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A Clean Energy Community
Clean Energy Customers to Date:
Customers: 156.5
% of Households: 0.84%
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Joined the 20% by 2010 Campaign:
January 2005View Resolution
Town Hall Address & Website:
70 West River Street
Milford CT 06840
Local Clean Energy Contact:
Thomas J. Ivers
Phone: (203) 783-3230
20% by 2010 Clean Energy Campaign Progress:

The City of Milford uses 21,000,000 kwh of electricity per year for all municipal facilities. Therefore, their 20% clean energy use target is 4,200,000 kwh in 2010. To date, they have met approximately 8% of that goal through the mandatory amount as required by the state Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Milford has yet to make a voluntary clean energy purchase.

Local Clean Energy Supporters:
Sage Milford Properties LLC- CTCleanEnergyOptions - Sterling Planet
Sunlight Solar- CTCleanEnergyOptions - Community Energy
Community Innovations Grants:
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Community Innovations Grants Program
Now Accepting Proposals
Contact Tom Ivers for more information
Project Deadline: TBD
Town Description:

Founded in 1639, and home to three CT governors, Milford is one of the oldest communities in the state. Its citizens reached out to found several other communities and explore the New England frontier. Although primarily agrarian, the local economy also included shipbuilding, oystering, small industry and trade on Long Island Sound and beyond. The early 1900s brought the leather industry, along with the manufacture of boots, hats, and shoes. After WWII, the population swelled as GIs returned from the war and bought houses in Milford. Meanwhile, industry had surged to support the war effort. Norden, Milford Rivet, US Motors and Edgecomb Steel were some of the familiar names of the time. Light industry followed, such as the consumer giants BIC and Schick, and, following that, retail outlets, such as the CT Post Shopping Center (now known as Westfield Shoppingtown CT Post).

Twenty-five square miles in area, with 52,000 residents, Milford is CTís 11th most-developed municipality, and 16th most densely-populated. Milfordís location at the confluence of the Housatonic and the Sound, as well as its proximity to the railroad, and, later, CTís two major interstate highways, the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkway and I-95, facilitated industrial and commercial development throughout its history. Development reached a peak in the 70s and early 80s, leveled off in the early 90s, then picked up again in the late 90s, until Milford reached its present population of over 52,000, with over 2200 businesses.

Milford plays a key role in CTís energy infrastructure. Six major power facilities are located here: the old Devon power plant; the new Milford power plant; the Iroquois natural gas pipeline, along with a compressor station; significant portions of the main electric transmission loop within SW CT, and, pivotal to this, a major NU/UI transmission sub-station. An additional sub-station has recently been approved as part of the 345 kV transmission upgrade, and other energy facilities are on the drawing-boards

Local Press Coverage:
Tonights Meeting Informs Residents How to Achieve Clean Energy Goal    Thursday January 20th, 2005
Resident Responds to Low Turnout in Clean Energy Sign-Up    Thursday June 16th, 2005
Milford commits to alternative energy    Friday December 16th, 2005
100 in Milford chose 'green'    Friday December 16th, 2005
Milford achieves clean energy quota    Thursday December 22nd, 2005
Officials to participate in clean energy initiative    Friday December 23rd, 2005
Politically Correct?    Thursday July 27th, 2006
"The 20% by 2010 campaign] is becoming more popular, especially as we hear more about the problems caused by fossil fuels."
Richard Roy
State Representative from Milford and co-chair of the CGA's Environment Committee
"For several years, Milford, like the rest of New Haven County, has gotten a failing grade from the American Lung Association on air quality. Clean energy isnít something business can take a pass on. Itís simply not good business to put up with an unhealthy environment."
Marti Reed
Owner of "Canvas Patch", a gift store in downtown Milford
"The Clean Energy Communities Program] would pay for itself over time. It just makes sense. In the long run, itís going to serve our environment. Itís all about clean air, clean water and clean Earth. Itís a goal all communities should keep. We should try and leave the Earth a better place for our children."
James L. Richetelli Jr.
Mayor of Milford
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