Since 1999, COSE has provided small businesses with opportunities to manage and reduce their energy costs through measures such as group purchasing discounts on their electric and gas bills, access to energy audits, and a network of contractors that can help them become more energy efficient.
Through the years, COSE has witnessed the impact energy costs can have on small business’ ability to plan from one year to the next. We have also seen the effects on small business when they are required to bear excess costs compared to other groups. While small businesses identify energy efficiency measures as opportunities to control costs, they often encounter barriers to the financing and information necessary to take these projects from conception to completion. COSE represents the interests of small business in regulatory and legislative matters to ensure they have a seat at the table and receive access to the information and resources necessary to become more energy efficient.
2013-2014 Legislative Priorities
- Advocate for stable, predictable and fairly derived energy costs and reliable service for small business
- Promote the importance, creation, and maintenance of programs and resources that educate small businesses about energy efficiency and reward them for becoming more energy efficient
- Increase capital opportunities and incentives for energy efficiency projects such as on-bill financing/repayment, green loans, energy efficiency tax credits, rebate programs and grants for audits and improvements
- Monitor: COSE is monitoring the bill's progress.
- Oppose: The COSE Advocacy Committee opposes this bill.
- Support: The COSE Advocacy Committee supports this bill.