New Balance Benefits from Utility Energy Incentives

New Balance's Lawrence distribution center will save approximately $110,000 annually in lighting maintenance and energy costs--demonstrating the availability of utility incentives available to local businesses.

New Balance completed a $535,000 lighting upgrade, funded in part by National Grid energy efficiency incentives. Utilities are required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to advance programs to reduce energy usage.

“We are constantly searching for solutions to operate more efficiently,” said John Campbell, director of corporate services at New Balance, “so we were excited to work with National Grid to explore ways to save on energy costs. The lighting installation they developed is a great solution that will offer significant savings right away. Coupled with the energy efficiency incentives, the project will pay for itself in just two years.”

The customized project features a new low wattage LED system with programmable occupancy sensors for New Balance’s high bay aisles, a low wattage LED system for open areas and high performance, reduced wattage T8 fluorescent lamps for low bay task lighting. The installation is expected to yield an annual energy savings of nearly 900,000 kilowatt-hours for New Balance.

“This New Balance project is a great example of how National Grid partners with our customers to develop customized energy-saving solutions,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts. “The most inexpensive kilowatt-hour is the one that is never used; energy efficiency measures help our customers save money and also help us address the growing demand on our energy system.