Philips Lighting was one of four organizations and individuals recognized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) when it presented four Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards at its biennial conference, the Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, last month. These awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy-efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in program implementation, research and development, energy policy, or private sector initiatives. Philips was cited for “leading the way” toward replacement of conventional incandescent lamps in the U.S. market.

“Philips initiated efforts to set incandescent lamp efficiency standards in the U.S. and played a pivotal role in working with the rest of the lighting industry, energy-efficiency advocates, and Congress to negotiate the lamp standard provision that was enacted as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007,”said ACEEE in announcing the awards. “This provision promises to be one of the most important energy efficiency appliance standards enacted in the past quarter century based on ACEEE's analysis.”

Other winners were Dian Grueneich of the California Public Utilities Commission, for outstanding career-long leadership in the energy efficiency field and innovation in utility regulation; ENE (Environment Northeast) for shepherding policies that institutionalize support for energy efficiency throughout New England; and Roger Duncan, general manager of Austin Energy, for decades of leadership in energy efficiency and sustainable energy policies and programs that serve as models for utility innovation.

The winners were nominated by their peers, and selected by a committee of ACEEE's Board of Directors from a pool of more than 75 nominations. Selection criteria were based on each nominee's impact, innovation, and leadership in the energy-efficiency field.