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Renewable Energy is at Work Here in Connecticut

Clean Energy Day will be held October 13

Renewable Energy is at Work Here in Connecticut
Clean Energy Day will be held October 13

(Rocky Hill, Conn. - October 2001) — The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CEF) wants Connecticut residents to witness first-hand the power of renewable energy. The fund is sponsoring Clean Energy Day, Saturday, October 13 — a free day of activities highlighting solar power, hydropower and energy efficiency in Connecticut.

Attendees will have an opportunity to see how the power of the sun and other renewable energy sources is a viable option for energy in our state. Homes and businesses that produce and use clean energy will open their doors to the public throughout the day in an effort to teach Connecticut residents how to cut energy costs while helping the environment.

Highlights of the day’s activities include:

- Solar buildings open house between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. throughout Bethlehem, Burlington, Eastford, Fairfield, Groton, New Milford, Preston, Roxbury, and Willimantic;
- Tours of the Wyre Wynd hydropower facility in Jewett City are available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.;
- Energy clinics will be offered at various times during the day by Home Depot stores across the state. Stores participating are in Berlin, Fairfield, Manchester, North Haven, Southington, Wallingford, and West Hartford; and
- Renewable energy and energy efficient buildings tour.

“Using our own local resources is the way to go,” said Charlie Moret, CEF’s managing director of investments. “Choices—they’re everywhere for renewable energy. Most people don’t realize that Connecticut has two companies, Connecticut Energy Cooperative and Green Mountain Energy, that offer ‘green’ power. Generally speaking, ‘green’ power is electricity that comes from sustainable energy sources such as wind, biomass, and geothermal power. By choosing to purchase ‘green,’ our residents can really make a positive impact on our environment.”

Producing electricity from fossil fuels is the single greatest cause of air and water pollution and the greenhouse gasses that are altering the Earth's climate. Generating power from clean sources means lower emissions, less pollution and better health for people, plants and animals around the world.

Connecticut residents have an opportunity, through a variety of free activities and hands-on lessons in money-saving and environment-protecting strategies, to learn how they can make a positive impact on the environment and support renewable energy.

The day’s activities are organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. For a complete schedule or to find out specific times, locations, and topics about these special events, contact Meghan Houlihan at 413-774-6051, ext. 22, or visit the NESEA website at www.nesea.org.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (www.ctcleanenergy.com) invests in enterprises and other initiatives that promote and develop sustainable markets for energy from renewables and fuel cells that will benefit ratepayers. The fund is supported by Connecticut utility ratepayers and managed by Connecticut Innovations.