New York Governor to be Recognized for Support of Solar

The governor of the state of New York will receive an award for his support of renewable energy.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-10-30 [SolarAccess.com] The governor of the state of New York has received an award for his support of renewable energy. George Pataki received the ‘Charles H. Percy Award’ from the Alliance to Save Energy at a special dinner in Washington. The award is presented to a public official, private individual or organization that has made an outstanding public service contribution to energy efficiency. The award is named for former Senator Charles Percy, founding chair of the Alliance, who remains active in the organization. “Governor Pataki’s leadership during these sad recent weeks has shown all America – in fact, the whole world – what we at the Alliance have known for years: that Governor Pataki leads with strength, compassion, dignity, foresight, and personal commitment,” says ASE president David Nemtzow. The award will recognize Pataki’s efforts to raise public awareness on energy efficiency in a number of areas: – issued an Executive Order requiring all state buildings to obtain 20 percent of their electricity from renewable energy by 2010 – created the first business park in the United States devoted to developing clean energy technologies – proposed legislation to allow schools and local governments to use energy saving performance contracting programs developed at the state level – reformed building codes to provide the state with one of the strongest energy-saving codes in the country – created a green building tax credit to encourage construction of energy efficient buildings throughout New York – increased annual investment in innovative energy efficiency programs to US$150 million by expanding the utility public benefits – served as the state’s spokesperson for energy efficiency through media ads that promoted Energy Star products – required old power plants to meet tougher emission standards and called for similar federal standards – brought together leaders from government, business and environmental communities to find ways New York can reduce its carbon dioxide emissions to combat global climate change. Past recipients of the Percy award include Ted Turner and Habitat for Humanity. The Alliance will present ‘Stars of Energy Efficiency’ awards to the U.S. energy services industry and Howard Geller, former head of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, for their efforts to improve energy productivity. ASE presents those awards to companies that save billions of dollars in energy costs and reduce thousands of tons of air pollution. Former recipients include the U.S. Department of Defense, IBM, Whirlpool, Toyota, Pacific Gas & Electric, Maurice Strong, 3M, Owens Corning, The Durst Organization and Denis Hayes. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), who is ASE chairman and also chairman of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, will present the Percy award to Pataki at the black-tie dinner at Union Station. The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who promote efficient and clean use of energy around the world to benefit consumers, the environment, economy and national security.

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