HARTFORD — The Connecticut Light & Power is inviting small business owners from greater Hartford to attend a free workshop to learn about ways to reduce their energy expenses.
The event, presented by Operation Fuel, will be from 6 to 7 p.m. on June 26 at Vibz Uptown, at 3155 Main St. in Hartford.
Organizers said the workshop will provide an overview of Operation Fuel’s “Project BEST,” which helps small businesses become more energy efficient while offering financial assistance and incentives for implementing energy-saving changes. The program is funded by grants from the Energize Connecticut initiative and Dominion. A wide range of small businesses are eligible to participate in Project BEST including retail stores, restaurants, professional services, and personal care services. Women-owned and minority-owned businesses, in particular, are encouraged to participate.
“Project BEST offers the greater Hartford small business community a great opportunity to make energy improvements now that will continue to save them money and energy month after month, year after year,” said Pat Wrice, Executive Director of Operation Fuel. “Not only does Project BEST provide a much needed financial resource, we have designed the program to be easy and convenient so that businesses can take action quickly and start to see real energy savings.”
Additionally, CL&P Program Administrator Tim McGrew will present information on energy conservation and utility-run programs available to small businesses, including the Small Business Energy Advantage Program which provides energy audits for small businesses. Guests are will have the opportunity to ask questions following both presentations.
Any business that has not received a commercial energy audit in the past year will be eligible for a $250 credit on their CL&P bill upon completion of the workshop and the audit. Any businesses that attended a Project BEST workshop last year is automatically eligible for the $250 credit upon completion of the energy audit.
Additionally, any business owner choosing to install recommended energy efficiency measures as a result of the audit may be eligible for financial incentives to offset the cost of the upgrades. To qualify for special funding toward their project, the business owner must attend a previous Project BEST workshop and submit a completed application to Operation Fuel.
For more information on Project BEST, please contact Operation Fuel’s Small Business Advocate Beth Auerbach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-243-2345, extension 308.