Hagerstown workshop aims to show customers how to conserve energy, cut costs

June 13, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Edward Holier of McShea Management, Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md., left, gets a description of LED technology from Daystar Lighting Solutions CEO Stan Barrett Thursday at the 2013 Potomac Edison Customer Workshop and Trade Ally Seminar at the Ramada Plaza in Hagerstown.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Area business people learned how to conserve energy and reduce costs Thursday at the 2013 Potomac Edison Customer Workshop and Trade Ally Seminar at the Ramada Plaza in Hagerstown.

Representatives of Potomac Edison’s Energy Efficiency Incentive Program talked about how businesses that are customers of the utility company can take advantage of energy-efficiency incentives.

“This is a way to allow some of our customers to come in and get a nice overview of the platform of programs that we offer under the EmPOWER Maryland programs,” said Lucas Cade, program manger for the Potomac Edison Energy Efficiency Program. “There’s a variety of programs that we offer to basically allow the customers to implement lower cost measures.”

EmPOWER Maryland is an initiative enacted by the state to reduce consumption by encouraging residents to adopt energy-saving measures and take advantage of the five utilities in the state offering programs to save money, according to the Maryland Energy Administration website at


Cade said that lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, and refrigeration components are all part of the program.

“Under the mandate for the EmPOWER Maryland legislation, all the utilities have to do this,” he said. “It certainly can reduce our customers’ cost of doing business on a day-to-day basis.”

The event was conducted by Science Applications International Corp. Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure LLC, which implements the programs provided by Potomac Edison on the commercial and industrial side.

SAIC representatives educated the audience how to get incentives through the program, and how it works to help them save energy.

Richard A. DiIoia, manager of the SAIC Energy Efficiency Program, described how businesses can save energy and money through the program.

“The beauty of the program is that it helps the grid, reduces the grid-load, reduces the maintenance the utilities have to do on the grid, and while doing that, it actually creates an economy,” he said. “If everybody responds to the program, it’s kind of the gift that keeps on giving.”

Guest speakers from various energy companies also set up booths at the events, including General Electric, CTRL Systems Inc. and GreenerVolts.

Alex Canizales, chief executive officer of GreenerVolts, an energy-efficiency lighting company specializing in LED solutions, said that the company encourages people to take advantage of Potomac Edison’s rebates through the program.

“About 40 percent of a typical commercial entity’s utility bill is attributable to lighting,” he said, citing figures from the U.S. Department of Energy. “If we can reduce the energy consumption that’s attributable to lighting, we can significantly reduce their power utility bills as well.”

Companies can reduce energy consumption significantly by paying attention to areas such as outdoor lighting, Canizales said.

“A lot of commercial clients don’t realize on a day-to-day basis how much energy is being consumed by their lights,” he said. “It’s quite significant, so we’re here to meet some people, talk about ways they can reduce their energy consumption, and support Potomac Edison and their efforts to educate folks about the rebate programs.”

The seminar was held in Frederick Tuesday and will be at the Holiday Inn in Cumberland on June 18. 

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