LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (October 18, 2022) – In recognition of the 7th annual national Energy Efficiency Day, on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, Summit Utilities Arkansas (Summit) joined City of Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry and City of Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. in promoting energy efficiency – the most economical, quickest way to meet energy needs, cut utility bills, and reduce pollution.
Energy efficiency is also an economic engine, amassing a U.S. workforce of nearly 2.4 million. Ranging from professional services to manufacturing, installation, and construction, these good jobs are local and cannot be outsourced.
“The environmental and economic advantages of implementing energy efficiency measures are key for the Central Arkansas region,” said Jose Laboy, Manager of Conservation Improvement Program Implementation at Summit. “Mayor Castleberry and Mayor Scott’s official proclamations of October 5, 2022 as Energy Efficiency Day in the cities of Conway and Little Rock further demonstrate that companies and municipalities build resilience across multiple scales. We can all do our part to make our communities stronger and better prepared for the future.”
Currently, Summit Utilities Arkansas invests more than $10 million in energy efficiency programs that directly benefit its customers. By reducing the energy usage of those Summit serves, Summit helps their customers keep more money in their pockets, while reducing their carbon footprint.
Over the last decade, Summit’s energy efficiency programs in Arkansas resulted in a carbon avoidance of approximately 21,825 metric tons of carbon dioxide. That is equivalent to taking over 4,703 cars off the road or offsetting the total energy usage of over 2,749 homes. Summit’s energy efficiency programs help make homes more efficient by creating a thermal barrier to reduce energy usage and costs while also increasing air circulation and creating healthier ventilation and superior air quality by preventing pollutants from coming into the home. In 2020, Summit Utilities Arkansas started a low-income energy efficiency program in Arkansas that helps families reduce their utility costs and reap the benefits of home weatherization.
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About Energy Efficiency Day:
On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, a growing network showcased the vital benefits of energy efficiency during the 7th annual nationwide Energy Efficiency Day. Learn how we can all “save money, cut pollution, create jobs” and more at www.energyefficiencyday.org
Background on Summit Utilities, Inc.’s Recent Acquisition:
Summit Utilities Inc. closed its acquisition of CenterPoint Energy’s distribution assets in Arkansas, Oklahoma and the Texarkana, Texas area on January 10, 2022. The gas distribution systems included in the transaction serve approximately 525,000 customers in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, and include 17,000 miles of gas main pipeline across those three states. As part of the acquisition, Summit Utilities Inc. has welcomed nearly 600 CenterPoint team members to the company.
Throughout 2022, Summit Utilities Inc. and CenterPoint worked together to migrate all operations and services to Summit Utilities Inc. During that transition period, CenterPoint continued to provide certain services to customers on behalf of Summit Utilities Inc. including aspects of billing, customer support and marketing.
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Background on Summit Utilities, Inc.
Summit Utilities, Inc. owns natural gas distribution and transmission subsidiaries that operate in Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company provides safe, clean and affordable natural gas to businesses and residents in six states through Arkansas Oklahoma Gas, Colorado Natural Gas, Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Summit Utilities Arkansas, and Summit Utilities Oklahoma. Each of Summit Utilities Inc.’s natural gas distribution and transmission subsidiaries constructs and installs natural gas distribution systems with the goal of supporting economic development by providing clean-burning, safe and reliable natural gas to residential and commercial customers through exceptional customer service and commitment to community. Overall, Summit Utilities Inc. entities serve approximately 625,000 customers and operate more than 23,400 miles of pipeline.