A local dairy operation is benefiting from some financial help from National Grid in its efforts to save electricity and grow its business.
King Brothers Dairy has received nearly $120,000 in energy efficiency incentives and economic development grants from National Grid. Elected and utility officials gathered at the dairy Wednesday to recognize its efforts and celebrate the economic impact it and other agribusinesses have across upstate New York.
The support has allowed King Brothers to purchase equipment that recycles the heat generated in the pasteurization process for use in other parts of the milk-production process.
“The addition of a new milk pasteurizer, along with energy-efficient lighting, insulation and a new chiller has allowed us to expand our business,” King Brothers Dairy Manager Jeff King said in a news release. “These improvements would not have been possible without the programs offered by National Grid.”
The farm received $50,000 from National Grid’s new Agribusiness Productivity Economic Development program and about $60,000 in energy efficiency incentives for the new equipment it has installed.
The new National Grid program provides grants to assist in paying for energy efficiency, renewable energy delivery and productivity improvements for dairy and other commercial farms, food processing businesses, and controlled-environment agricultural facilities served by the utility.
“Our economic development programs are designed to support local business growth,” National Grid Regional Executive Laurie Poltynski said in the news release. “At King Brothers we were able to leverage that funding with energy-efficiency incentives that will strengthen an agricultural business that has been in this area for generations.”
King Brothers Dairy’s main business is milk, which it bottles and delivers, but it also makes ice cream, grows corn and sells cattle and embryos.
Joining Jeff King and Poltynski on Wednesday were elected officials including U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro.
“Our farms are the backbone of our upstate economy, and I applaud National Grid for their continued investments in such a critical economic sector,” she said in the news release.