PHI was recognized for environmental leadership by GreenBiz Group and Trucost. We were identified as a 2014 Natural Capital Leader— a company that used natural resources most efficiently to generate revenue over the previous year compared to sector peers. PHI was selected from more than 4,600 companies worldwide, and was one of only 62 companies across 19 business sectors selected as a natural capital leader.
Our selection was based on an extensive review of governmental and scholastic data sources, quantifying more than 700 environmental indicators that cover the use of natural resources such as water and land, and the generation of waste, water pollutants and air emissions. The environmental data was combined with financial data from company and government sources to reflect the economic and social costs of the company's environmental footprint.
PHI was presented with the 2014 Demand Response/Energy Efficiency Project of the Year award for our Energy Wise Rewards program. Winners of POWERGRID International magazine’s annual roundup of electric utility projects were announced during the Electric Light & Power and Powergrid international awards dinner in January 2014 in San Antonio.
Currently, more than 270,000 customers participate in Energy Wise Rewards in all five PHI jurisdictions. The program offers customers financial incentives and a web-programmable thermostat or outdoor switch in exchange for allowing the company to cycle their air conditioner off and on for short periods on summer Peak Savings Days.
PHI's corporate headquarters, Edison Place, a 400,000 square-foot Class A office building in Washington, D.C., received the first U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for Existing Buildings Award granted to a building in the District of Columbia. The LEED® certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership in energy-saving design and facility management. Buildings apply for recertification every five years. Edison Place's certification will be eligible for renewal in 2014.
For the second year in a row, the Carbon Performance Leadership Index placed PHI in the top tier of Standard & Poor 500 index of utility companies for carbon performance. The index is an annual carbon performance and disclosure rating from the Carbon Disclosure Project, an independent, nonprofit organization holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change, water and forest information in the world.
The Environment for the Americas recognized PHI for joint partnership with International Migratory Bird Day through the “Get To Know” organization. This partnership promotes environmental education by providing opportunities for youth to spend more time outdoors, draw a connection to nature by turning it into an art form, and submit their creative inspirations into a nationwide youth art contest.
PHI received the Platts 2012 Global Energy Award of Excellence in the Energy Stewardship Category for its EmPOWER Maryland Programs designed to reduce customer electricity use.
PHI is a member of the Maryland Green Registry, a voluntary self-certification program offering guidance and resources to help organizations set and meet their goals on the path to sustainability. PHI has successfully demonstrated that its policies and programs meet certain standards of environmental disclosure, governance and performance to qualify for membership. The registry was launched in 2009 by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.
Pepco’s Rockville Service Center was among the first facilities to be certified under the Montgomery County, Md., Green Business Certification Program. The county's notification cited Pepco's "commitment to environmental stewardship, especially through using hybrid vehicles for staff and service transportation, your extensive recycling program and publishing an annual sustainability report." The certification is valid for two years.
The Wildlife Habitat Council recognized Pepco for "the continuation of a successful wildlife habitat management program and for the ongoing commitment of Vegetation Management, Environmental Planning and other staff" to a long-term program that provides and enhances wildlife habitat.
The Solar Electric Power Association ranked Atlantic City Electric 10th among utilities with cumulative solar megawatts. Atlantic City Electric has 128 megawatts of interconnected solar energy projects.
The National Arbor Day Foundation recognized Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco as Tree Line USA® companies. The award recognizes utilities that educate customers, celebrate Arbor Day and utilize best management practices in utility arboriculture.
The Tree Line® USA Program evaluates best practices in utility arboriculture and public education in five areas: