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by Tracy Will
Wed, Aug 18th 2010 08:30 am


Back in June we told you about National Grid's announcement of their new Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs at their 2010 Energy Efficiency Expo.  We focused primarily on their Large Business Programs, but CIR has also been working with Lime Energy, the Regional Program Administrator for National Grid's Small Business Programs in Western New York.

National Grid's Small Business Services Program offers incentives of up to 70 percent of total project costs for lighting upgrades, lighting controls, refrigeration and custom energy-efficiency measures for their business customers that have an average demand use of less than 100 kilowatts (kW) and pay the System Benefit Charge on their utility bill.  In addition to incentives, small business customers have the option of financing their portion of the installation and equipment costs interest free for up to 24 months on their monthly electric bill.

Under their National Grid contract, Lime Energy's Energy Consulting and Technical Services group provides program management and implementation services based out of their Depew office.  As Program Administrator, Lime provides customers with a free energy audit of their facility's lighting equipment and recommendations for energy-efficiency improvements available under the program.  When customers decide to implement the recommended measures, Lime provides project coordination, completes the necessary paperwork, supplies the materials and equipment and hires a contractor to provide construction/installation services.  That's where CIR comes in.

Over the last few months, CIR Project Manager, Amy Clifford, has completed several lighting upgrade projects for Lime Energy under the Small Business Services Program.  Most of the work has involved replacing old, inefficient metal halide high- and low- bay fixtures with high-efficiency fluorescent light fixtures, but we've also replaced High Pressure Sodium wall packs with new fluorescent fixtures and retrofitted fixtures with increased efficiency lamps and ballasts.  These lighting upgrade projects include the Kaleida Health Parking Ramps at Women and Children's and Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospitals, the Village Hall and Department of Public Works Garage in the Village of Williamsville, the manufacturing facility at KDM Die and several auto repair and service shops.

Amy's been working closely with Mike Geyer, Construction Manager at Lime Energy's local Energy Consulting and Technical Services office to coordinate our electrical installation services with the arrival of their materials to ensure that work is performed in a timely manner with minimal inconvenience to the customer.  Under this program National Grid requires that all work be completed within a month's time, making close project management and coordination that much more important.  We're proud to say that we've always met the challenge!

Amy says that National Grid's new incentive programs are very popular and have created great opportunities for both their business customers and for energy related service companies like Lime and CIR who are serving them.  It's really a win-win situation.  Incentives bring energy-efficiency upgrades within reach for many business customers who will see a savings of up to 30 percent on their energy bills, CIR and Lime are getting the business, and National Grid is closing the gap between increasing electricity demand and current production capacity, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their associated environmental impacts.


About National Grid

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

About Lime Energy Co.

Lime Energy is a leading provider of integrated energy engineering, consulting and implementation solutions specializing in improving the energy efficiency of our clients' facilities, reducing their operating costs and carbon emissions.  We focus on two specific markets: the commercial and industrial market, including utilities, and the public sector market, working primarily with energy service companies ("ESCOs").  Our clients include commercial and industrial businesses, property owners and managers, utilities, and ESCOs serving U.S. government and educational institutions.  We focus on deploying solutions to reduce the energy-related expenditures of our client's facilities and the impact of their energy use on the environment, including energy efficient lighting upgrades, energy efficiency mechanical and electrical retrofit and upgrade services, water conservation, weatherization and renewable project development and implementation.  We provide energy efficiency solutions across all of our clients' facilities, ranging from high-rise office buildings to manufacturing plants, retail sites, mixed use complexes and large, government sites to small, local facilities.  The company's stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol LIME. Additional information is available at the company's website at or by calling 847-437-1666.

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