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Spokane’s Ecova part of Groom Energy’s list of “10 companies to watch”

Groom Energy has just released a list we'll call some attention to; it's a list of 10 smart-grid vendors to watch in the ongoing energy efficiency marketplace. 

Spokane's Ecova (formerly Advantage IQ, and before that, Avista Advantage) is among the 10. 

The group of 10 are all in the specific niche of “enterprise” grid-efficiency companies: The other nine are C3, CA Technologies,  EnergyCAP, EnerNOC, Lucid, Phoenix Energy Technologies, Schneider Electric, SCIenergy and Siemens.

Only Siemens, which operates across many industrial and some consumer markets, may be a familiar name.

We call out this list in part because we believe (sincerely) that the smart grid future is important and critical in helping the world better manage the energy needs of consumers and businesses. We also really don't see many stories that explain how companies like Ecova make a difference in the marketplace. 

They're clearly doing the job, and deserve ongoing coverage in the media.

EPA honors Spokane’s Ecova with 2012 Energy Star sustained excellence award

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Spokane-based Ecova a 2012 Energy Star sustained excellence award, recognizing the company's commitment to energy efficiency.

Ecova, formerly Advantage IQ, is a spin-off company of Spokane-based energy utility Avista Corp.

The company, with offices across the states, provides energy audits and energy management for corporate clients.

A company press release noted that Ecova has been recognized by the EPA for eight straight years. This is the firm's sixth Sustained Excellence award.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Energy Star program. Energy Star is an international standard for energy-smart consumer products. It was launched as a U.S. government program during the early 1990s, but Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the European Union have all adopted it as an energy savings program.

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