Now that your town has made the Municipal Clean Energy Pledge, how can it achieve the goal of signing up local residents and businesses to CTCleanEnergyOptions program?

 

This program, which was developed by the Department of Public Utilities Control, allows any CL&P or UI customer the opportunity to support clean energy made from approved renewable resources such as wind and small hydro.  In order to qualify as a Connecticut Clean Energy Community, your city or town must meet the lesser of:

  • 100 points in a community or regional school district (NEW: any town within the RSD that commits to the Municipal Clean Energy Pledge and the EPA Community Energy Challenge and makes a minimum purchase may elect to pool its points with another town or towns. Previuosly, all towns within the RSD had to meet each of these requirements),
  • 1 Gigawatt-hour of clean energy demand created from a commercial and industrial (C&I) customer, or 
  • Points equal to 10% of the households in a community

 

How do the points count?

  • Each sign-up to CTCleanEnergyOptions within the community counts as 1 point regardless of whether it is a 50% or 100% customer;  
  • Each 100 MWh of clean energy purchased by a local commercial and industrial customer through the CTCleanEnergyOptions program counts as 10 points;  
  • Each clean energy system within the community funded by CCEF (excluding systems earned through this program); all documentable Class I renewable energy systems or self-funded Class I Solar Thermal and Geothermal installed during 2010 or after count as 3 points (communities with fewer than 1,000 households shall earn 3% of 10% of households for each local clean energy system); and  
  • Each Green-e certified REC purchase by a C&I customer (excluding municipalities) counts as follows: 


    • 0-10 GWh = 1 point for each 20 MWh purchased (e.g., 20 MWh = 1 point, 100 MWh = 5 points, 1,000 MWh = 50 points, etc.); and
    • > 10 GWh = 500 points plus 1 point for each 200 MWh purchased above 10 GWh (e.g., a 30 GWh purchase earns 600 points)

 

 

How can I sign up for clean energy?

It’s easy!  Any customer of CL&P or UI can sign up for CTCleanEnergyOptions in any of the various ways:

  • Complete an enrollment form provided by your local task force or the clean energy suppliers (i.e.,  Community Energy or Sterling Planet); or  
  • Sign-up on-line at www.ctcleanenergyoptions.com.  
  • Fill out the insert that is sent periodically with your electric bill;
  • Download and complete this CTCleanEnergyOptions Signup Form provided by CCEF

To measure some of the benefits of clean energy, click to try the Clean Energy Calculator.

 

 

Sign up for clean energy and save! Choose an alternative electric supplier to offset the cost of clean energy. For further details, click on the button below. 


 

 

 

 

Tools to help your community achieve more sign-ups


Grants Toolkit – The Community Innovation Grants Program provides qualifying towns with micro-grants from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.  This program is intended to raise awareness of the benefits and availability of clean energy through creative projects within local communities.  For more information and downloadable documents relating to the program, click here.
 
Marketing Toolkit – There are many different methods a town can use to generate sign-ups.  For some no cost or low cost marketing ideas, click here.
 
Please send us your own strategies that have proven successful in your community:
 
Connecticut Clean Energy Fund
865 Brook Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Tel: (860) 563-0015
Fax: (860) 563-6978