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12/22/2014 Contact: 850-413-6482

Tampa’s St. Lawrence Catholic School Receives PSC’s Triple E Award

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) this month is awarding its Triple E Award—for Energy Efficiency Effort—to Tampa’s St. Lawrence Catholic School. The school is demonstrating “E” for effort by incorporating efficiencies that render energy and cost savings.

“The Commission is pleased to recognize St. Lawrence Catholic School for implementing PSC-approved, cost-effective conservation programs,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “We applaud the leadership of Therese Hernandez, Principal, in not only setting an example for their students and community, but also saving on the bottom line. We hope other small businesses will follow suit, working with their local utility to help reduce their energy footprint.”

“Energy is one of the few expenses a school can reduce without sacrificing educational quality,” said Hernandez. “We worked closely with Tampa Electric Co. (TECO) to install a Cool Roof, while also taking advantage of its Cooling programs. I’m honored to accept this award and appreciate TECO’s assistance in helping us save an estimated 43,778 kWh annually.”

“The Cool Roof program is just one of nearly 40 energy-saving programs we offer to our residential and business customers,” said Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric. “Our energy analysts are passionate about helping our customers use energy wisely, and I’m pleased that we were able to work closely with St. Lawrence Catholic School to help them save on their energy costs.”

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,

About St. Lawrence Catholic School
St. Lawrence Catholic School was founded in 1958 to educate students in the St. Lawrence Catholic Parish and its surrounding community. Today, students of all faiths, who are open to the teachings of the Catholic Church, attend St. Lawrence. For more information, please call 813-879-5090, or visit the school’s website:

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