Pictured left to right: Kari Conley, Duke Energy, Government & Community Relations Manager; Jerry Demings, Orange County Mayor; Byron Knibbs, Vice-Chair Orange County External Sustainability & Resilience Committee & Retired OUC VP; Bill Alexander, OUC Director of Sales & Sustainability; Resham Shirsat, Orange County Sustainability Advisory Board Member; Jeff Benavides, Orange County Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer.
On Sept. 28, OUC joined Orange County in proclaiming Wednesday, Oct. 6, as Energy Efficiency Day – a national day of awareness to encourage energy-efficient actions and clean energy goals.
Representatives from OUC, Orange County and Duke Energy joined Orange County Mayor, Jerry Demings, at the Board of County Commissioners meeting where the proclamation was read. Representing OUC was Bill Alexander, Director of Sales & Sustainability. Byron Knibbs Vice-Chair of Orange County External Sustainability & Resilience Committee and retired OUC Vice President of Emerging Technologies, was also in attendance. Knibbs spent 21 years at OUC enhancing our sustainability efforts through numerous renewable energy, conservation and customer service projects.
Mayor Demings highlighted the importance of local utility support in implementing clean energy and climate actions. An action that has been at the forefront of OUC’s strategic plan since February 2020 when we committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Mayor Demings also referenced the value of equitable access to energy efficiency programs for Orange County residents. In 2020, OUC expanded offerings in our Efficiency Delivered program, enabling low-income customers to make more energy-saving upgrades to their homes.
At OUC, we’re driven by affordability and sustainability. Energy efficiency has been a longstanding pursuit of ours to meet Central Florida’s growing energy needs while reducing carbon emissions and keeping the cost of utility bills low.