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SOLUTIONS TO ENERGY CRISIS FEATURED AT CONFERENCE

Conn. March 7, 2001 - The Building Energy 2001 Conference to be held at Tufts University from March 21st to 24th will present alternatives to inefficient buildings and unhealthy energy sources. This unique event will highlight "green" building design and cutting-edge energy sources such as building-integrated photovoltaics, wind turbines, and fuel cells. Reflecting the growing interest in healthy buildings and renewable energy, Building Energy will be the largest clean energy conference in the Boston area in many years.

Against a backdrop of rising energy prices and the deregulation of electric utilities, the conference will show the way to a future that promotes economic growth while improving environmental quality. Keynote speaker Alex Wilson, Executive Editor of Environmental Building News, observes that: "More than 25 years since the first 'energy crisis,' we now have the technical expertise to find solutions that protect the environment, support the economy, and lessen dependence on foreign oil. We won't find these solutions on the North Slope of Alaska, but rather right here at home."

Jonathan Tauer, Buildings Program Director at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), which is organizing the conference, notes that: "Building Energy is a unique event that brings together two groups working on some of the most crucial issues facing our planet: professionals involved in green building and those working on renewable energy." Leaders in both fields from across the country and from Europe will present over 50 informational sessions. There will be opportunities to tour local examples of renewable energy and sustainable building, as well as view products and services from dozens of regional businesses and organizations.

Many regional organizations are sponsoring the event. The Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust is serving as the Title Sponsor for the conference. The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and Northeast Utilities System are Silver Sponsors. The other sponsors are Ascension Technology/Applied Power Corporation, ASE Americas, Clean Air-Cool Planet, 1st Rochdale's Green Apple Renewable Energy Program, the George Robert White Fund of the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, National Grid USA, the National Park Service, NSTAR Electric, Solar Design Associates, and the Tufts Climate Initiative.

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association is the leading regional association promoting clean electricity, green transportation and healthy, efficient buildings. To learn more about Building Energy 2001, visit www.nesea.org.

About the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund - CEF is a venture capital investment fund dedicated to promoting the use of clean power in Connecticut. The fund makes capital and venture capital investments in enterprises that either produce clean energy, build consumer demand for clean energy or make clean-energy products. The Connecticut General Assembly created the CEF in 1998 as part of legislation restructuring electric utilities. The fund began formal operations in January 2000. Connecticut Innovations, which manages the fund, is the State of Connecticut's leading investor in high-tech and knowledge-based businesses.

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