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Power is called "clean" when it's produced not by burning air-polluting fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal-but by tapping into clean sources such as solar, wind, waves, fuel cells and other renewable technologies. These technologies produce little or no pollution, and they generate power from energy sources that are in plentiful supply and virtually never run out. That's why clean power is the power of the future.

At the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, we're working to foster the development of clean energy markets and technologies and make it easy and affordable for Connecticut citizens, businesses and other organizations to buy clean energy. Why? Because clean energy benefits everyone!

Why Clean Energy?

It's Good for You!

Clean energy benefits everyone: you, your state and your world. Developing and using clean energy instead of power generated by fossil fuels:


Protects the fragile environment we all need to live and be healthy

Generating electric power through fossil fuels creates more pollution than any other single industry in the U.S. These pollutants include carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide. They are harmful substances that readily enter the air, water and soil and make their way into our bodies.


Scientists believe that the so-called "greenhouse gasses" produced by burning fossil fuels are warming the atmosphere and changing Earth's climate. This could soon lead to serious consequences for all living creatures.


The more clean energy we use, the less "dirty" power electric plants must produce. That means fewer pollutants in the environment and a cleaner, healthier world for you, your children, and generations of people to come.


Helps America become energy-independent

The U.S. imports 56 percent of the oil we use, draining dollars from our economy and putting us at the mercy of foreign powers. Developing alternative energy sources will help ensure an uninterrupted supply of the affordable energy that keeps America running.


Helps ensure a long-term power supply

It took millions of years for fossil fuels to form in the Earth, but we're using them up at lightning speed. Some experts say we may run out by the end of this century. By buying clean power, you encourage businesses, governments, scientists and others to pursue practical, economical alternatives for generating the power we'll need for decades to come.

Visit the CTCleanEnergyOptions web site to learn more about your ability to support clean energy.

If you're a customer of The Connecticut Light & Power Company or The United Illuminating Company, now you have the power to choose clean energy. Through the CTCleanEnergyOptions program, your energy dollars pay for electricity production from cleaner sources such as wind and small, low-impact hydro power. And if your community has joined the CCEF Clean Energy Communities program, you are also helping your city or town qualify for a free solar electric system for a public building. It's an easy way to make a difference for your community, for Connecticut, and for our world.