Officials that launched CA Saves Energy from left to right; Sal Di Stefano – Economic Development Director for the City of Gloucester, Peter Webber- Senior VP at the Chamber , Brendhan Zubricki – Essex Town Administrator, Rich Hanlon – COO for Energy Source , Jessica Bergman – Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, Eric Stallings – Manchester-by-the-Sea Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, Patricia Slade – President Chamber, Tara Rowe – Energy Source, Sefatia Romeo Theken – Mayor of Gloucester , Kyle Blanchard – Energy Source , Ken Riehl – CEO Chamber , Alyssa Dupont – National Grid Small Business Manager and Jesse DeBenedictis – CASE Volunteer Member of Chamber.
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce announced a new initiative designed to help local small business owners save energy and money. Cape Ann Saves Energy (CASE) will provide cost-effective energy efficiency saving services to local small businesses and nonprofits. This effort is a collaboration among the Chamber, National Grid, Energy Source, communities of Cape Ann, and Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy. The team will help local businesses take advantage of no-cost energy assessments performed by Energy Source, generous incentives, and on-bill financing (should businesses qualify) offered through National Grid. Under the existing structure, business owners may be eligible for incentives up to 70% of the upgrade cost.
“CASE is here to be a resource for local business owners and help them take advantage of the great energy saving programs and rebates of National Grid,” said Chamber CEO Ken Riehl. “By cutting down on energy usage local businesses may see a reduction in their energy bills and reinvest their money into running a successful business.”
CASE has set an ambitious goal to complete 75 installations through 2019, which will help local businesses save 10,000 lifetime MWH.
“National Grid looks forward to working with the Chamber and local Small Businesses to help our customers not only save money but conserve energy,” said Alyssa Dupont, Small Business Program Manager at National Grid. “We hope that local businesses will take advantage of this great program.”
Energy Source, the contracted vendor through National Grid for the Cape Ann area, will work with the Chamber and local officials on this effort. Energy Source will provide a variety of Energy Efficiency options including but not limited to:
-Lighting occupancy sensors
-Gas measures (for natural gas customers) -Walk in cooler efficiency measures -Site-specific custom lighting projects
“I support this program because it will help our businesses save money and energy. I am happy to work with our partners at National Grid and the Cape Ann Chamber to make this happen.” Sal Di Stefano, Economic Development Director for the City of Gloucester.
The programs will target all eligible small businesses including restaurants, hotels, retailers, convenience stores, beauty salons, law offices, accounting and insurance firms, gas stations, and non-profits.
HOW CAPE ANN SAVES ENERGY WORKS
Cape Ann Saves Energy is here to help local small businesses with three easy steps:
1. A no-cost, no-obligation, on-site energy assessment, including a customized proposal of all energy savings measures, with associated costs and benefits.
2. Selection of the best options by the business owner.
3. Installation and implementation performed by Energy Source.
To schedule your free small business energy assessment, go to https://go.energysource.com/case, visit https://www.nationalgridus.com/MA-Business/Energy- Saving-Programs/Small-Business, or call 781-281-2942 and mention CASE.
About Cape Ann Saves Energy
Cape Ann Saves Energy is an energy savings movement that will empower businesses in Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex and Rockport make smarter energy choices in hopes of seeing a reduction in their energy bills. It is a collaborative initiative of National Grid, the Cape Ann Chamber, and local officials to inform and encourage people to save energy and become more energy efficient. Businesses can find out more information on how to participate at https://capeannchamber.com/small-business/cape-ann-saves-energy/.