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Sixth Annual Flex Your Power Award Presentations: FTB Is a Winner!

Flex Your Power is California's statewide energy efficiency marketing and outreach campaign. Initiated in 2001, Flex Your Power is a partnership of California's utilities, residents, businesses, institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations working to save energy. Their annual award presentations recognize long-standing and strong energy conservation and efficiency programs.

The Sixth Annual "Flex Your Power" award winners were honored on December 15, 2008. FTB was the only state department receiving this award.

The Energy Foundation, Buildings Program Director John Wilson presented the crystal award to Executive Officer Selvi Stanislaus and FTB's Green Team member Jim Durborough.

This year's award winners have saved more than $227 million, 1.5 billion kilowatt hours, 122 billion gallons of water, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 1.3 billion pounds.

About the Awards

Over the last three years, award winners have cumulatively saved more than $500 million, three billion kilowatt hours, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing more than 230,000 cars from the road.

Flex Your Power is proud to count California's top organizational directors, commission chairs, legislators, and researchers among its judges. The judging process relies on the expertise of an impartial panel of energy- and water-use efficiency experts.

Awards Categories

  1. Energy Efficiency — Efforts to reduce total energy (electricity and natural gas) consumption through the installation of energy-efficient equipment, lighting and appliances or through the completion of energy-efficient building retrofits or new construction projects.
  2. Media and Education — Educational efforts or media coverage that has positively impacted energy efficiency and demand response activities.
  3. Innovative Products and/or Services — Innovative products or services designed to help businesses or residents save energy. This includes manufacturing, and retailer promotions, as well as vendor, contractor, and consultant programs.
  4. Peak Demand Response — Efforts to reduce electricity use during certain times of the day - at "peak" - by shedding or shifting demand.
  5. Water Conservation/Efficiency — Efforts to conserve water through conservation, water recycling, and other efforts. Conserving water also conserves energy as 19 percent of California's electricity goes to pumping, moving, and treating water.
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