Efficiency Vermont, Regional Development Corps. team up to give struggling businesses a boost 

Winooski, VT

Sept. 7, 2021 – Winooski, VT – Efficiency Vermont is working with the state’s 12 regional development corporations (RDCs) to entice businesses to move ahead with planned energy efficiency upgrades that may be delayed due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Efficiency Vermont has earmarked $1 million, in addition to existing incentives, for projects that will lower energy costs for struggling businesses, and help the state meet its energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals. 

“Many of the businesses we serve have struggled to thrive amid supply chain disruptions, staffing shortages, and production cutbacks tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and other market pressures,” said Fred Kenney, Executive Director, Addison County Economic Development Corporation and President, RDCs of VT. “By partnering with Efficiency Vermont, the Regional Development Corporations can bring much-needed financial and technical support to key businesses in our regions. We are excited to help seek out businesses that might ordinarily not think to reach out to Efficiency Vermont, so they can benefit from this program.” 

The new, limited-time program will cover 90 percent of project costs, up to $40,000 per project, compared with 10-50 percent coverage for traditional incentives. Exceptions to the limit may be made on a case-by-case basis depending on the project need. The goal is to identify at least 1-2 projects in each of the state’s 12 development regions.  

“Energy efficiency projects can help businesses reduce operating costs, which in turn increases the economic vitality and resilience of our communities,” said Joan Goldstein, Commissioner of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. “Programs like these will provide much needed relief for businesses at the center of our economy.” 

“We know that many of our business customers have struggled through challenges brought on by the pandemic, and we are eager to help those most impacted take steps that could deliver long-term savings that make our regional businesses more viable and resilient,” said Dave Corliss, Efficiency Vermont’s Director of Customer Engagement. “These incentive levels are unprecedented, to match the challenges businesses face, and will only be available for a limited time.” 

Projects could include upgrades to lighting, HVAC, compressed air, refrigeration, or other energy-intensive systems that businesses rely on. Engineering studies to assess potential savings opportunities are also eligible for funding. Projects must be completed this year to receive incentives, which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis through an application process. 

Interested business can learn more about the program by contacting their local RDC, or online. They may also email questions to info@efficiencyvermont.com.  

About Efficiency Vermont

As the nation’s first Energy Efficiency Utility, Efficiency Vermont has helped Vermont avoid over 12 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program for sustained excellence award for the last six consecutive years. Efficiency Vermont works with partners to help our state transition to a more affordable, low carbon energy future through education, incentives, and support for our clean energy workforce. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at (888) 921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com.

About Vermont Regional Development Corporations 

The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, through its Department of Economic Development, provides administrative funding to our twelve Regional Development Corporations (RDCs) serving every geographic region of the state. These organizations serve as “satellites” of the Department, and they provide local knowledge and facilitate assistance in their communities. For more information, visit accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/resources/rdc. 

Efficiency Vermont
Jeff Buell
Phone: (802) 540-7662
jbuell@veic.org