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EPA Awards Vermont Coalition $34 Million Contract To Advise on ENERGY STAR Program

February 7, 2012

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- The EPA has awarded three Vermont groups, including Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE), a $34 million contract to provide technical, analytical and outreach assistance to the national ENERGY STAR program in the commercial, institutional, and industrial sectors.

Image of wind mills"This blanket purchase agreement is great for the global environment and also good news for the economy," said Professor Michael Dworkin, director of the IEE. "Projects that improve energy efficiency will save money and help put people back to work."

Partnering with the IEE in the contract are The Clark Group, a national environmental consulting and government affairs firm in Montpelier and Washington, D.C., and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), which is known for its management of Efficiency Vermont, the nation's first energy efficiency utility.

"All three groups have unparalleled experience in energy efficiency program design, analytics, and implementation," said Lisa Mahoney, a partner in The Clark Group's Vermont office.

The ENERGY STAR program seeks to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses throughout the United States. In 2010, ENERGY STAR programs reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 33 million vehicles and saved Americans nearly $18 billion in utility payments.

Christine Donovan, a managing consultant at VEIC, said: "One of the great benefits of this project is that it combines energy solutions with profitability-it's been proven time and again that capitalizing on energy efficiency is good for a company's environmental performance as well as its bottom line."

Under the contract, the EPA may acquire up to $34 million in services from The Clark Group, VEIC and IEE over five years. The maximum of $34 million represents the cap that the EPA can spend in retaining services from the Vermont coalition. Actual fees will depend upon the specific tasks ordered by the EPA.

More information is available from: Michael Dworkin at 802-831-1319 (IEE), Lisa Mahoney at 802-225-5945 (The Clark Group), Kelly O'Brien Lucci at 802-540-7630 (VEIC).

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations, Vermont Law School
Office: 802.831.1106, cell: 540.798.7099, home: 802.649.2235, jcramer@vermontlaw.edu

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