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Alex Sherman

Alex Sherman

Clean Energy Fellow Department of Energy Resources

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Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce President Joe Bevilacqua is excited about what energy efficiency can do for industry and commerce in his region. He has made it the Chamber’s mission to help businesses understand that there is opportunity out there if you know how to look for it.

 

The Chamber tapped one of its Lawrence neighbors – veteran-founded clean energy company Nexamp, Inc. – to help locate that opportunity. Joe knows Nexamp and trusts their work, and now he’s leveraging that trust into the Clean Energy Partnership – one of the most exciting initiatives in the Department of Energy Resources’ High Performance Buildings Program.

 

Using $500,000 in stimulus money, Joe and the Chamber will search their membership for commercial and industrial sector members that meet a diverse range of profiles; large manufacturing plants, small operations, mid-size offices, property management businesses, retail stores, etc. Nexamp will then provide each business with a Clean Energy Road Map, proprietary software that will help analyze a particular building’s energy use. Then Nexamp will determine what can be done to reduce costs, and how fast the business will recoup the investment needed to lower their consumption. Finally, Nexamp will provide turn-key energy services and project management to these companies as they move through whatever retrofit they opt to implement.

 

The partnership is critical in a number of different ways – including the networks it is creating. In the business world, networking is everything – businesses listen to each other and to those that advocate on their behalf. Case in point: as the Chamber steers businesses towards Nexamp, and those businesses cut their costs, they’ll act as energy efficiency case studies for other businesses – multiplying the impact of the Clean Energy Partnership many times over. The jobs and energy savings that could be created by this partnership is potentially huge. We’ll keep you updated on the Chamber’s progress, but, in the meantime, check out their website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As Deputy Director of DOER's Green Communities Division, Lisa helps lead a team devoted to working with Massachusetts cities and towns to realize environmental and cost benefits of municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to joining DOER, Lisa worked in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs from 2007 to 2012, first as Press Secretary and then as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs. Her previous communications and public relations experience includes both government and the private sector, where, as principal of upWrite Communications, she served clients such as The Trustees of Reservations, The Nature Conservancy, and Partners Health Care/North Shore Medical Center. She began her career as a journalist, covering Beacon Hill for the State House News Service, and later wrote for a variety of other publications including The Boston Globe, Teacher Magazine, Animals Magazine, and The Gulf of Maine Times. The author of two books, Lisa serves on the board of the Saugus River Watershed Council and resides with her family in Melrose.

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