Program Partners


The Suppliers

The CTCleanEnergyOptions suppliers are independent companies selected by the DPUC following a rigorous bid process.  When you sign up for this program, you continue to receive one bill from your electric utility.  The clean energy premium you pay on your electric bill is sent to your chosen supplier, which purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) on your behalf from clean energy generators in the amount equivalent to collective electricity usage for all customers.

Community Energy, Inc.

Community Energy, Inc.(CEI) is the leading wind energy marketer in the nation. Founded in 1999 with the support of environmental leaders and energy suppliers, our mission is to ignite the market and meet the demand for fuel-free electricity by helping bring new wind farms on line every year.  CEI brought its first commercial wind plant in the mid-Atlantic on line in 1999, and sold the output immediately.  The more customers who sign up, the more wind farms we'll help bring online, including a new windfarm right here in New England.

Sterling Planet

Sterling Planet, Inc is the nation’s leading retail renewable energy and climate solutions provider offering diverse renewable and carbon offset options to homes and businesses nationwide through utility partnerships, as well as direct renewable energy sales.  Our mission is to lead the migration to sustainable energy that is good for the environment, the economy, and all current and future generations. Sterling Planet has offices in Connecticut, Colorado, New York and Georgia. Sterling Planet annual sales have topped over 3 billion kWh, enough electricity to power over 200,000 homes.

The Utilities

The utilities, or electric distribution companies, provide transmission and distribution services to Connecticut ratepayers while generation service may come from these companies or a competitive supplier.  Whether you choose a competitive supplier or sign up for CTCleanEnergyOptions, you continue to receive the same reliable service and a single bill from your distribution company.

Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P)

CL&P provides more than 1.1 million customers with safe and reliable electricity. With annual revenues of approximately $2.9 billion, CL&P plays a major role in the growth and vitality of Connecticut’s economy and quality of life. Now in its second century of service, CL&P serves residential, municipal, commercial and industrial customers in 149 cities and towns. We have a wide range of programs, from energy conservation and economic development to environmental education. Our employees volunteer hundreds of hours each year in support of the communities in which we live and work.

The United Illuminating Company (UI)

At UI, we’ve always been dedicated to the communities we serve. That’s why we provide more than electricity. We spearhead conservation efforts, encourage economic growth, assist area businesses and fund important charity organizations through established and often one-of-a-kind programs.

Government

Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC)

The Department of Public Utility Control regulates private investor-owned public utilities of electricity, natural gas, water services as well as parts of telecommunications and cable television service, to protect consumer rights and ensure the safety and reliability of service.

The CTCleanEnergyOptions program was developed as a collaborative effort under the direction of the DPUC. The collaboration included the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, the Connecticut Light & Power Company, the United Illuminating Company, SmartPower, Clean Water Fund, Environment Northeast, and the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network.

Office of Consumer Counsel

The Office of Consumer Counsel is an independent state agency with statutory responsibility to represent customers of Connecticut’s five regulated utilities – electric, gas, water, telephone, and to some extent, cable television, primarily in matters that go before the Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC). The OCC is authorized to participate on behalf of consumer interests in all administrative and judicial forums and in any matters in which the interests of consumers with respect to public utility matters may be involved.


Non-profits

Education and outreach about the benefits and availability of clean energy is provided by various non-profit organizations, which have received funding from the CCEF, private foundations or membership fees.  These organizations include, but are not limited to, the following:  

Clean Water Fund

Clean Water Fund (CWF), a national 501(c)3 nonprofit, brings diverse communities together to work for changes that improve our lives, promoting sensible solutions for people and the environment.  Clean Water Fund's programs build on and complement those of Clean Water Action, a 700,000-member national organization.  Our Hartford, Connecticut staff works with citizen leaders and decision-makers around the state on issues affecting our health, environment and community quality of life.

SmartPower

SmartPower is the nation’s award-winning non-profit marketing organization that is leading the effort to promote clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. We use innovative and traditional marketing techniques to identify and create effective messages that resonate with the general consumer and move them to action on clean energy and energy efficiency. Our ultimate goal is to create a robust consumer marketplace for wind, solar, water and all clean renewable energy products. In the process we will create a nation that embraces energy efficiency as “the first renewable”. Our unique marketing approach is capturing attention, creating customers, and cultivating a mainstream marketplace from coast to coast. Although not currently active in Connecticut, SmartPower was instrumental in the development and promotion of the 20% by 2010 Campaign and the CT Clean Energy Communities Program and the creator of the original Communities Website.