Now that your town has joined the 20% by 2010 Campaign, 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 sign-ups in a community or regional school district*,
  • 1 Gigawatt-hour of clean energy demand created from a C&I customer, or
  • 10% of households in a community

* all towns in regional school district must commit to 20% by 2010 and agree to pool sign-ups.

 

All sign-ups in the CTCleanEnergyOptions program count towards your target whether they occur before or after the town commits to 20% by 2010.  All 100% sign-ups count as one point while 50% sign-ups count as one-half point.

Why support clean energy?

Each sign-up results in the addition of more clean energy in the power grid – either in New England or other regions.  This helps to:

 

  • Create cleaner air and improved health for our children;
  • Reduce our need for foreign oil;
  • Fight global warming; 
  • Develop new technologies; and 
  • Create local jobs.

 

To measure some of the benefits of clean energy, click here for the Clean Energy Calculator.

 

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;

 

Ready to make a choice? It's easy to enroll. Click SIGN UP!

 

 

 

 

Take a minute to find out more about your own electricity use. Click CLEAN ENERGY CALCULATOR!

 

 

 

The ideal home energy strategy 

We strongly recommend that a household (as well as a business or institution) develop a comprehensive strategy that includes conservation, energy efficiency and renewables.  This will help to reduce the amount of energy used from conventional sources, which will lower harmful emissions and save money, which can be reinvested in further clean and efficient energy measures.

Important links

CT Energy Info – consumer assistance on energy-related issues
www.ctenergyinfo.com

CT Energy Efficiency Fund – energy programs for your home
www.ctsavesenergy.com

One Thing – a solution to help ensure a better energy future here in Connecticut
http://onethingct.com/

Tools to help your community achieve more sign-ups

Grants Toolkit – The Community Innovations Grants Program provides qualifying towns with a $5,000 micro-grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund.  This test-pilot program is intended to raise awareness of the benefits and availability of clean energy through creative projects within local communities.  The initial phase is fully subscribed; however, CCEF anticipates that additional funding for this program will be authorized in the near future.  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
200 Corporate Place, 3rd Floor
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Tel: (860) 563-0015
Fax: (860) 563-6978