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Renewable energy exhibit opens June 21 at Discovery Museum and Planetarium

Clean Energy Fund showcases power of tomorrow to children and families

Bridgeport, Conn., June 20, 2002 Connecticut's first interactive renewable energy exhibit will make its "road show" debut this summer in Fairfield county at Bridgeport's Discovery Museum and Planetarium. The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) will showcase its innovative, hands-on display of clean energy technologies at the Museum June 21 through September 8, 2002.

The renewable energy exhibit was unveiled during Connecticut Public Television's 11th Annual Family Science Expo this May in Hartford, where more than 17,000 students, teachers and families discovered how clean energy can be generated from wind, wave, solar and fuel cell technologies.

Designed to educate participants of all ages, the renewable energy exhibit features plasma touch-screens with children revealing what renewable energy means to them (i.e., "Renewable energy is energy you fix up and use again," and "Green power is the power that makes the grass grow"). The interactive displays demonstrate how fuel cells, wind, solar and wave energy are being generated and used right now.

"The exhibit is designed to educate children and families on how renewable energy is a current, viable and the preferred alternative to fossil fuel sources," said Charlie Moret, CCEF's managing director of investments. "Renewable energy offers the promise of a better world for our children, decreased reliance on polluting fuel, and increased energy independence."

Linda Malkin, Discovery Museum's senior vice president, said, "The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund exhibit provides a wonderful compliment to our other summer exhibits and programs. We're delighted to be the first museum in Connecticut to host this program."

In August, the Discovery Museum will launch a Solar Discovery Room, a hands-on program where children can construct solar powered model cars out of Legos and solar panels.

The Discovery Museum, located at 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, houses a planetarium and the Challenger Learning Center and it offers interactive scientific and technological exhibits, educational programs and special shows. Admission, which includes a planetarium show, is $7 adults, $5.50 children and seniors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. To learn about other museum programs and exhibits, visit www.discoverymuseum.org or call 203.372.3521.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) invests in enterprises and other initiatives that promote and develop sustainable markets for energy from renewables and fuel cells that will benefit the ratepayers of Connecticut. For more information, visit CCEF's web site at www.ctcleanenergy.com or call 860.563.0015.