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05/22/2015 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC’s Triple E Award Presented to Pensacola Beach Elementary School

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) is presenting its May Triple E Award—for Energy Efficiency Effort—to Pensacola Beach Elementary School (PBES), a charter school with the Facebook motto, “Life is GOOD at the Beach School.” School leaders made school life even better by upgrading and replacing the facility’s outdated HVAC system to save energy and reduce costs.

“Not only are the teachers educating their students in an elevated school among Florida’s beautiful sand dunes, but school administrators are also offering students a hands-on energy efficiency lesson,” said PSC Chairman Art Graham. “Their recent HVAC upgrade significantly reduced the school’s kilowatt hour and peak kilowatt usage.”

 “PBES consistently scores high on state and district assessments, and now we’re pleased to be scoring high in energy efficiency,” said Principal Jeff Castleberry. “We typically ask our students to show a year’s worth of growth in all our core subjects, and we believe we should do the same.  So, as administrators, we’re proud to have worked with Gulf Power Company (Gulf) to increase growth in energy savings this year.”

“Geothermal is the most energy-efficient way to cool and heat any space,” said Jeff Rogers, Gulf Power manager of External Communications.  “Pensacola Beach Elementary will see significant savings—plus low-maintenance geothermal is perfect for the coastal climate because all of the equipment is inside.”

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 2015 under Hot Topics on the PSC’s homepage,

About Pensacola Beach Elementary School

PBES’s mission is “to recognize that each child has unique needs and abilities; provide a nurturing environment in which to achieve academic success and establish a foundation for educating citizens for life; instill the core values of equality, honesty, integrity, patriotism, respect, and responsibility; develop self-confident, critical thinkers; and cultivate creativity and leadership.” For more information, please call (850) 934–4020, or visit the website,

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