Commercial, Demand Management, Energy Efficiency, Utilities - March 8, 2017
Dunkin' recognized for energy management program
Dunkin' Brands Group Inc., the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, has been recognized by the Association of Energy Services Professionals for its creation of an energy management program in partnership with its utilities.
The Dunkin' Brands Energy Management Program was developed by the company alongside National Grid and Eversource Energy to develop streamlined processes to engage Dunkin Donuts franchise owners in investing in energy efficiency. The program received that AESP 2017 Energy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Residential Program Design and Implementation.
According to a March 6 news release announcing the recognition of the program, Dunkin' Brands and the utilities structured the program to provide a simple path, generous incentives and financing for franchisees opting into the program to implement these upgrades. The energy management program addressed whole building energy savings, while providing insight into building operations and system controls to reduce overall operating costs and encourage investments to pursue energy efficiency.
The optional program applies to participating franchisees' restaurants both within National Grid and Eversource's Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island service territories.
"Dunkin' Brands is committed to supporting our franchisees' initiatives towards reducing energy usage and adopting sustainable approaches whenever possible," Kate Jaspon, vice president of finance and treasury, said in a statement. "Through our collaboration with National Grid and Eversource, we have developed an innovative program that provides our franchisees an effective process for investing in energy efficiency in ways that can create more sustainable restaurants while maintaining store profitability. We are honored that the result of our partnership has been recognized by AESP, a leading association in energy efficiency and management."
Founded in 1989, AESP is a member-based association dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, energy management and distributed renewable resources. AESP provides professional development programs, a network of energy practitioners, and promotes the transfer of knowledge and experience.