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Forest Hills only district in nation recognized by Duke for energy efficiency, innovation

March 30, 2016

Duke Energy presented Forest Hills School District with a Power Partner Award for the district’s responsible use of energy, efforts to save money and participation in programs that benefit the community.

Forest Hills was the only school district, and one of only 14 companies, chosen from 4,000 large businesses across the country to be recognized as a 2015 Duke Energy Power Partner.

Considered Duke’s highest honor, Power Partner awards are presented to organizations who work with Duke Energy to benefit the environment and their business through exemplary achievements in energy efficiency, innovation and sustainability.
Led by Ray Johnson, Forest Hills’ director of business operations, Forest Hills was an early supporter of Duke Energy’s Smart $aver program.  Since 2008, Forest Hills has achieved a 30 percent reduction in energy consumption and has received more than $125,000 in incentives.

In addition, thanks to diligent efforts to keep energy costs low, eight out of nine Forest Hills schools are Energy Star rated; Turpin High School is not currently, but the district is working to ensure Turpin will be Energy Star rated at the end of the school’s renovation project. Other FHSD renovation projects will also use equipment that qualifies for further Duke Energy incentives and the district will participate in Duke’s Energy Design Assistance program as they rebuild Wilson Elementary, making FHSD the first Ohio entity to enroll in the program.  The EDA program provides energy consulting services and energy modeling for whole-building energy opportunities, such as lighting and HVAC systems.

According to Jim Henning, president of Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky, in a congratulatory letter to the district, “You’ve promoted the Smart $aver incentive program to other school districts. Your insistency that RFPs issued by the district include requirements for vendors to identify and apply for Smart $aver incentives is yet another innovative way you’re helping educate the community about the financial benefits of being energy efficient. I personally thank you for being a model for other organizations and a leader in the use of smarter and increasingly clean energy.”

Chris Edge, Duke Energy vice president for large business customers, agreed.

“We are pleased to recognize [Forest Hills] for their wise use of energy,” said Edge. “It’s exciting to collaborate with them and witness first-hand how they add value to their customers and their communities.”