Seven Connecticut Towns Partner with CL&P and CEFIA for a Clean Energy FutureHartford Courant, October 13, 2014
The towns of Bolton, Colchester, Hebron, Marlborough, Morris, New Hartford and Vernon have joined more than 100 other Connecticut cities and towns in a pledge to increase energy efficiency and support renewable energy by joining the Clean Energy Communities program.
Clean Energy Communities is offered by Energize Connecticut, Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P), Yankee Gas, and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) to help cities and towns save energy and increase the installation of renewable energy. These seven towns have each pledged to reduce their municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent, attain 20 percent of municipal electricity needs from renewable sources and take other actions to support the deployment of clean energy by 2018.
Public involvement is critical to helping each town reach its energy goals. Residents and businesses that utilize Energize CT energy efficiency programs can help their community earn a grant, ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, which can be used toward a community-selected energy saving project. Through participation in Energize CT renewable energy programs, they can also help their town earn a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system that can be installed on a municipal building.
Energy experts from CL&P, Yankee Gas and CEFIA are working with each town to achieve these goals and earn rewards.