Hannaford Supermarkets Named a 2016 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency

Burlington, , VT

Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) has chosen Hannaford Supermarkets as a 2016 Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency for its efforts to foster the economy and protect the environment via its commitment to energy efficiency.  Hannaford is the award recipient for Vermont.

The six organizations named as this year’s Business Leaders, including Hannaford Supermarkets, will be recognized at NEEP Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire June 13-14, 2016.

Nominated by Vermont’s energy efficiency utility, Efficiency Vermont, the grocer is being honored for its continued efforts to advance energy efficiency in its operations throughout Vermont, which has resulted in annual energy savings of over 3.2 million kWh, and annual cost savings of $400,000.

The Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency recognition program highlights the accomplishments of organizations that are participating in energy efficiency programs across the region. Hannaford Supermarkets was selected for recognition based on its ability to:

  • Achieve multi-year results of energy savings through investment in cost efficient measures;
  • Address comprehensive changes in major energy systems such as lighting, HVAC, building envelope, office equipment and industrial processes, with a focus on strategic energy management;
  • Continue improvements in energy performance through corporate efficiency and sustainability plans;
  • Demonstrate leadership to advance energy efficiency within industry, the community, and with policy makers; and
  • Collaborate with state energy efficiency programs.

In Vermont, Hannaford has completed a total of 36 energy efficiency projects since 2012. They’ve included the installation of energy efficient lighting and lighting controls, nighttime covers for refrigerated cases, doors to enclose open refrigerated cases, LED lighting and occupancy sensors, as well as adding heat recovery equipment to the refrigeration system to heat stores, efficient deli wrap units, and efficient evaporator motors on refrigeration systems.

Efficiency Vermont has worked closely with Hannaford staff for the past four years to assist with upgrades to all 17 of its stores in the state. By providing technical assistance, financial incentives, metering and savings calculations, and custom analysis for efficiency measures, Efficiency Vermont has helped Hannaford Supermarkets achieve their energy-savings goals. 

"Working to make Hannaford stores in Vermont more energy efficient is an important part of our company's overall commitment to sustainability," said Ben Theriault, Hannaford's Director of Operations for Vermont.  "We see these improvements, completed in partnership with Efficiency Vermont, as more than investments in the future of our business.  These projects are investments in the environment and in keeping Vermont a wonderful place to live and work."

"Hannaford Supermarkets has been hugely successful in their commitment to reduce energy consumption in their Vermont stores,” said Cathy Reynolds, Senior Account Manager at Efficiency Vermont. “Not only have their efforts led to dramatic cost savings, they have also improved the look and feel of each store, creating a more enjoyable experience for their customers. I am so pleased to see them receive this well-deserved recognition.”

“NEEP is proud to recognize Hannaford Supermarkets for their success and commitment to energy efficiency,” said Sue Coakley, Executive Director of NEEP. “Hannaford Supermarkets provides an excellent example of how energy efficient measures can improve a company’s bottom line, contribute to economic growth and reduce environmental impact.”


Alayna Howard

Communications Manager, Efficiency Vermont


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Eric Blom

External Communications Manager, Hannaford Supermarkets


Lisa Cascio

Public Relations Manager, NEEP

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About Efficiency Vermont

As the nation’s first Energy Efficiency Utility, Efficiency Vermont has helped Vermont avoid over 13.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award for the last eight consecutive years. Efficiency Vermont works with partners to help our state transition to more affordable, low carbon energy use through education, incentives, and support for our clean energy workforce. Learn more at www.efficiencyvermont.com.

About Hannaford Supermarkets

Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 189 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.

About NEEP

NEEP was founded in 1996 as a non-profit whose mission is to bring together regional stakeholders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic with expertise, leveraged resources, and best practices to accelerate energy efficiency in homes, buildings, and industry in order to keep the region a national efficiency leader. For more information, visit www.neep.org.  

Efficiency Vermont Press Contact
Matthew Smith
Phone: (802) 540-7662
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