Derby Businesses to Benefit from State’s Energy Assessments

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Office of Energy Efficient Businesses provides assessments to help business owners cut energy costs.

"OEEB will begin visiting businesses in Derby starting May 13. This is a free, consultative service to businesses to help them get the resources they need to save money and be more competitive." -- Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto

The Connecticut Office of Energy Efficient Businesses (OEEB) is coming to the City of Derby. Starting May 13, OEEB’s engineers and analysts will meet with businesses to identify energy cost savings from energy efficiency work, energy procurement, fuel switching, and use of renewables.

OEEB, a state energy efficiency program, provides services to local businesses and communities through door-to-door outreach. “We are approaching small to medium-sized businesses and industrial facilities to provide guidance and information that support intelligent business decisions,” said Joel M. Rinebold, director of energy initiatives for the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT), which oversees OEEB.

According to Rinebold, some of the work may be referred to utility programs that have funding and incentives. “Many of these smaller businesses do not have the resources to identify and take advantage of all the energy efficiency programs the state offers to reduce energy consumption and, ultimately, save money. This is where our door-to-door direct outreach can help businesses,” he commented.

Included in an assessment, OEEB examines a business owner’s energy bills to determine whether their business can obtain a more favorable rate for natural gas and/or electric generation service, analyzes fuel switching opportunities, and identifies financially attractive renewable energy technologies. OEEB will also be able to provide education on reading your bill, choosing electricity suppliers, financing and referrals for funding.

Derby’s Mayor Anita Dugatto supports energy efficiency as a way to help businesses cut their energy and operating costs. “OEEB will begin visiting businesses in Derby starting May 13. This is a free, consultative service to businesses to help them get the resources they need to save money and be more competitive,” stated Mayor Dugatto.

Businesses eligible for this state-funded program range from small grocery and retail stores, barber shops, and beauty salons to restaurants and small offices. OEEB’s services can assist small business owners by generating savings in their energy usage and bills typically within a one to five-year time frame, which impacts overall profitability.

Business owners can contact OEEB to schedule an assessment at 860-291-8832 or oeeb(at)ccat(dot)us. OEEB also has web sites in English and Spanish. Business owners and homeowners looking to reduce their energy costs can check out or call 1-877-WISE USE (947-3873).

About CCAT and OEEB
The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a unique economic development organization headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., leads partnerships between industry, academia and government, creating a collaborative framework for tackling today’s economic challenges. CCAT combines expertise in cutting-edge manufacturing and information technology with specialized centers of excellence in education and workforce development and alternative energy solutions to help organizations increase efficiencies, compete and succeed.

Funded by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the OEEB program is administered by CCAT.

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