Vice President Gavin Watson (center) presented various sustainability efforts and energy efficiency initiatives implemented at the West Haven/Orange facility, which produces ingredient systems and products for the food and supplement industries. Watson explained that they were able to save about $182,000 in annual energy costs by working with United Illuminating (UI) to make energy updates to their facilities, including upgrading compressor systems and lighting.
EEB tour participants saw the production process of many products but were able to realize firsthand how Watson, Inc. has taken sustainability beyond the scope of Connecticut’s efficiency programs. EEB is a group of advisors who use their expertise with energy issues to evaluate and advise the state’s utility companies in developing and implementing comprehensive, cost-effective energy conservation plans that help Connecticut consumers reduce energy use in their homes and businesses.
NOTE: The EEB witnessed first-hand various sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives implemented at the West Haven/Orange facilities. Watson explained that they were able to save about $182,000 in annual energy costs by working with United Illuminating (UI) to make energy upgrades in their two facilities. In addition to some of their other initiatives, the company has started a large shared garden for employees at the Orange facility and only purchase 100% of its electrical energy from wind power sources. During the tour, they also witnessed the production of Watson products, such as edible glitter and menthol sheets used in many popular toothpaste brands.
Tour attendees included representatives from United Illuminating, Optimal Energy, the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Eversource, Acadia Center, CT Resource Conservation and Development, Energy Futures Group and CT Green Bank.
Participants included: Gavin Watson, Vice President of Watson, Inc.; Aaron Jones, and Amy McLean Salls, Acadia Center; Amanda Fargo-Johnson, CT Resource Conservation & Development, CT EEB; Craig Diamond, CT EEB; Julia Dumaine and Linda Foreman, CT DEEP; Adrienne Houel, Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc.; Dan Mellinger, Energy Futures Group; Glen Reed, Energy Futures Group; Steve Bruno, Jordan Schellens, Andy Brydges, and John Kibbee, Eversource; Anthony Clark, CT Green Bank; George Lawrence, Optimal Energy; and Liz Murphy, United Illuminating, AVANGRID, Inc.