The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce -- in partnership with the City of Gloucester, National Grid, and Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy -- launched a new energy-saving initiative last month; and several news outlets took notice.
Cape Ann Saves Energy (CASE) will help local businesses take advantage of free energy assessments performed by Energy Source, as well as incentives and financing for upgrades (for up to 70 percent) from the utility giant, National Grid.
"CASE is here to be a resource for local small business owners and help them take advantage of the great energy saving programs and rebates of National Grid," CEO Ken Riehl said.
"By cutting down on energy usage, local small businesses may see a reduction in their energy bills and reinvest their money into running a successful business," he added.
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is the second local chamber in MA to launch a program that increases the participation of member businesses in cost-saving energy efficiency measures.
The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber has helped more than 300 area businesses receive more than $3 million in incentives to fund energy-saving upgrades through their pioneering Newton Needham Business Energy $avers Program. It was recognized for its efforts by Gov. Baker in 2017 and will be by several policymakers at the Statehouse next month.
"When we read about Governor Baker's support of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber Energy Program, we knew we had to take action," said Gregg Cademartori, Planning Director for the City of Gloucester. "So we partnered with the Chamber and contacted CICE that day," he added.
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Pictured above from left to right: Sal Di Stefano - Economic Development Director for the City of Gloucester, Peter Webber- Senior VP at the Chamber, Brendhan Zubricki - Essex Town Administrator, Rich Hanlon - COO for Energy Source, Jessica Bergman - Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, Eric Stallings - Manchester-by-the-Sea Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, Patricia Slade - President of the Chamber Board, Tara Rowe - Energy Source, Sefatia Romeo Theken - Mayor of Gloucester, Kyle Blanchard - Energy Source , Ken Riehl - CEO Chamber , Alyssa Dupont - National Grid Small Business Manager and Jesse DeBenedictis - CASE Chamber Volunteer.