Green ‘Oscars’ For Staples, E.On And More

The “Oscars” of the green industry were handed out recently at the 2011 Platts Global Energy Awards in New York. In its 13th year, the Platts Global Energy Awards are hosted by Platts and the McGraw-Hill Companies. Twenty-one winners were honored at the event, including big box retailers and regional power authorities.

The office supply company Staples took home the award for Energy Efficiency Program of the Year for Commercial-End User. The company was honored for implementing smart grid technologies, heating and air-conditioning optimization techniques, automated demand-response technologies and green IT initiatives. In addition, Staples created an educational campaign to encourage stakeholders to be energy-conscious.

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Canada’s Ontario Power Authority (OPA) was awarded the Energy Efficient Program of the Year for an Energy Supplier.  OPA started a public-education initiative  in 2004. According to the Platts award organizers, the program has been key to reducing peak demand, avoiding the need for  building additional power plants.  The power company was also cited as steering Ontario toward a coal-free future for the long-term.

The Green Energy Generator of the Year award was given to E.On Climate & Renewables.  The  power and gas company was singled out for its offshore wind power development. More than 96 percent of the world’s operational offshore wind installations are located in European waters, and E.ON has delivered 46 percent of that capacity.

The full list of winners is available online.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.