First Seminar Hosted by Office of Energy Development

By Kelly McCarthy

February 13, 2013 Updated Feb 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local businesses were promised Tuesday to lower energy bills if they follow the recommendations of the Broome County Office of Energy Development.

Tuesday's free event at the Riverwalk Hotel in Binghamton was the newly created agency's first.

Business leaders learned more about energy-saving options available in the Southern Tier that could lower the cost of running their operations.

"In talking with the businesses they're all very excited on what they can learn here and what they can save on their energy costs, because we know that every time the electric and gas bill comes, especially with a business, you dread looking at it," said County Executive Debbie Preston.

The energy office invited speakers to share their tips on cutting costs, and Preston says she was pleased to see such a big turnout.

"I don't know if it's because of the disasters we've been through and because of the businesses that we've lost, but the businesses that we have here want to remain here," Preston said. "But they know that they have to find other ways to save and that starts with energy."

Preston adds she hopes the initiative to lower energy costs results in more jobs for Broome County residents.

The Office of Energy Development has yet to be approved by the Broome County Legislature. Preston said she expected the legislature's full support when it next meets Feb. 21.