Albuquerque launches - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  December 19, 2019

Albuquerque launches energy program for local businesses

Local businesses in Albuquerque will soon have access to free training, consultation and resources to improve their energy efficiency under a new program the city is launching in the new year.

Mayor Tim Keller is targeting small to medium-sized businesses in this venture as part of his goal to get the city to reduce its energy consumption by 20% by 2025.

The program will include workshops focusing on three aspects of running an energy-efficient business: building efficiency, transportation efficiency and site efficiency.

“The biggest incentive is saving money,” Sydney Lienemann, CABQ Climate Advisor, told a local news station about the program. “This is a great way to save money on your energy, on your gas bill, on your water bill even, and we’re also really hoping to publicize what these small businesses are doing and show Albuquerque how they can be greener.”

Businesses will have the opportunity to apply for the free program online and will be required to commit to the 20% energy reduction goal to participate. The first 35 small and medium-sized businesses with 7,000 square feet or under of business space to sign up will receive special one-on-one technical assistance while participating.

According to a website for the program, participants will also be required to commit to forming a “green team” to focus on their energy savings plan, develop a 5-year plan for reducing energy use and maintain an account with the EPA Portfolio Manager to track progress.

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