UI, SCG, and CNG Receive Fifth Consecutive ENERGY STAR® Award

2021 energy savings for customers: UI 16M kWh and SCG/CNG 2.3M CCF

Orange, CT— June 16, 2022 – The United Illuminating Company (UI), Southern Connecticut Gas (SCG) and Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG) –sponsors of Energize Connecticut–have received the 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. This is the seventh time we have been recognized for these efforts and the fifth consecutive recognition for our continued leadership and commitment to promoting the ENERGY STAR program in Connecticut.

“For five years in a row, our efforts with industry partners in the EnergizeCT program and the leadership on our CLM team have proven to find more efficiencies in everyday energy use while making a positive impact on our environment. I’d like to thank them all for their commitment to finding efficiencies for our customers and reducing carbon emissions,” said Frank Reynolds, President & CEO of UI, SCG and CNG.

The Sustained Excellence award is the highest honor bestowed by the ENERGY STAR program. Winners in this distinguished group have made a long-term commitment to fighting climate change, protecting public health through energy efficiency and are continuing to increase the adoption and implementation of energy efficiency measures. They are among the nation’s leaders in driving value for the environment, the economy and the American people.

Each year, the ENERGY STAR program honors a group of businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements. This work at our AVANGRID subsidiaries is through the ardent efforts of the Conservation and Load Management (CLM) team. They work with residential customers on Home Energy Solutions (HES) that offer free or reduced cost efficiency methods like weatherstripping and insulation. They also work with commercial customers to update HVAC systems, lighting systems, and other costs saving measures to create energy savings.

“AVANGRID’s CLM team is honored to receive recognition from the Energy Star program for the fifth time in a row for the innovative and robust energy efficiency programs we implement in Connecticut,” said Larry Rush, CLM Manager of Residential at AVANGRID. “These programs are so important to the residents of Connecticut helping them to reduce their energy consumption and helping them live more comfortably in their homes. The average customer we serve through our Home Energy Solutions Program saves an average of $200 annually when participating in the program.”

In 2021 at UI, the company recorded an annual energy savings of 16,273,412 Kilowatt hours (kWh), with a lifetime savings of 135,847,834 kWh. These savings could light up 6,780,5883 60 Watt Average LED Lightbulbs for 24 hours; lifetime savings could power 56,603,2642 lightbulbs for 24 hours. These 2021 energy savings could power 1518.75 average US homes for an entire year, or 12,678 average US homes for an entire year from energy saved in lifetime savings. Further, the 2021 savings could power 101,077 Average 150 Watt Televisions for an entire year, or 843,775 for a year based on the amount of energy lifetime savings.

UI savings are equivalent to these avoided greenhouse gases:

  • Annual: 3,991 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled
    •  Lifetime: 33,312 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled
  • Annual: 570 garbage trucks of waste recycled instead of landfilled
    • Lifetime: 4,759 garbage trucks of waste recycled instead of landfilled
  • Annual: 499,200 trash bags of waste recycled instead of landfilled
    • Lifetime: 4,167,237 trash bags of waste recycled instead of landfilled
  • Annual: 3.1 wind turbines running for a year
    • Lifetime: 26.2 wind turbines running for a year
  • Annual: 437,100 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs
    • Lifetime: 3,648,843 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs

In 2021 at CNG, employees calculated an annual Savings of 1,067,765 CCF (hundred standard cubic feet) and lifetime savings of 19,802,245 CCF. In layman’s terms, CNG could fuel an average US Home for 544,778 days based on 2021 savings for customers, or fuel an average US home for 1,010,3186 days when looking at lifetime savings.

CNG savings are equivalent to these avoided greenhouse gases:

  • Annual: 2,035 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled
    • Lifetime: 37,742 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled
  • Annual: 291 garbage trucks of waste recycled instead of landfilled
    • Lifetime: 5,392 garbage trucks of waste recycled instead of landfilled
  • Annual: 254,579 trash bags of waste recycled instead of landfilled
    • Lifetime: 4,721,319 trash bags of waste recycled instead of landfilled
  • Annual: 1.6 wind turbines running for a year
    • Lifetime: 29.6 wind turbines running for a year
  • Annual: 222,910 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs
    • Lifetime: 4,133,998 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs

In 2021 SCG recorded an annual savings 1,234,419 CCF, with a lifetime savings of 23,023,048 CCF. 2021 savings could fuel an average US Home for 629,806 days, with lifetime savings fueling the average US home for 1,174,6453 days.

SCG savings are equivalent to these avoided greenhouse gases:

  • Annual: 2,353 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled
    • Lifetime: 43,880 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled
  • Annual: 336 garbage trucks of waste recycled instead of landfilled
    • Lifetime: 6,269 garbage trucks of waste recycled instead of landfilled
  • Annual: 294,315 trash bags of waste recycled instead of landfilled
    • Lifetime: 5,489,236 trash bags of waste recycled instead of landfilled
  • Annual: 1.8 wind turbines running for a year
    • Lifetime: 34.5 wind turbines running for a year
  • Annual: 257,703 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs
    • Lifetime: 4,806,388 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs

For a complete list of 2022 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.

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About UI: The United Illuminating Company (UI) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1899, UI operates approximately 3,600 miles of electric distribution lines and 138 miles of transmission lines. It serves approximately 341,000 customers in the greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas of Connecticut. UI received the Edison Electric Institute’s Emergency Response Award in 2019 and 2021. For more information, visit www.uinet.com.

About SCG: The Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1847, SCG operates approximately 2,500 miles of natural gas distribution pipelines, serving approximately 206,000 customers in the greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas of Connecticut. For more information, visit www.soconngas.com.

About CNG: Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation (CNG) is a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. Established in 1848, CNG operates approximately 2,200 miles of natural gas distribution pipeline, serving approximately 183,000 customers across 26 communities in the greater Hartford-New Britain area, and Greenwich, Connecticut. For more information, visit www.cngcorp.com.

About AVANGRID: AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $40 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, AVANGRID has two primary lines of business: Avangrid Networks and Avangrid Renewables. Avangrid Networks owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. AVANGRID employs approximately 7,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021 and 2022 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2022, AVANGRID ranked second within the utility sector for its commitment to the environment and the communities it serves. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2022 for the fourth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. For more information, visit avangrid.com.   




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