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The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and National Renewable Energy Lab, Partnering to Develop a National Renewable Energy Education Program



Press Release
For Immediate Release – June 10, 2003
Contact: Lisa Varvelli, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, 860.563.0015


(Rocky Hill, Connecticut – June 10, 2003) – The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory are collaborating to develop and promote renewable energy education programs locally and nationally.

“This partnership between Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is unique, and we are all excited and eager to move forward in developing and launching innovative renewable energy educational programs,” said Dr. Cynthia Howell, Director of the Office of Education Programs at NREL.

The effort to develop a national model for clean energy awareness and public education also will provide Connecticut undergraduate students and professional teachers with opportunities to research clean energy technologies at the nation’s premier renewable energy laboratory in Golden, CO. For the next several years, Connecticut teachers and undergraduate students will be selected to participate in NREL’s Laboratory Science Teacher Professional Development Program and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships.

Through this partnership, the Connecticut Innovations Education Foundation will select students to participate in NREL’s 10-week summer Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship.

“This partnership among NREL, CEF, and the Connecticut Innovations Education Foundation will provide extraordinary educational opportunities for Connecticut’s future clean energy technology innovators,” said Emily Smith, Managing Director, Government & Corporate Relations of Connecticut Innovations. “Through Connecticut Innovation’s Technology Scholars Program, selected Connecticut students will not only earn scholarships, but now they will also have an opportunity to research clean energy technologies at a federal research lab.”

To promote opportunities for teachers to learn more about renewable energy technologies, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund will announce a contest this fall to identify teachers to participate in NREL’s Laboratory Science Teacher Professional Development Program, in which educators spend eight weeks of the summer working with researchers. “Connecticut is nationally recognized as the ‘Fuel Cell State,’” said Richard Barredo, Chief Operating Officer of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. “It is important that our educators continue to inspire and prepare our young students to advance our state’s leadership in clean energy technologies.”

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is managed and operated by the Midwest Research Institute, Battelle, and Bechtel. NREL develops renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices, advances related science and engineering, and transfers knowledge and innovations to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund was created under the Connecticut General Statutes, Section 16-245n, entitled the Renewable Energy Investment Fund to promote and support the growth, development, and commercialization of renewable energy sources and to stimulate demand for renewable energy and the deployment of renewable energy sources, including fuel cells.

The Connecticut Innovations Education Foundation is managed by Connecticut Innovations, a quasi-public organization whose mission is to strengthen Connecticut’s economy by accelerating the growth of a vibrant high-technology community. The Foundation supports a technology scholar program to provide earned scholarships for Connecticut students majoring in qualified science or technology programs at colleges or universities in the state.

For more information about this partnership, please contact Bryan Garcia of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund at (860) 563-0015 ext. 284, or Dr. Cynthia Howell of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory at (303) 275-3010.


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