At this annual black-tie dinner in New York, don’t expect to see any celebrities or politicians in the spotlight. The Platts Global Energy Awards are hosted each year to honor global companies working to make the switch to renewable energy and/or energy efficiency.
This year, Alter NRG Corporation of Canada received the Green Energy Initiative of the Year award for new technologies developed by two of its subsidiaries, Westinghouse Plasma Corporation (WPC) and CleanEnergy. WPC’s plasma gasification technology converts waste and biomass into ethanol, while CleanEnergy’s residential and commercial heating and cooling harnesses energy from the earth via geothermal heat exchanger systems, cutting the carbon footprint of remaining comfortable indoors.
Baltimore Gas & Electric snagged Energy Efficiency Program of the Year – Energy Supplier (despite some recent hiccups with its smart grid program) in recognition of its rapid development of energy efficiency programs, including its Online Energy Calculator tool and incentives for residential, commercial and industrial customers to replace inefficient or end-of-life equipment.
Snagging the Energy Efficiency Program of the Year – Commercial End-User award was Tesco plc–a global retailer ubiquitous in the U.K., where it’s based–for greening operations through energy-use reduction efforts. In the British Isles alone, Tesco has cut energy consumption by 20%, the result of a partnership with EnergyICT, which provides energy management, smart grid and smart metering technology. Tesco’s goal is to become a zero-carbon business by 2050.
The complete list of 2010 winners is available online.
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