Texas remains leader of energy and conservation for U.S.

Senator John Cornyn with Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Office of Greg Abbott).

USAA Real Estate earns 2018 Energy Star Award

Governor Greg Abbott’s leadership continues with Texas energy

Texas is not only a leading producer of energy for the United States, the state remains a forerunner of energy savings. In 2017, Dallas (468), Houston (247) and Austin (130) were spotlighted among the top ranking American cities with the most ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings. Midland and Odessa Texas were the top two ‘small cities’ on the list. San Angelo was ranked #5.

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Under Governor Greg Abbott’s leadership Texas is thriving with a business-friendly climate. Hundreds of businesses have relocated to Texas during Governor Abbott’s first term, April will mark the 22th consecutive month of job growth in the Lone Star State, and unemployment is at record lows.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Office of Greg Abbott)

When his predecessor was appointed to Secretary of Energy for President Donald Trump, Governor Abbott was gracious, “Under Rick Perry’s leadership in Texas, the Lone Star State experienced unprecedented growth in the energy sector, which in turn created hundreds of thousands of jobs for Texans. Rick Perry was instrumental in creating a more favorable regulatory environment for the energy industry in Texas, and I have no doubt that he will bring that same expertise to his new post. The State of Texas looks forward to working with him to help advance America’s energy sector to create a more robust economy and greater opportunity for all Americans.”

Among the leading companies in Texas, Exxon Mobile, leads the list. Following are Phillips 66 and Valero Energy. Other leading energy businesses include ConocoPhillips, Energy Transfer Equity, Enterprise Products, Plans GP Holdings, Tesoro and Halliburton.

USAA wins energy award

USAA, one of the top 20 businesses in Texas announced today that USAA Real Estate has received the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.  The company’s long-standing energy-conservation recognitions by ENERGY STAR, which exceed those of any other real estate company, will be announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018.

An ENERGY STAR partner since 2003, USAA Real Estate will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency and its continuous achievements in the reduction of energy and water consumption.

“We are honored to receive the prestigious ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award for the 16th consecutive year,” said Len O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer of USAA Real Estate.  “Our business case for sustainability is to invest capital that efficiently meets the needs of our tenants and helps to preserve our environment, while creating value and producing strong financial results for our investors.”

Last year, the USAA Real Estate portfolio reduced total Green House Gas Emissions by 4,700 metric tons of CO2e from 2016, which is equivalent to removing 1,000 cars from the road for a year.

In 2016 alone, ENERGY STAR-certified products, homes, buildings, and plants helped Americans save over $30 billion in energy costs and approximately 400 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, while achieving broad emissions reductions.

The 2018 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are bestowed on companies and other organizations that demonstrate continued leadership in energy efficiency and commitment to the ENERGY STAR program. Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations – representing energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

Other Texas based companies or organizations receiving awards include:

“I encourage all Texans to implement responsible energy practices,” Governor Abbott said. “In order to mitigate stress on our state’s electricity grid, Texans should take simple measures to save as much energy as possible.”

Consumers can help ensure the system is able to continue serving current power needs by taking the following steps to reduce demand on the system:

  • Turn off all unnecessary lights and electronic equipment.
  • Close blinds and drapes for windows that get direct sun.
  • Try not to use the dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffeemakers, or other appliances during the peak hours of 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
  • Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers unnecessarily.
  • Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.
  • Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or late evening.

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