EPA to Release Proposed ENERGY STAR Score for C-Stores

NACS gathered energy use data from convenience stores to help the agency develop the score.

January 05, 2023

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a new 1-100 ENERGY STAR score and certification for convenience stores. The score was determined through a NACS-conducted survey, which gathered data on the energy use and operations of convenience stores.

On January 10, the EPA plans to present the proposed score and methodology and solicit public comment. The agency expects to finalize and launch the score in 2023.

The EPA will hold a webinar on Tuesday, January 10 at 3 p.m. EST to discuss the proposed 1-100 ENERGY STAR score. The webinar will cover:

  • The data used to develop the score
  • The 1–100 scoring model
  • How you can preview your expected score
  • How to submit comments

After the webinar, the public will be able to submit comments on the score until February 10, 2023.

This score will allow owners and operators of convenience stores to assess the energy performance of their properties relative to their peers. In addition, those that demonstrate superior energy efficiency can earn ENERGY STAR certification.

Last year, NACS received the 2022 Energy Star Award for Excellence in Energy Star Marketing from the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

NACS first partnered with the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program in 2019 to create convenience store-specific resources designed to help the industry reduce energy use and costs. As part of this effort, NACS and ENERGY STAR launched the NACS Energy Use Survey to capture convenience store data necessary for measuring store energy use and to create the convenience retail industry’s first and only ENERGY STAR Score.

The NACS Convenience Retail Energy Use Survey report is available to NACS members only. Download the report today.

NACS resources related to ENERGY STAR and other sustainability initiatives are available via the sustainability topics page.