2009 Business Energy Summit: Experts Present Ways to Make Connecticut Businesses Energy Efficient; Also Featuring Energy Innovation & Conservation Awards

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In an effort to help Connecticut businesses become more energy efficient, the Hartford Business Journal will host the Business Energy Summit Friday, September 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Rocky Hill.

In an effort to help Connecticut businesses become more energy efficient, the Hartford Business Journal will host the Business Energy Summit Friday, September 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Rocky Hill.

The summit, sponsored by The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities, will bring together key stakeholders and industry specialists to provide insight and resources 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 have two keynote speakers. The day's morning keynote speaker will be Ted Sergi, Founding Executive Director of the Connecticut Science Center, and lunchtime keynote speaker will be Jim Robb, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Planning & Development, Northeast Utilities.

"In our fourth year with the summit, we look forward to educating Connecticut businesses on how to better handle energy use and cost," said Gail Lebert, publisher of the Hartford Business Journal. "Attendees will walk away with actionable items, knowing better ways to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively."

According to a 2008 study released by the federal Small Business Administration, the impact of energy costs is significantly more pronounced for small businesses than for large firms. On average, the study found that in the commercial sector energy costs for small businesses are nearly triple that of large firms.

"Small and medium sized businesses make up much of Connecticut's economy and we need to address their need for lowering energy costs," Lebert said.

The summit will also include awards given to businesses leading the way in energy innovation and conservation.

Admission to the summit is $65 per person/$600 for a table of ten (starting September 11, $75/700). To register, or for more information, contact Amy Orsini at 860.236.9998, ext. 34, or register online at http://www.hartfordbusiness.com.

Sponsors of the Business Energy Summit include: Connecticut Light & Power (presenting sponsor); Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund; Glacial Energy; Filomeno & Company; McCarter & English (event sponsors). Event partners include: Marriott, Rocky Hill; Affordable Signs & Designs; Rider Productions; J. Fiereck Photography; Via Panera Catering; Co-Communications, Marketing & Public Relations.

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.

About Connecticut Light and Power
The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) has been part of everyday life in Connecticut for more than 100 years, providing safe and reliable electric service to homes, neighborhoods and businesses. With 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is an active member in the communities it serves, offering programs in energy efficiency, economic development and environmental stewardship. CL&P is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit http://www.cl-p.com.

CL&P is part of the Northeast Utilities system, the largest electric utility in New England. CL&P provides a wide range of innovative products and energy efficiency services designed to save energy, money and the environment. The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) and The United Illuminating Company (UI) administer the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund programs, providing energy-efficiency expertise and financial incentives to help their customers reduce the amount of energy used in their homes and businesses. For energy-saving information, call 1-877-WISE-USE (947-3783) or visit http://www.CTEnergyInfo.com .

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