EPA Awards DirecTV Energy-Saving 'Gold Star'

Satellite Operator Cited for 'Sustained Excellence'

DirecTV this week was honored as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's Partners of the Year for leadership in energy efficiency. It was one of 79 companies cited for "sustained excellence," which the EPA defined as demonstrating "remarkable leadership each year in the Energy Star program while remaining committed to environmental protection through superior energy efficiency."

The EPA said DirecTV and the others collectively helped prevent more than 300 million metric tons of greenhouse gasses and cut utility bills by $34 billion.

“I congratulate our Energy Star Partners of the Year for their leadership and commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and taking action that will help us leave a healthier planet for future generations,” EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said.

The partners will be saluted April 20 in Washington.

DirecTV said it reached a milestone in 2014 when all of its new receivers were Energy Star-certified. It has also promoted energy efficiency in PSAs on CNN, Discovery and HGTV.

“DirecTV stands alone among television providers in receiving the Sustained Excellence Award,” Romulo Pontual, EVP and CTO of DirecTV, said of the recognition. “DirecTV’s engineering team was key to ensuring that all of our products met the new Energy Star 4.1 requirements..."