AVANGRID Wins National Energy Efficiency Award

Ralph Greco and Amanda Gill from our Small Business Energy Advantage program.

Ralph Greco and Amanda Gill from our Small Business Energy Advantage program.

AVANGRID’s Small Business Energy Advantage (SBEA) program, which serves the United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas, and Connecticut Natural Gas service territories in Connecticut, has been recognized by a national energy efficiency advocacy group as an “Exemplary Program.”

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) praised the SBEA program for its “innovation and effectiveness.” The ACEEE acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. It often recognizes utilities and energy companies for energy-saving initiatives.

ACEEE recognized the SBEA program for its efforts in 2017. SBEA, formed in 2000, provides turnkey energy efficiency services to small businesses within our Connecticut service territories. The program administers an approved budget from the Conservation and Load Management Plan - approved by the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Here’s how it works. Lets use a restaurant as an example:

SBEA sends an approved contractor/vendor to the restaurant to conduct a no-obligation energy assessment, identifying energy-saving retrofit measures. That could include refrigeration system controls, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades, high efficiency lighting solutions like LEDs, and more.

The more comprehensive the project, the greater the incentive dollars the customer is eligible for. SBEA also offers financing from $500 to $100,000 at 0% interest for up to four years. It’s up to the customer to sign on the dotted line, but for many, it is a no-brainer. The contractor completes the work and the restaurant realizes lower energy costs.

The SBEA program realizes annual energy savings on average of 8,847 MW for all of its projects. SBEA funded 366 projects in 2017 and 215 projects in 2018.

“It’s the collaboration of us and our vendors that really makes this so successful,” said UIL’s Amanda Gill, the SBEA program administrator.

Gill said the SBEA group is proud to support AVANGRID’s energy efficiency efforts.

“We've been involved in sustainability for a long time,” said Ralph Greco, UIL Senior Marketing Representative who has worked with the SBEA program since it was started in 2000.

Learn more about the SBEA program by visiting the UI website.