The United Illuminating Co. (UI) has received a Partner of the Year Excellence in Energy Star Promotion Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The award recognizes specific activities to promote energy-efficient products, homes or buildings. UI is the main electric provider to Shelton and many other communities in Fairfield and New Haven counties. The EPA and DOE also presented its Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award to the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, a consortium that includes both UI and Eversource as part of Energize Connecticut. (Eversource is the former Connecticut Light & Power, including Yankee Gas, which is the natural gas provider in Shelton). Nationwide, the EPA and DOE honored 130 organizations for their commitment to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. The winners were selected from 16,000 Energy Star partners, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders.