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BEPS - Ready or Not Here We Come: Resilience Strategies for Small Businesses

April 5, 11:45 am to 12:45 pm

Silver Spring Civic Building, Ellsworth Room, & Online

Approved for 1.0 general GBCI CE & 1.0 AIA LU



Fran Phillips, Senior Engagement Specialist, Pepco

Miroslava Buzolic, Project Engineer - Pepco Energy Savings Program for Small Business, Pepco

Nicholas Jackson, Account Executive - Pepco Energy Savings Program for Small Business, Pepco




The past 2 years have taught us how incredibly important small businesses are to our local economy. With the new BEPS standards coming into play, how can we ensure that these small businesses aren’t left behind while the energy efficiency industry focuses on meeting BEPS requirements for larger businesses? 


This presentation will aim to bridge the gap between where small business owners currently are on their energy journey to where they would like to be in terms of energy cost reduction, business resilience due to premium equipment installations, and cash-neutral efficiency investments. Using examples from 3 different sectors – Restaurants, Office Buildings and Retail – we will walk you through a virtual energy audit for each business type. These audits will show the different energy efficient opportunities each business can take advantage of through Pepco’s Energy Savings for Small Business Program offered through EmPOWER Maryland. The virtual assessments will include rough order of magnitude project economics to illustrate the energy and financial impacts of the project opportunities.  By using these virtual audits and other industry-provided guides, such as those developed by ENERGY STAR ®, small businesses can create and implement energy efficient and sustainable practices, take advantage of utility incentives, and lower their greenhouse emissions with energy efficient measures.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about utility programs that provide cost reduction for Small Businesses.

  2. Understand how Small Businesses can become more resilient when focusing on new, efficient equipment.

  3. Learn how energy efficiency investments can stay cash-flow neutral.

  4. Learn how Small Businesses can create and implement energy efficient and sustainable practices.


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