Three Utah energy projects received national recognition at a recent awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Assistant U.S. Energy Secretary Donna Fitzpatrick presided over the annual ceremony where Brigham Young University received one of five top national awards for a high-frequency fluorescent lighting system in the school's Crabtree Building.The lighting project, developed by BYU's John Clegg and Ray Geddes of International Technology and Energy Corp., cut energy costs 19 percent compared to magnetically ballasted fluorscent systems, a spokesman said.

J and J Building Supply Co. in St. George was recognized for its use of solar heating to cure masonry blocks. Developed by Gilbert Jennings of J and J, and Val Carpenter of Carpenter Refrigeration and Electric in St. George, the solar heating system has saved the construction firm about $2,000 in monthly operating costs.

Also honored was Utah's weatherization program for low-income households. The program, developed by the Utah Energy Office and Utah County Housing Authority, emphasizes low-cost energy conservation measures to stretch program dollars and increase energy savings on each weatherized home from 13.4 to 20.9 percent.