Eversource and National Grid Recognized for Initiatives to Protect Health & Safety of Customers and Contractors during COVID-19November 17, 2020
Eversource and National Grid Recognized for Initiatives to Protect Health & Safety of Customers and Contractors during COVID-19
WALTHAM, MA. (November 17, 2020) – Eversource and National Grid, two of the seven electric and natural gas utilities and energy efficiency service providers that collaborate under the Mass brand, have been selected to receive the “On-Premise Project Construction and Installation” award as part of the Northeast Clean Energy Council’s (NECEC) Clean Energy Back to Work Challenge. The two companies are being recognized for their leadership of efforts to develop COVID-19 health and safety guidelines specific to energy efficiency work.
Eversource and National Grid brought together utilities across Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, and engaged Environmental Health & Engineering, a health and safety consulting firm, as well as energy efficiency contractors and community organizations to develop these guidelines. The guidelines include personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing and sanitizing requirements in line with the latest recommendations for reducing the spread of COVID-19 and take into account the unique scenarios contractors may find themselves in during the course of installing energy efficiency upgrades in customer homes and businesses.
“Keeping contractors and customers safe and healthy has always been and will continue to be our top priority,” said Tilak Subrahmanian, Vice President of Energy Efficiency at Eversource. “During such uncertain times we wanted both customers and contractors to feel as safe and as confident in our guidelines as possible, which for us meant working together with fellow energy service providers and utilities, community stakeholders and energy efficiency contractors themselves to design health and safety guidelines that were both comprehensive and effective for our unique circumstances.”
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, both Eversource and National Grid temporarily suspended in-home and on-site energy efficiency services to protect the safety of customers and contractors until it was determined that such services could be completed safely. The health and safety guidelines developed allowed such work to resume safely, putting contractors back to work in the field, helping customers save more money on their energy costs, and keeping the region on track to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals. The guidelines were adopted by utilities and energy efficiency program administrators in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, providing consistency for contractors that work throughout the region.
“It was a collaborative, thoughtful and intentional effort to protect contractors and customers from the spread of the virus,” said John Isberg, Interim SVP, Chief Customer Officer at National Grid. “At the same time, we also tried to be cognizant of the difficult and unprecedented economic climate so many community members unexpectedly found themselves in. We wanted to do what we could to keep contractors working and simultaneously provide both incentives and energy-saving solutions to customers who were now spending more time than ever at home.”
NECEC, a business association of clean energy stakeholders dedicated to growing the region’s clean energy economy, created the Clean Energy Back to Work Challenge initiative as a way to recognize innovative projects from clean energy organizations that successfully adapted their business practices following the onset of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The winning projects were selected by a panel of representatives from NECEC’s member organizations and announced during a virtual award ceremony held on Thursday, November 12.
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