COLUMBUS, OH: American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) received the Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Platinum Award from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA). Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler presented the award to the AMP Board of Trustees on Nov. 15. The E3 Platinum Award is Ohio EPA’s highest award recognizing environmental stewardship that improves the regional social well-being and/or a larger geographic area, resulting in long-term environmental benefits.
“This award recognizes AMP’s commitment to achieving sustainable balance between being responsible corporate citizens and environmental stewards, while simultaneously maintaining a supply of cost-competitive, reliable electric power for our members’ retail customers,” said Marc Gerken, AMP president and CEO. “AMP is honored to receive this award and we thank Director Butler and the Ohio EPA staff for this recognition.”
AMP has a long history as a leader in developing innovative renewable energy projects. The AMP Wind Farm in Bowling Green and the Napoleon Solar Facility were both the first utility scale projects of their type in Ohio. Further, in 2016 and 2017, four new hydropower plants commenced operation, bringing more than 300 MW of new, run-of-the-river hydropower to AMP’s existing renewable portfolio.
In 2017, AMP’s renewable projects prevented more than 3.5 million tons of CO2, 900 tons of SO2 and more than 800 tons of NOx from being emitted.
AMP also implemented a carbon management program that, through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, reforested 467 acres of Ohio parklands and mine reclamation areas. Additional programs offered to members by AMP include Efficiency Smart, a robust energy efficiency program –that provides reliable and verifiable cost savings, and EcoSmart Choice, allowing member customers to offset a portion of their power supply with renewable generation through the purchase and retirement of renewable energy credits.
AMP has completed many in-house energy efficiency projects, including LED lighting, HVAC chiller replacement, occupancy sensors for lighting, recycling program and a two-port electric vehicle charging station for free use by employees and members.
For more information on AMP’s sustainability efforts and programs, click here.
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Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler (center) presents the E3
Platinum Award to AMP President/CEO Marc Gerken (right)
and Steve Dupee, Wellington village manager and AMP Board
chair, at the AMP Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 15 in