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Connecticut’s Clean Energy Communities Makes its Debut

Solar Energy (Photovoltaic) Systems Available to Cities and Towns at No Cost

(Hartford, Conn – November 16, 2004) – The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) announced a new program today - Connecticut’s Clean Energy Communities. This program will offer a free solar energy system to municipalities that commit to purchase clean energy representing 20% of their electricity use by 2010. The program also requires their residents and businesses to sign up directly for the clean energy choice option available early next year through Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating. The program was created to support statewide efforts to increase the use of clean energy and demonstrate that clean energy systems are viable throughout the state.

CCEF launched the community program to representatives from cities and towns from across the state gathered today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford for a workshop on the viability and benefits of clean energy. Municipal representatives also heard how they can join in statewide efforts underway to make clean energy a greater part of Connecticut’s energy future. “Greater use of clean energy,” said Lise Dondy, Chief Operating Officer, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, “strengthens the State’s economy, protects community health, improves the environment and leads to a more secure energy supply for state residents”.

“Connecticut’s Clean Energy Communities Program represents the beginning of a unique and exciting collaboration among SmartPower, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities,” said Brian F. Keane, Executive Director of SmartPower. “By working together we are leading our state and proving to our nation that clean energy is real, it’s here and it’s working.”

The workshop was sponsored by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), SmartPower and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

Attendees learned about available clean energy programs such as:
- Smartpower’s 20% by 2010 clean energy campaign – Cities and towns across the state can make a commitment to help the state have 20 percent of its electrical power needs met through clean energy sources by 2010.
- CCEF’s Project 100 – This landmark state law provides Connecticut municipalities the opportunity to establish clean energy projects in their communities.
- Clean Energy Programs – Municipalities received information on current incentive programs that support the installation of solar electric energy systems and fuel cells.
- Connecticut’s Clean Energy Communities program which provides for free solar energy systems for qualifying municipalities.

Several cities and towns across Connecticut have already made the commitment to the 20% by 2010 clean energy campaign including New Haven and Portland, while new clean energy systems have been installed in communities such as South Windsor, Granby, Hartford, Rocky Hill, New Haven, North Canaan, and Stamford.

“Embracing clean energy is an important step for all of our communities,” said Susan Bransfield, First Selectwomen, Portland, who encouraged municipalities to explore clean energy solutions. “It’s an investment in the state’s economy, in cleaner, healthier communities and in promoting a secure energy supply for the state. Clean energy is real, it’s here and it’s working for Connecticut.”

“As a state and a nation, our power consumption and the green house gas emissions associated with current electricity generation methods continue to increase,” said Bryan Garcia, Program Director, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, “Clean energy production, whether it’s through the sun, wind, biomass or fuel cell power, is a way to help an environmentally sound future. Clean energy choice and initiatives like the 20% by 2010 campaign are key steps in that process.”

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) was established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1998. CCEF is funded from a surcharge on Connecticut ratepayer’s electric bills. Connecticut Innovations, Inc administers the fund. CCEF invests in clean energy technologies such as biomass, landfill gas, fuel cells, solar, wave and wind and other initiatives consistent with legislative mandates.

SmartPower is a non-profit marketing campaign to increase public awareness and use of clean energy. For more information on SmartPower and the 20% by 2010 campaign call Jonathan Edwards at (860) 249-7040, or log onto www.smartpower.org.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) is Connecticut’s association of cities and towns. CCM represents municipalities at the General Assembly, before the state executive branch and regulatory agencies, and in the courts. CCM provides member cities and towns with a wide array of other services, including management assistance, individualized inquiry service, assistance in municipal labor relations, technical assistance and training, policy development, research and analysis, publications, information programs, and service programs such as workers’ compensation and liability-automobile-property insurance and risk management, energy cost-containment, and revenue collection assistance


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