Make the Municipal Clean Energy Pledge!

The Municipal Clean Energy Pledge is a challenge to cities and towns to obtain at least 30 percent of the electricity for all municipal facilities from clean renewable energy sources by the year 2015. In order to qualify as a Clean Energy Community, a municipality must make a voluntary clean energy purchase of at least 14% in 2011, 15% in 2012, 16% in 2013, 17% in 2014, and 18% in 2015 (the balance of the target will come from the mandatory clean energy requirement under the Renewable Portfolio Standard or "RPS"). Through the Municipal Clean Energy Pledge, your town will help to prove to all Connecticut citizens – and to the nation –  that we have the power to make a difference.

 

Here are three easy steps to help your city or town commit to the Municipal Clean Energy Pledge:

  1. Call CCEF at 860 563-0015 to coordinate a municipal clean energy resolution
  2. Provide CCEF with the total annual electricity usage in kilowatt-hours for all municipal facilities including schools and street lights.
  3. Ask your fellow residents to publicly support this initiative by doing the following:

Here are the ways to make a qualifying clean energy purchase:

  1. CTCleanEnergyOptions program.  We recommend that you call both of the independent companies that have been selected for this program: Community Energy and Sterling Planet.  You should schedule a presentation by the representatives of those companies and ask about their incentive plans for municipalities
  2. Purchase “Green-e certified” Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from a clean energy supplier, such as Community Energy or Sterling Planet.  You have the flexibility to choose the quantity, technology, location and price for your desired product.
  3. Install a clean energy system at a municipal facility.  The RECs must be quantifiable and not held by a third party (i.e. retired).  Call the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund to learn about the incentives that are available for a variety of renewable technologies under our On-Site Renewable DG Program.