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Beech-Nut, National Grid work together to improve energy efficency

AMSTERDAM — National Grid is supporting commercial and industrial customers across the state with energy use planning aimed at reducing operating costs and reaching renewable energy targets. Among customers National Grid is working with through its Strategic Energy Management Partnership, or SEMP, is Beech-Nut Nutrition in Amsterdam, which is seeking to lower operating costs and improve operational efficiency.

Beech-Nut also is enrolled in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s On-site Energy Manager program, or OsEM, which subsidizes energy management staff costs for industrial and commercial facilities to hire a dedicated, part-time or full-time on-site energy manager.

By enrolling in SEMP and OsEM, Beech-Nut can reap multiple benefits. NYSERDA’s On-site Energy Manager identifies energy efficiency opportunities, provides energy team development and management, identifies financial incentive and supports the associated documentation required by National Grid, who subsequently provides financial incentives to undertake the energy efficiency projects. 

“This is a great opportunity for National Grid to work with state resources and our customers to improve energy efficiency and reduce overall demand while providing cost-saving opportunities to large customers,” said Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid vice president for customer and community, in a news release.

Beech-Nut initiated participation in both programs earlier this year and has used the contractor engagement On-site Energy Manager model to identify multiple natural gas and electricity use reduction opportunities.

“Together, NYSERDA and National Grid are helping to support Beech-Nut’s Mission ‘To leave future generations with a healthier environment.’ Sustainability efforts such as electric and natural gas reduction and efficiency improvements are a major part of our Mission. These programs have identified thousands of dollars in reduction opportunities and energy cost savings so far, and we look forward to continuing our work to find and address additional efficiency improvement opportunities,” said, Jeff Heiser, VP of Business Support, who is leading Beech-Nut’s Sustainability Program, in the release.

“NYSERDA commends Beech-Nut for demonstrating leadership in combating climate change through their efforts to increase energy efficiency at their facility and reduce electricity and natural gas consumption. As New York works to achieve Governor Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy and climate goals, we need private and public partners to lead the way by actively engaging and investing to improve their energy future,” said NYSERDA President and Acting CEO Doreen M. Harris in the release.

The SEMP initiative provides guidance for:

— Decreased operating costs via energy efficiency.

— Electric vehicle fleet conversion.

— On-site EV charging capability.

— Installing on-site renewable energy use.

— Electric energy storage system deployment.

— Sustainability goal support such as carbon reduction.

— Cost reduction through load shifting and demand response.

As one of the largest energy companies in the northeast, National Grid plays a vital role in connecting millions of people to the energy that they use and rely upon every day.

The company recently released its Net Zero by 2050 Plan, aimed at achieving Net Zero by 2050, including emissions from the delivery of natural gas and electricity to customers.

The plan builds on the company’s Responsible Business Charter, which established National Grid’s commitments to the environment, employees, customers and communities.

In upstate New York, over the past three years, National Grid has spent nearly $15 million on incentives for a variety of energy efficiency projects that have saved nearly 964,000 megawatt hours of electricity and 2.1 million dekatherms of natural gas.

Those who would like to learn more about NYSERDA’s programs or National Grid’s SEMP initiative should contact their National Grid or NYSERDA representatives. NYSERDA’s programs are available to industrial facilities throughout the state, while National Grid’s SEMP initiative is available to large industrial customers across National Grid’s upstate New York service area.

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