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Energy efficiency program targets small businesses

Rochester Business Journal
May 27, 2010

Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. is launching an energy efficiency program for small business customers with electricity demands of less than 100 kilowatts, the company announced this week.

Eligible businesses can receive free energy efficient lighting assessments, and 70 percent of the cost of recommended upgrades will be covered by RG&E, company officials said.

New York State Electric & Gas Corp. also is participating in the program.

Upgrades can include replacing fluorescent fixtures with higher-efficiency lamps and ballasts, changing incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lights, and changing exit signs to light emitting diode technology, officials said.

“Upgrading to high-efficiency lighting will help small businesses reduce their energy bills right away,” RG&E and NYSEG president Mark Lynch said in a statement.

“In addition to the reduced costs,” he added, “participants will enhance their business’ appearance and have the opportunity to promote their energy-efficiency efforts to their customers.”

The launch of the program will be staggered through August 2011, officials said. Rochester is among the initial locations.

Details are available at and at

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