Range of Utility Incentives for Laboratory Projects

August 16, 2012
1–2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


The energy intensity of laboratories, including pharmaceutical facilities, makes them ideal candidates for efficiency improvements supported by the New England electric and gas utilities. Existing facilities and new construction and renovation projects are candidates for incentives covering up to 75 percent of the cost of the efficiency enhancements. Loans, at interest rates as low as zero percent, are also available for some customers.

During this presentation, participants learned how to work with utilities to identify the virtually limitless types of projects and technologies that qualify for incentives. With these incentives, laboratory markets are discovering opportunities to reduce laboratory utility costs by as much as 20 percent with simple paybacks as low as one year. The funding available has as much as tripled over the past three years, with well over $100 million available in New England for 2012 alone.

Webinar participants learned:

  • How to start a project and what to expect from the utility.
  • How incentives apply to the projects.
  • How much it costs to get involved in utility projects.
  • Where to find opportunities and what facilities are eligible.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Attendees of this course and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers and one Continuing Education Credit (CEC) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL if you would like to receive a professional development hour for viewing the webinar.

Instructor Biography

Fran Boucher is a program manager for National Grid's Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Group. Mr. Boucher is a certified energy manager and a LEED AP®. Mr. Boucher has more than 25 years of experience in energy efficiency, facility management, and commercial construction, including work with notable firms, including Beacon Properties, State Street Bank, and Tufts University.

Mr. Boucher was the sustainability coordinator for the design and construction of National Grids' 318,000-square-foot LEED® Platinum corporate office in Waltham, Massachusetts. Mr. Boucher is also a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Zero Net Energy Building Task Force and the recipient of the 2007 Association of Energy Engineer's Region One Energy Professional Development Award. Mr. Boucher has presented on New England utility incentives at the Labs21 2011 Annual Conference and numerous other venues.

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