2008 Business Energy Summit: Experts Present Ways to Make Businesses Energy Efficient

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In an effort to help Connecticut businesses become more energy efficient, The Hartford Business Journal will host a Business Energy Summit Thursday, September 11, 2008 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lord Cromwell Inn in Cromwell.

In an effort to help Connecticut businesses become more energy efficient, The Hartford Business Journal will host a Business Energy Summit Thursday, September 11, 2008 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lord Cromwell Inn in Cromwell.

The summit, sponsored by SUEZ Energy Resources NA, will present expert perspectives on how to run an energy efficient business and what local companies can do to cope with high energy costs. Experts will run breakout sessions to share renewable energy tactics, facts about energy law, how to conduct energy audits, alternative energy sources and more.

The summit will kickoff with a panel discussion featuring five experts in the fields of energy, law and construction.

Attendees can then choose from a series of five insightful morning workshops including: Ten Inexpensive Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Energy Costs Now hosted by EMCOR; Power Management: From Outage to Control, presented by Schneider Electric Corp. and hosted by Graybar; Demand Response & Renewable Energy hosted by SUEZ; Energy Law - FAQ with McCarter and English; and How To Conduct Energy Audits and Metrics Around Your Energy Usage hosted by Tradition.

Later breakout sessions include Creating Energy Management Strategies; Preparing Your Business for What's Next in Energy; Alternative Energy Sources; Energy Legislation and New Approaches to Energy Saving Systems; and The True Cost of Ignoring Your Energy Systems.

"This event is an incredible learning opportunity for Connecticut businesses," said Gail Lebert, publisher of Hartford Business Journal, whose company is producing the Business Energy Summit. "The summit will offer ideas to help businesses control costs and become more energy efficient. We find the topic to be timely as winter approaches and companies look for more information about energy alternatives now and in the future."

The 2008 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator, commissioned by Johnson Controls, Inc., revealed 62 percent of companies surveyed are paying more attention to energy efficiency than five years ago.

Increasing concern over energy efficiency comes at a time when energy costs are on the rise. According to the Washington Post, energy prices surged 17.4 percent in 2007 as the result of increased oil prices. A 2008 report by The Consumer Price Index reveals energy costs rose four percent in July of this year alone.

"The goal of the summit is to provide the resources for businesses to begin implementing energy conservation plans," said Lebert. "We've assembled a comprehensive team of energy experts to guide business leaders through the process."

Admission to the expo is $65 per person. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. To register or for more information, contact Amy Orsini at aorsini@HartfordBusiness.com or 860.236.9998.

The 2008 Business Energy Summit is sponsored by: SUEZ Energy Resources NA (signature sponsor), Tradition Energy, McCarter & English, LLP Attorneys at Law, EMCOR Services New England Mechanical and Graybar.

About Hartford Business Journal:
Hartford Business Journal is the only audited weekly, subscription-based business publication in Connecticut. Whether it's market trends, the latest merger news or an update on state government, this award-winning weekly is the "must read" for area business leaders. Hartford Business Journal has a total readership of 25,000 affluent and educated business decision makers in the 61 towns that make up Metro Hartford. For more information, please visit http://www.hartfordbusiness.com or call 860.236.9998.

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