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Cleveland small business chamber leads the nation in energy savings
COSE's energy efficiency program saved Northeast Ohio businesses $13.4 million in 2012 and serves as a national model for savings programs

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Nicole Stika is director of COSE's energy programs. COSE helped Ohio businesses save $13.4 million in cost reductions and energy rebates in 2012. COSE is launching its own energy efficiency loan program this summer.
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An energy-savings program led by a Northeast Ohio group is serving as a national model for energy efficiency. WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports, the national attention comes at the same time lawmakers in Columbus are deciding whether to scrap the state’s efficiency rules.


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A new report by the Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy compares energy savings programs of 325 chambers of commerce in the U.S.

And Cleveland’s Council of Smaller Enterprises, or COSE leads the nation in helping businesses save money on their energy bills. COSE’s Nicole Stika says the program led to more than $13 million in energy savings for Ohio businesses last year.

Stika says Ohio’s standards in place since 2008 have focused awareness on reducing energy use.

“These benchmarks have created an entire industry around energy efficiency and are helping small businesses.”

Meanwhile a bill in the Ohio Senate seeks to repeal the energy efficiency standards. The bill is backed by Akron utility FirstEnergy, which says the efficiency standards are costing consumers. COSE’s Stika says a fee paid by commercial and residential utility customers contributed more than $5 million in rebates to small businesses investing in efficiency. 

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