Chautauqua County IDA hosts energy workshop

By LIZ SKOCZYLAS

OBSERVER Mayville Bureau

There are many options for small businesses when it comes to saving money on energy expenses.

That was the message from the Lunch and Learn Energy Workshop. The workshop was hosted by the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, and held at the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.

The luncheon was attended by small business representatives and nonprofit organizations from throughout the area who were there to learn the best ways to save energy.

“My experience with small business in particular is, you’re working so hard to do what you have got to do for yourselves, your family, the team that requires your solid efforts every day, that you very rarely have the opportunity to invest in yourself,” said Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards. “I’m proud that the county can have a role in this.”

The lunch portion of the workshop was provided by Elegant Edibles. The educational portion was offered by representatives from the New York state Energy Research and Development Agency; Jamestown Board of Public Utilities; National Grid; National Fuel; and Clean Cities of Western New York.

“We’re just trying to get the word out to the general public, residences, businesses and industry, for ways they can save money and make themselves more competitive and green at the same time,” said Richard Dixon, CCIDA chief financial officer.

Each speaker reviewed ways to help customers save money. Some used case studies as examples of what can be done. Additionally, many encouraged participating in an energy audit, which can be done for little to no cost to customers with the help of representatives.

“The IDA worked very closely with Larry Simpson, who put up the renewchautauquacounty.org website,” Dixon said. “Chautauqua County itself was a grant recipient from NYSERDA to help spread the word, so the IDA helped facilitate that with the county to get that grant so that we can do sessions like this, not only in Chautauqua County, but we’ve actually helped some of the surrounding counties do it as well.”

The CCIDA is also planning its sixth annual Energy Conference and Expo. It will be held on Nov. 1 and 2 at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville. Additional information about the expo will be available at a later date.