BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 7, 2011) - Mass Save®, the initiative sponsored by Massachusetts' gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, concluded a five-stop series of informational "Open Houses" on Thursday, February 24, with a presentation to more than 90 trade professionals at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Northampton, Mass. The Mass Save Sponsors presented to well over 400 trade professionals over the course of the five events.

The half-day Open House sessions provided attendees, such as Wattsaver Lighting Products Inc, Siemens Industry, Graybar, and others, an overview of Mass Save's 2011 energy efficiency programs such as information regarding LEDs, incentives for combined heat and power projects, providing customers with both electric and thermal energy efficiency proposals and incentives, financing information, as well as the opportunity to network with industry peers. 

"The Program Administrators work with thousands of businesses throughout the Commonwealth to help them find ways to reduce energy consumption and improve efficiency," said Mark Siegal of National Grid, a Mass Save sponsor. "Partnering with energy efficiency professionals and our [Mass Save] energy efficiency programs significantly improves our customers' operations, creating positive results for their bottom line."

"There was a true spirit of cooperation at the Trade Ally Open House," said David Rossman of REXEL USA. "This was a chance for us to have constructive person-to-person contact with all of our Mass Save Program Administrators and learn about the latest energy efficiency tools and incentives available to our customers. This seminar was a positive step toward helping us all promote energy conservation more effectively."

"We found the Trade Ally Open House to be a very useful forum," said Peter Fairbanks, President, Bluestone Energy Services Ltd. "We were informed about 2011 efficiency goals, and the nuances of the 2011 incentive programs were explained."

In addition to its culminating stop in Northampton, Mass Save brought its informational Open House to four other locations in February, including Westwood, Buzzards Bay, Worcester and Andover. Allies that were unable to attend an Open House will soon be able to view the presentation on the Mass Save website.

Massachusetts residents and businesses can learn more about energy efficiency programs and incentives offered through Mass Save by visiting

Mass Save is an initiative sponsored by Massachusetts' gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, including Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, National Grid, New England Gas Company, NSTAR, Unitil, and Western Massachusetts Electric Company. The Sponsors of Mass Save work closely with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to provide a wide range of services, incentives, trainings, and information promoting energy efficiency that help residents and businesses manage energy use and related costs.

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