Growing ‘Green’ Earns Recognition, Support

By Dave Bertola

Covanta Energy Corp. has been named the recipient of National Grid’s 2017 Green Manufacturing Award for its successful, multimillion-dollar energy efficiency project.

Covanta, a global waste management and energy-from- waste company, received the award at the Niagara USA Chamber’s annual Chamber Honors Gala on March 10 at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. The annual dinner recognizes businesses and business leaders that have made a positive impact on the Western New York region.

In recent years, National Grid has provided Covanta with more than $600,000 in incentives, which has been used for energy efficiency improvements related to compressed air equipment, lighting and various motors. The improvements have resulted in lower operating costs, a reduced carbon footprint and a reduction in gasoline consumption. In addition to the more than $2.7 million that Covanta spent on the various projects, the company has planted more than 100,000 tree seedlings over the last ten years.

“Covanta’s dedication to becoming greener, and their remarkable accomplishments that followed, make them a worthy recipient,” said National Grid regional manager Ken Kujawa.

“The Niagara USA Chamber is extremely grateful for the overwhelming support from National Grid that assists us in fulfilling our mission to serve the business community,” said Deanna Alterio Brennen, Niagara USA Chamber President and CEO.  “We were very excited when National Grid created the Green Manufacturing Award that is recognized at our annual dinner. This award signifies the importance of sustainability, education and energy efficiency.”

National Grid’s energy efficiency programs provide financial assistance to its commercial and industrial customers and support the installation of high-efficiency equipment that lowers costs.

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