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Rochester, DMC EDA set to kick off energy program

February 15, 2019

Rochester and the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency are launching a new Energy Benchmarking Program to help businesses and building owners to track their energy use and identify potential cost savings.

A kick-off meeting is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday in meeting room C of the Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. SE.

During the 90-minute meeting, potential participants will learn about the benefits of the program, hear from organizations benefiting from benchmarking and discover how to participate in this voluntary program.

“The creation of the benchmarking program is an important first step to help our local businesses identify ways to reduce their operating costs by saving energy,” said Kevin Bright, DMC EDA energy and sustainability director.

The program is designed for commercial and multifamily buildings with 25,000 square feet or more in the city. The goal is to provide ongoing review of energy and water performance in participating buildings to allow owners and occupants to better understand the related expense.

“Working collaboratively with the private sector through this benchmarking program is the type of creative solutions that is needed,” Rochester Mayor Kim Norton said. “This work will help ensure Rochester meets its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals outlined in the city’s adopted Energy Action Plan.”

On April 24, the benchmarking program will host a training session for interested organizations from 8 a.m. to noon at Rochester City Hall. The session will help organizations create and efficiently complete a benchmarking profile, which is the core of participation in the program.