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National Grid and NYSERDA To Host Upstate New York Energy Expo for Business Customers
NATIONAL GRID AND NYSERDA TO HOST UPSTATE NEW YORK ENERGY EXPO FOR BUSINESS CUSTOMERS

Over 600 commercial, industrial and municipal customers from Syracuse, Oswego, Cortland, the Mohawk Valley and Northern New York slated to attend

Syracuse, N.Y., Mar. 30, 2010 – More than 600 local commercial, industrial and municipal energy users are slated to learn more about energy efficiency at the Upstate Energy Expo, sponsored by National Grid and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The free event will be held at the Turning Stone Resort & Conference Center on Tuesday, March 30. Attendees will receive expert advice in nearly all aspects of energy use, with a specific focus on proven ways to reduce operating costs through the efficient use of electricity and natural gas.

The National Grid/NYSERDA Upstate Energy Expo will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration and features Thomas Congdon, New York State Deputy Secretary for Energy and Al Halvorsen, Director of Environmental Sustainability for Frito-Lay North America, as keynote speakers. Throughout the day, participants will benefit from the presence of nearly 70 vendors who supply a wide range of energy-saving products and services. Expert-led break-out sessions will provide larger businesses and municipalities with an in-depth look and training on HVAC, lighting, building controls, motors and drives, steam, compressed air, and other building systems. Smaller customers will benefit from expert presentations appropriately geared towards building system energy efficiency.

Susan M. Crossett, National Grid Vice President of Economic Development, said the Upstate New York Energy Expo was organized at the urging of local business owners who expressed an interest in energy efficiency techniques and products.

"After we hosted a similar energy efficiency conference last year, our business customers across the board requested that we organize a new event for 2010," Crossett said. “National Grid is committed to assisting our customers – both large and small – in reducing their carbon foot prints and saving money by wisely managing their energy usage. The Upstate New York Energy Expo is an excellent opportunity to bring local business owners together with energy efficiency experts and product vendors. This way, we can all work together through the power of action to make a collective impact."

Francis J. Murray, President and CEO of NYSERDA, said the Energy Expo is an excellent opportunity for businesses in Upstate New York to learn about the latest energy efficiency technologies.

"NYSERDA’s mission includes helping businesses become both more competitive and more environmentally-friendly by using energy more efficiently," Murray said. "The Upstate New York Expo will be an invaluable opportunity for businesses to learn about the latest developments in the rapidly-changing energy markets and how these technologies can help them reduce their energy costs."

While the Upstate New York Energy Expo is available to local commercial, industrial and municipal customers free of charge, advanced registration with National Grid was required at http://www.shovelready.com/conference/register_Syr_attendee.asp

For business and residential customers interested in learning more about saving energy and about valuable rebates for the installation of energy efficient products, National Grid offers a variety of energy efficiency tips and information on its web site, http://www.powerofaction.com.

NYSERDA’s commercial and industrial sector programs cover commercial establishments, new and existing schools, hospitals, office buildings, government buildings, not-for-profit facilities, and industrial plants. To learn more about the technical and financial assistance available to commercial and industrial customers, visit http://www.nyserda.org.

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.