The Sponsors of Mass Save® Earn National Recognition For Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency ProgramJanuary 16, 2019
THE SPONSORS OF MASS SAVE® EARN NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM
ACEEE’s fourth national review celebrates industry leaders
WALTHAM, Mass. (January 16, 2019) – The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today announced that Mass Save® has received an Exemplary Energy Efficiency Program award for its Commercial and Industrial Water Heater Initiative in Massachusetts. The program is provided by the Mass Save® Sponsors, which include Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas Company, Cape Light Compact, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil.
ACEEE’s national review evaluates utilities across the country and recognizes exemplary programs for direct customer energy savings, cost effectiveness, market impacts, customer service, innovation, and transferability/replicability and expansion potential.
“On behalf of all the Mass Save sponsors, we are honored to be recognized by ACEEE for our Commercial and Industrial Water Heater Initiative, which makes it easier for our customers to access the energy-saving equipment they need, when they need it,” said National Grid SVP and Chief Customer Officer Terry Sobolewski.
“By partnering directly with distributors across Massachusetts, we are also supporting energy efficiency jobs in the commonwealth, now estimated at nearly 85,000,” said Eversource SVP and Chief Customer Officer Penni Conner.
The Commercial and Industrial Water Heater Initiative was recognized for its effectiveness in expanding the market acceptance of high efficiency natural gas equipment. Distributors are able to sell a variety of hot water heaters with the Mass Save discount already factored into the price, instead of offering a post-purchase rebate. This encourages the distributors to keep the equipment in-stock and readily available for commercial customers.
This exemplary program also includes education and outreach to distributors on the equipment benefits, including energy cost savings and reliability. In the first two and a half years of the initiative, 40 water heater distributors were enrolled, more than 3,000 customers were reached, and more than 3.3 million gross annual therms of natural gas was saved – outperforming similar programs across the United States by more than 2,000 percent.
One business that benefited from the program is Capco Energy Supply, Inc., a wholesale distributor of energy equipment located in Woburn. “This program got us into the game for selling high efficiency water heaters,” said Lee Cook, Chief Operation Officer and Owner of Capco.
For more information on the Mass Save® Commercial and Industrial Water Heater Initiative and additional energy efficiency solutions, please visit MassSave.com.
For more information on ACEEE’s Exemplary Energy Efficiency Program awards, please visit ACEEE.org.
About Mass Save®:
Mass Save is a collaborative of Massachusetts’ natural gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, including Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas Company, Cape Light Compact, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil. We empower residents, businesses, and communities to make energy efficient upgrades by offering a wide range of services, rebates, incentives, trainings, and information.