National Grid unveils future home of Sustainability Hub
Friday, May 17, 2013
National Grid today unveiled plans for the future home of its Sustainability Hub, a 2,200 square-foot facility centrally located within the company’s smart grid pilot area in Worcester, Mass. The space, located at 912 Main Street, has been donated by Clark University and will connect the community and customers under one roof to provide interactive education about energy efficiency and emerging technologies. It is an integral part of the company’s smart grid pilot – now known as the Smart Energy Solutions Program – for 15,000 customers who choose to participate.
“This facility will be the first of its kind in the state and represents a larger effort by National Grid to modernize its grid with the smart grid pilot program in Worcester”
National Grid’s program, which was developed in partnership with customers, the city of Worcester and other key parties, provides participating customers with a new level of choice and control over their energy use through advanced technology, with the goal of empowering customers to save energy, potentially increasing electric service reliability and improving response to power outages.
Massachusetts Energy Secretary Richard Sullivan, representatives from the city of Worcester, local students and educators, community leaders and vendors joined National Grid to celebrate the extraordinary effort that grew from a community concept focused on developing a local green economy and delivering energy solutions that benefit customers.
"This facility will be the first of its kind in the state and represents a larger effort by National Grid to modernize its grid with the smart grid pilot program in Worcester," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. "The Hub will connect National Grid's customers with the information and tools available to make cost-effective energy decisions in their homes and businesses. I want to applaud all who are participating in this initiative, including the many community partners and vendors that are intent on making this important Pilot work for the people of Worcester."
“The centerpiece of our Smart Energy Solutions Program is to take a listen, test and learn approach while delivering substantive benefits to customers,” said Marcy Reed, president, National Grid in Massachusetts. “Our unique Sustainability Hub is a tangible testament to the dialog we will continue with customers and the community. The Hub literally shows that we are here with customers each day and connected to the community on this program and so much more. We are so proud and appreciative of the creativity, support and generosity of the many that are on this journey with us.”
Source: Business Wire