Two years ago, 69 businesses accepted a challenge from Efficiency Vermont to cut their energy usage by 7.5 percent.
At the half way point, announced Monday, 10 have already met their two year goals. The 59 others, representatives say, 'run the gamut' on how close they are to reaching the half way point. Cumulatively over 200-thousand dollars has been saved.
The ten companies in the lead have invested over a million dollars in energy savings upgrades, which Efficiency Vermont says will result in 7 million dollars in savings over a decade.
"We're going to pilot six -- what we're calling employee empowerment projects -- where basically employees are going to be able to find places to save energy in their organization and we believe this is going to be a good source of savings," said Jim Merriam with Efficiency Vermont.
Monday's press conference was held at Rutland Regional Medical Center, which isn't quite at it's half way goal, but has made sizeable upgrades to lighting equipment.