The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) this month is awarding its Triple E Award—for Energy Efficiency Effort—to Pensacola’s PACE Center for Girls, a non-profit organization providing girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, and training. The Center’s new facility is LEEDS Certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), demonstrating “E” for effort by incorporating efficiencies that render energy and cost savings.
“The Commission is pleased to recognize the PACE Center for Girls for implementing PSC-approved, cost-effective conservation programs,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “We applaud the leadership of Laurie Rodgers, Director, who helped achieve her organization’s energy-efficiency goal. We hope other small businesses will follow suit, working with their local utility to help reduce their energy footprint.”
“We’re proud of our commitment to better the future for girls and young women, which includes conserving energy,” Rodgers said. “We worked closely with Gulf Power Company to install 22 tons of Geothermal Heat Pumps—the most energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning systems available. I’m honored to accept this award and appreciate Gulf Power’s assistance to decrease our overall energy costs, as well as David Alsop, the architect who planned our environmentally supportive facility.”
“Since heating and cooling accounts for as much as 30 to 40 percent of the electricity used in commercial buildings, an agency like PACE can make a major impact on their electricity costs by upgrading to a new system,” said Natalie Smith, Gulf Power Company spokesperson. “Improving the energy efficiency of our business customers’ facilities helps them save money to invest in their core business. This is good for our community and our customers.”
The PSC encourages cost-effective conservation and renewable energy to reduce the use of fossil fuels and defer the need for new generating capacity. Through the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act, the PSC approves conservation programs for the state’s five investor-owned utilities, JEA, and the Orlando Utilities Commission.
Covering the state’s five major geographic areas, each month the PSC gives its Triple E Award to a local business that has accomplished superior energy efficiency. Look for PSC Triple E Award recipients throughout 2014 under Hot Topics on the PSC’s homepage, www.floridapsc.com.
About PACE Escambia-Santa Rosa
Pace Center for Girls is a non-profit alternative education and counseling program for girls ages 12-18 who are having problems at school, at home, and in the community. PACE stands for Practical, Academic, Cultural, Education. It is a year-round voluntary prevention early intervention program, with the goal of improving the quality of life for girls at risk. For more information about PACE Escambia-Santa Rosa, call 850-478-7060 or visit www.pacecenter.org.
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