Little Rock, Ark. (Sept. 13, 2011) — Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield recently was awarded an incentive check of $12,030 from the Entergy Arkansas, Inc. Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Standard Offer Program for increasing the energy efficiency of the lighting systems in its Little Rock office building on Gaines Street. The no-cost program provides financial support to help commercial facilities implement energy-efficient renovations.
The incentive was determined by the total amount of energy the company will save. The high-efficiency lighting equipment will save nearly 276,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, equivalent to preventing the carbon dioxide emissions of approximately 21,400 gallons of gasoline, according to Environmental Protection Agency calculations.
“As a forward-thinking company, we have been making energy-efficiencient improvements to our facilities for more than a decade,” said Ken Pearson, manager of Capital Management for Arkansas Blue Cross. “This program benefits our company by reducing our energy usage, providing an incentive to put toward the cost of making the needed renovations, and it benefits the community by making more energy available. It is a win-win situation all around.”
“It’s important that we set a positive example for our employees and customers, and reducing our energy use is a critical step,” said Dru English, property manager for Arkansas Blue Cross. “In addition to the energy savings, our employees have noticed better light quality in the buildings.”
As part of its participation in the program, Blue Cross Blue Shield will continue to evaluate additional efficiency opportunities. “We look forward to working with Entergy and the C&I Program to identify ways to further reduce energy use,” said Pearson. “Energy efficiency projects make sound financial sense, as the reduced energy use generally offsets the cost of the initial investment.”
“We identified a real need for an energy efficiency program that specifically targets commercial facilities, especially as budgets are spread thin,” said Entergy’s Account Service Manager Kelley Gonzalez Hines. “This program is an organized effort to bring needed energy efficiency to Arkansas.”
Founded in 1948, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is the largest health insurer in Arkansas. Arkansas Blue Cross and its affiliates have more than 2,700 employees. If combined, the 39 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans collectively provide health care coverage for 93 million Americans.