Central Mass. businesses getting creative when it comes to high energy costs (Worcester Telegram 12/11/17)
Energy is a significant cost of doing business for Central Massachusetts companies.
But from switching to more efficient light bulbs to purchasing “brown” power from animal waste, the region’s businesses are trying myriad ways to remain competitive as energy prices rise.
“I’m into brown power - cow poop,” said Christopher Crowley, executive vice president at Polar Beverages. “Cow poop and turkey poop off-gasses methane ... they recover that and are changing it into electricity.
“You never hear about it,” Mr. Crowley said, saying that brown power is responsible for 25 percent of Polar’s electricity needs. “Solar is sexy.”
Energy prices, however, are decidedly not sexy, especially in Massachusetts.
The state’s energy prices were the sixth highest in the nation in 2015 at $22.53/million Btu, the latest figures available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (read more)
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