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5/17/13: Poloncarz Announces Upcoming Renew Erie County Business Energy Event Focused on Usage, Costs


Hosted by EC Department of Environment & Planning, Event Explores Options for Savings, Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Fleets

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning (“DEP”) will host a free, Renew Erie County Business Energy lunch & learn workshop on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM in the Campbell Student Union Building (Room 302) on the Buffalo State College campus, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY.  DEP Deputy Commissioner Thomas R. Hersey, Jr. will deliver opening remarks; presenters at the workshop will discuss how businesses and not-for-profit organizations can take advantage of available programs and funding opportunities to help reduce energy use and associated energy costs.

“Energy conservation is good for our environment, is good business strategy, and brings rewards in both the short- and long term,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “Organizations can see an immediate impact on their bottom lines shortly after implementing conservation measures, with long-term savings accruing in the future. This program will help interested groups to identify financial incentives and technical assistance opportunities that can help them reduce their energy expenses.”

Participants will learn about programs and incentives available for making energy-efficient improvements to their buildings and fleets. Additionally, the New York Small Business Development Center will provide information on business financing and other assistance for building owners. All local and regional small businesses, commercial, not-for-profit, industrial and multi-family property owners are encouraged to attend.

Presenters at the event will include the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”), National Fuel Gas, National Grid, New York State Electric & Gas (“NYSEG”), the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Communities of Western New York Coalition, and other utility programs. NYSERDA’s Energy Audit Program offers free energy audits for small businesses and not-for-profits to help them identify energy efficiency opportunities and ways to reduce energy costs. National Fuel Gas will provide an energy efficiency kit to each attendee. Information will also be available on cash-back incentives for energy efficiency projects, as well as low-interest and on-bill energy efficiency project financing to assist in completing projects.

Pre-register for the free lunch & learn workshop at www.RenewErieCounty.org   or by calling 1-866-495-2959 to reserve your seat. Lunch and parking is free for event attendees.