The Town of East Hampton has organized a forum early next month for .
Joel Halsey, the Senior Environmental Analyst in the , said three companies specializing in renewable energy will deliver presentations and answer questions in the meeting room at East Hampton Town Hall on April 2 at 10 a.m.
Councilman Dominick Stanzione, the liaison to the energy sustainability committee, said he and the committee have been working on a comprehensive energy vision for the town. "We look forward to presenting it to the town board within the next several weeks," he said on Thursday.
The forum, he said, is meant to spread public awareness of programs available to them.
Representatives from LIME Energy company, contracted by the Long Island Power Authority to do lighting assessments, will discuss the LIPA's Small Business Direct Install program, where eligible businesses receive a 70 percent rebate on energy efficient lighting upgrades.
It's "a no brainer" for small businesses, Halsey said. In fact, the town is in contract to retrofit lights in seven town-owned building under the program. The town has also installed with federal grants.
TRC Engineering, another company contracted with LIPA to do energy assessment in commercial buildings, will be discussing LIPA's free energy assessments and potential rebates.
Energy Tax Savers will talk about federal and state tax deductions that are available to businesses that retrofit interior lighting.
Margaret Turner, the executive director of the East Hampton Business Alliance, is spreading the word. "We are very excited the town is offering this kind of forum," Turner said. "Business owners don't have the opportunity to go out and research this."
Each presentation will take about 10 to 15 minutes and business owners will have an opportunity to ask questions.
To sign up for the forum or for more information, contact Halsey at (631)-324-2178.