Platts Global Energy Awards Highlight Winners' Commitment to Clean and Renewable Energy
6th December, 2009
A commitment to clean and renewable energy was a theme that stood out as the winners of the 2009 Platts Global Energy Awards were announced last night at a gala dinner at Cipriani Wall Street. Three companies took honors in award categories directly related to energy sustainability, while many others won general category awards because of their green-related accomplishments.
The Energy Efficiency Program of the Year, which received the most nominations of the program's 17 award categories, had two winners - Johnson Johnson and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PGE). The global health care products giant was selected for its holistic approach to energy consumption, which included sourcing 34 percent its energy from renewables in 2008. PGE, a supplier to more than 15 million Californians and one of the first utilities in the nation to offer customers energy efficiency and demand management programs, was honored for its long-term leadership as an energy-efficient supplier and its recent programs which showcase integrated management solutions tailored to customers' specific needs. Over the next decade, nearly half of PGE's load growth is expected to be met through energy efficiency programs.
The Green Energy Initiative of the Year was awarded to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command of the U.S. Department of the Navy for its Energy and Water Management Program. Over the years, the Navy has developed a diverse portfolio of renewable energy projects, including wind energy generation installations at three facilities, photovoltaic array installations in 15 locations, and installations of solar thermal energy systems, geothermal energy generation and ground source heat pumps at various locations.
The Sustainable Technology Innovation of the Year award, which received the second most nominations of all the categories, went to Energy Storage Power (ESP), a joint venture of PSEG Global LLC, a Public Service Enterprise Group subsidiary, and energy storage pioneer Dr. Michael Nakhamkin. ESP took the prize for its patented second generation compressed air energy storage (CAES2) technology, which stores low-cost, off-peak wind energy in the form of compressed air.
Now in its 11th year, Platts Global Energy Awards program honors outstanding achievement in the energy industry, recognizing corporate and individual accomplishments, innovation and entrepreneurship. In conjunction with the awards, on December 2, Platts also hosted its third annual Global Energy Outlook Forum which brought together world-renowned economists, industry leaders, and government officials to discuss the outlook for sustainability.
In honor of their leadership and dedication to developing sustainable technologies and programs, the 37 companies that were chosen as finalists for the Energy Efficiency Program, Green Energy Initiative, and Sustainable Technology Innovation awards all received an Award of Excellence at Platts Global Energy Outlook Forum.
Environmentally-focused efforts also earned honors for companies nominated in other award categories. Tom Casten, one of two winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, was lauded for deploying more than 2 billion to complete 250 energy recycling projects, which generated 11,000 MW of clean power while avoiding five million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. He was also credited with precipitating numerous public policy changes and advancing the cause of industrial energy efficiency through his work as an author, advocate and association leader.
The FPL Group was named Power Company of the Year for demonstrating that business success can be built on environmental success. The leading renewable energy provider in North America, FPL has invested in wind, nuclear, solar powered generation facilities and is also investing in the transmission infrastructure needed to carry renewable energy to major population centers. The Industry Leadership of the Year award went to Chesapeake Energy Corporation for its natural gas campaigning efforts and its establishment of the American Clean Skies Foundation, which is a leading voice in the debate on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance national security through natural gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
In addition, Mirant Corporation won the Engineering Project of the Year Award for creating "virtual smoke stacks" for the Potomac River Generating Station which effectively pushed emissions from the plant higher in the air, significantly improving air quality in the Alexandria, Virginia, area. Peabody Energy snagged the Marketing Campaign of Year award for a creative educational program, "Coal Can Do That," which uses web communications, a branded Twitter channel and advertising to promote the advantages of clean energy solutions from coal.
The winners in a total of 17 Global Energy Award categories were chosen by an independent international panel of judges from a record number of nominations from 22 countries. The winning companies came from India, Italy, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and the United States.
Capgemini served as the principal sponsor of Platts Global Energy Awards for the seventh consecutive year and was joined this year by co-sponsors, Elster Group and SolArc, Inc.
For complete awards results, including the judges' rationale, please go to Platts Global Energy Awards:
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