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Energy Stars Shine at Energy Future Holdings

07-10-2011
(From left) EFH's Bill Wysoski, corporate facilities manager, Bob Keith, senior director of facility and building services and David Bryant, property manager.
(From left) EFH’s Bill Wysoski, corporate facilities manager, Bob Keith, senior director of facility and building services and David Bryant, property manager.

Everyone loves a star, and at Energy Future Holdings (EFH) we love three. EFH’s downtown Dallas headquarters at Energy Plaza, TXU Energy’s Customer Operations Facility (COF) located in Las Colinas, and the company’s Mesquite Data Center have all earned the prestigious Energy Star award for their strategic approach to energy management in 2011.

“At Energy Future Holdings, we know the environment matters to our customers and our employees as much as it does to us as a company,” said John Young, CEO for Energy Future Holdings. “These awards are a true example of our commitment to the environment, and we are proud to have earned the Energy Star designation for so many of our locations.”

The Energy Star award is given to buildings that utilize energy efficient building management practices by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To qualify for the Energy Star award, a building must score in the top 25 percent based on the EPA’s National Energy Performance Rating System. Energy Star buildings typically use about 35 percent less energy than average buildings, while still providing quality service and comfort.

“EFH has a strong commitment to environmental stewardship and we have gone to the ‘nth degree’ to ensure our facilities exemplify that commitment,” said Bob Keith, senior director of facility and building services for Energy Future Holdings. “In recent years, we’ve made an effort to incorporate sustainability and energy efficiency into everything we do. Reducing the company’s carbon footprint has extended past a simple recycling plan to a robust, focused program utilizing proven environmentally friendly facilities management practices.”

As a result, more of EFH’s facilities are earning Energy Star awards, and Energy Plaza, TXU Energy’s headquarters on Sierra Dr in Las Colinas and Luminant Academy in Tyler are all Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.

This is the fourth consecutive year Energy Plaza has earned the Energy Star award, and the first award for both the COF and Mesquite Data Center. TXU Energy’s Sierra location in Las Colinas is expected to earn an award for 2011 in December, and EFH continues to make cost effective improvements and explore ways to improve energy efficiency at all of its locations.

To learn more about Energy Star ratings, visit www.energystar.gov .

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