On March 27, 2018, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) presented its fifth annual TEP BrightEE Awards to 12 organizations that educate, inform and inspire the community about sustainability and energy efficiency (EE). Mrs. Green, Gina Murphy-Darling and President and CEO of TEP, Dave Hutchens officiated the ceremony.

TEP began recognizing customers with BrightEE (pronounced “brighty”) Awards five years ago as a way to promote awareness of its EE programs, which help customers save energy while producing substantial environmental benefits. Energy savings achieved through these programs help TEP work toward the goals in Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Standard, which requires utilities to achieve a cumulative energy savings of 22 percent by 2020.

Customers participating in TEP’s EE programs saved 172,198 megawatt hours (MWh) in 2017, enough energy to power more than 17,000 homes for a year. Efforts taken last year will continue to save energy over many years, eventually resulting in savings equivalent to 1.8 million megawatt hours – enough to power 180,000 homes for a year.

To learn more about the great programs sponsored by TEP check out our podcast series.