Energy Stars

By Dave Bertola

At the May 10 Energy Efficiency Summit in Buffalo, National Grid’s Rob Compise, left, and Peter Cook of Horizon Solutions discuss a recent project.

In recent months National Grid hosted a series of energy efficiency summits, where an estimated 375 customers learned about energy savings programs and financial incentives available to them.

The networking events were held in Syracuse, Albany and Buffalo, and featured dozens of exhibitors who showcased their energy efficiency products. Attendees learned about roles that energy efficiency programs could play in their companies, and ways to partner with National Grid. At the final event, held May 10 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, roundtable participants discussed their challenges, and shared with audience how National Grid was able to assist.

The rest of the agenda included Q&A and roundtable sessions with National Grid leaders. The keynote speaker was Ian Bowles, managing director of Boston-based Rhumb Line Energy LLC, a clean energy advisory and project development firm. His presentation highlighted how east coast businesses are leading the way for a clean energy future.

In attendance were Mickey Zablonski and Carl Ceccanti of NOCO Energy Corp. NOCO sells a variety of products and services, including natural gas, electricity and heating/cooling systems. The company also has energy savings programs for residential and commercial customers, including offerings on lighting, HVAC and insulation, to name a few.

Zablonski, who is vice president and general manager, said that NOCO’s customers have benefitted from working with National Grid’s energy efficiency staff to shape programs.

“Our customers know and appreciate that a utility like National Grid is helping them to drive down costs and be more energy efficient,” Zablonski said.

“Events such as these help us to stay up to speed on technology, which is always changing,” added Ceccanti.

Mike Forster, assistant director for utility operations at the University at Buffalo said that university staff does a good job of at identifying energy-saving opportunities. The summit, he said, was a chance to learn from others about how to identify cost-saving opportunities.

“The summit was an opportunity to talk with others regarding projects that are similar to ours,” Forster said. “We also learned about funding opportunities or rebates that we may be eligible for.”

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