

Energy Star Canada is a voluntary partnership between the federal government and more than 1,500 organizations working to use natural resources more wisely through greater energy efficiency. The Energy Star label means that a product, home, building or industrial facility is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. More information is available online.