CCAT Announces State’s Energy Assessment Program to Benefit Farmington Businesses

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Starting February 4, the Office of Energy Efficient Businesses, administered by CCAT, is offering free assessments to help business owners cut energy costs.

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This is a free, consultative service to help businesses get the resources they need. This program will help small businesses save money and be more competitive.

The Connecticut Office of Energy Efficient Businesses (OEEB), administered by Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), is coming to the town of Farmington starting February 4, 2015. OEEB’s 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 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 how to read an electric or natural gas bill, choosing electricity suppliers, financing and referrals for funding.

Town Manager Kathleen A. Eagen supports energy efficiency as a way to help businesses cut their energy and operating costs. “This is a free, consultative service to help businesses get the resources they need. This program will help small businesses save money and be more competitive,” commented Kathleen Eagen.

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@ccat.us. OEEB also has websites in English and Spanish. Business owners and homeowners looking to reduce their energy costs can go to http://www.energizeCT.com or call 1-877-WISE USE (947-3873).

ABOUT CCAT and OEEB
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a nonprofit economic development organization headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., is a leader and go-to resource for strengthening competitiveness and high-tech business development in the state, region and nation. CCAT focuses on three core areas: technology, efficiencies and workforce development, with expertise in manufacturing technology, education and workforce strategies, IT, and energy solutions. Through the synergy of its experienced teams, advanced technologies and extensive partnerships, CCAT provides manufacturers, educators, government, nonprofits and entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to tackle economic challenges, compete and succeed.

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

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