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Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) Awards Five Free Energy Audits to Maryland Businesses; CEP Shows Businesses the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Using Less Energy


SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 29 -- The Clean Energy Partnership, a regional group organizing businesses to promote solutions to environmental challenges, has announced today the five winners of a free energy audit. The winners are:

NAME: Austin Grill

CITY: Silver Spring

ELECTRICITY USAGE (megawatt-hours/yr): 426 mwh/yr


NAME: The Brewer’s Art

CITY: Baltimore

ELECTRICITY USAGE (megawatt-hours/yr): 505 mwh/yr


NAME: Fitzgerald Auto Mall

CITY: Rockville

ELECTRICITY USAGE (megawatt-hours/yr): 1,200 mwh/yr


NAME: MOM’s -- My Organic Market

CITY: Rockville

ELECTRICITY USAGE (megawatt-hours/yr): 533 mwh/yr


NAME: Ronald McDonald House

CITY: Baltimore

ELECTRICITY USAGE (megawatt-hours/yr): 321 mwh/yr


TOTAL 2,985 mwh/yr


The winners were chosen based on their energy use, their desire to invest in energy efficiency and their interest in helping to spread the word about the benefits of energy efficiency for businesses. The selected companies’ total annual energy use is close to 3,000 mwh a year, which is equal to about the energy utilized for close to 300 homes.

The energy audits will be conducted by EMO Energy Solutions, LLC of Falls Church, Virginia and will show the selected businesses ways they can reduce energy use by making specific energy efficiency investments. Once the audits are completed, EMO and CEP will give presentations on the results to share with the public. It is expected that the winning businesses will make energy efficiency investments and cut their energy use.

“The winning businesses are willing to lead by example, to show other businesses in the area that reducing energy use is smart because it saves money and it helps the environment,” said Gary Skulnik, CEP Executive Director. “For every Megawatt-hour of electricity a business does not use, it keeps about 1,600 pounds of the global warming gas, carbon dioxide, out of the atmosphere. Additionally, at this time of runaway energy costs, what could be smarter than investing in energy efficiency to lower your energy bill?”

Jack Fitzgerald, president of Fitzgerald Auto Malls and a CEP member, reflected on being a winner of the Free Energy Audit. “We want to demonstrate to other car dealers in the area that some small upfront investments can lead to long term savings on energy costs,” said Fitzgerald. “We are committed to doing our part to lower our energy use and help the environment.”

The free energy audits are part of the CEP’s “Smart Energy” program and were made possible by a grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy “Rebuild America” Program and the Maryland Energy Administration.

About the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP)

The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), based in Silver Spring, MD, is a non-profit, non-partisan group founded in 2004. The CEP is the first and only group in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia area that is organizing businesses and people to support practical solutions to today’s most pressing environmental challenges -- global warming and air pollution. The Clean Energy Partnership’s main focuses include working towards an increase in the demand for clean energy and the advocating of positive environmental legislation.


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