Although energy efficiency measures are
often thought of as a way for residential customers
to save on cost, the same principles
apply to larger, commercial customers.
Recently, Quad/Graphics in Saratoga
Springs took advantage of National Grid’s
Energy Efficiency Incentive Program and
installed equipment that officials said not
only boost production but also save more
than 4.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity.
That’s about the equivalent savings of taking
about 380 homes off the electric grid for
an entire year, according to National Grid officials,
who said the upgrade will save Quad/
Graphics more than $380,000 a year in energy
costs while helping it increase production to
National Grid provided $1.1 million to
Quad/Graphics to install a more efficient
printing press that replaced two older presses
and has increased production by more than
60 percent. The company said the incentive is
the second largest single incentive provided
by the upstate New York program since its
start in 2009.
In December of last year, National Grid
provided its largest incentive to Finch Paper
in Glens Falls, totaling $1.8 million.
"These incentives provide needed funding,"
said National Grid Regional Director
William Flaherty. "They provide economic
incentives to continue to grow business in
the greater Capital Region. National Grid is
in the energy business, but it's important to
use that energy as efficiently as possible. That
goal helps us provide needed energy, makes
businesses more efficient and productive, and
saves on costs."
Dan Frankowski, plant director for Quad/
Graphics' Saratoga Springs facility said the
incentive "helps support ongoing, strategic
investments in our people and operations
here. With recent and anticipated growth,
we look to bring aboard an additional 50
employees immediately, bringing total
employment in the plant to more than 850
This National Grid program is part of the
company's portfolio of programs designed to
help businesses manage energy costs and take
advantage of new technologies in efficiency.
Businesses in upstate New York interested
in more information about National Grid's
energy efficiency programs can call 800-
767-1706 or visit www1.nationalgridus.com/
Quad/Graphics is a leading provider of
print and media solutions to industries, including,
but not limited to, retail, publishing,
insurance, financial and health care.