For 28 years, the prestigious Star of Energy Efficiency awards have celebrated market-leading advances in efficiency. We’ve honored 148 individuals, organizations, and companies. We’ve grown from an evening honoring a single awardee, to recognizing up to half a dozen recipients in categories that span sectors, revenue, and technologies. Along the way we’ve faced a recession, government shutdowns, and natural disasters – yet “energy prom” has gone on.
The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our industry and the Alliance’s priorities is significant. As the largest employer in the energy sector, energy efficiency workers are experiencing unprecedented layoffs, and investments in everything from retrofit services and efficient building materials to home appliances will take a hit. The Alliance, along with partners and advocates, are working to protect the industry during this unprecedented time. While we cannot predict the future, we know that this industry is resilient. That’s why once again, the prom will go on – in one form or another – and we will look to celebrate our industry’s accomplishments and resilience. In a time where very little is simple, the Alliance is simplifying our call for nominations with three broad categories:
Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service: This is the Alliance’s highest award. It is presented each year to an individual, public official, or organization in recognition of an outstanding public service contribution and/or a lifetime commitment to energy efficiency.
Star of Energy Efficiency Award: This award honors organizations and companies that have demonstrated a sterling commitment to advancing energy efficiency.
Innovative Star of Energy Efficiency Award: This award recognizes an emerging technology or service that has the potential to transform a sector of the energy efficiency market but which, given the early stage of innovation, has yet to generate proven savings.
Join us in celebrating our energy efficiency champions by submitting a nomination for either your organization or another whom you feel is a deserving candidate. Visit our nominations portal for complete guidelines and to apply online. We realize there is great uncertainty regarding whether it will be safe for all of us to come together on September 17th to celebrate our 2020 Stars of Energy Efficiency. The Alliance event team has been developing a number of contingency plans that will allow for a meaningful celebration while prioritizing safety; we will continue to provide updates as they are available.
Watch the below video for a taste of what the "energy prom" looks like: