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Teens In Green Canvas For Energy Efficiency

July 15, 2015

A team in green will be once again be canvassing New Haven streets this summer, hoping to improve the city’s energy efficiency. The team, members of the Youth Conservation Corps program, now in its second year, will take high school and college students around the city, introducing neighbors to the benefits of energy efficiency.

Outside of City Hall on Wednesday, the group of students, all dressed in green, spoke with neighbors about the Home Solutions Program from Energize Connecticut, where professionals visit apartments, homes and business to advise the occupant on how to improve their energy efficiency. The service is offered at a low-cost, with eligible residents receiving it for free.

Energize Connecticut Opens in North Haven

June 22, 2015

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection commissioner Robert Klee cut the ribbon to open the Energize Connecticut Center earlier this month while children and adults discovered energy-efficient and renewable energy ideas and solutions through hands-on learning in a fun-filled environment. The Energize Connecticut Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Labor Day.

New Energize Connecticut Center in North Haven - Part Efficiency Resource, Part Fun

June 10, 2015

Efforts by Connecticut’s two legacy electric utilities to promote energy efficiency and the public understanding of how they operate have taken on a new name and a new location. The Energize Connecticut Center opened recently at 122 Universal Drive, North Haven, CT. 

JAX Lands $1.2M Energize Incentive

March 24, 2015

To help its sustainability efforts, The Jackson Laboratory of Bar Harbor, Maine, received a $1.2 million Energize Connecticut incentive for its new Farmington facility, which has since been certified LEED Gold.

Prior to construction of the Genomic Medicine lab in Farmington, which opened in October, Senior Facilities Director John Fitzpatrick worked with Hartford utility, Eversource Energy, to utilize Energize Connecticut programs and create a customized plan to reduce the lab’s energy footprint.

C-PACE allocated $65M in first two years

February 10, 2015

Connecticut's C-PACE program allocated $65 million for more than 90 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in its first two years, according to a report by administrator Connecticut Green Bank.

The Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program allows business property owners to make energy upgrades with no upfront costs by providing low-cost financing where the monthly debt service is less than the energy cost savings achieved.

Malloy to propose $1B residential solar program

February 10, 2015

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will propose a residential solar credit program he hopes will attract $1 billion in private investment, he announced Tuesday.

As part of the legislative package he will introduce later this month, Malloy will propose a Solar Home Energy Renewable Credit program where owners of solar arrays on residential property can receive 15-year contracts from the state's utilities to sell the credits they receive by generating renewable power.

The News-Times Reports Construction goes ‘green’

May 2, 2014

DANBURY — Wilton builder wins award for Danbury house project.

BPC Green Builders is quickly becoming one of the leaders in the region in green building methods. The company, which is based in Wilton, recently won the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge for using green construction methods to build a home near Lake Waubeeka in Danbury that uses 90 percent less electricity than the typical house.

Know your options in the supplier market

April 21, 2014

Recent events in Connecticut's competitive electric marketplace underscore the need for customers to understand their electric bills and competitive service options to make the best choices.

Eversource launches Home Energy Reports program

April 21, 2014

Beginning this week, more than 340,000 Eversource (Eversource) customers will be automatically enrolled in a new, free energy-saving service called Home Energy Reports, an Energize Connecticut initiative.

CT’s energy programs spur solar demand

April 21, 2014

Nearly three years after Connecticut enacted a landmark energy law, demand for solar installations is rising — not at the same pace of neighboring Massachusetts, but giving the industry here all the work it can handle for now.

Today, more than 100 businesses are authorized to install solar photovoltaic systems under varying Connecticut incentive programs, which businesses and residents have snapped up even as installers have struggled to keep up with burgeoning demand.

Southington Told Nearly $1M Cut In Energy Costs Possible

March 28, 2014

New heating and cooling control systems, upgrades in some components and more efficient street lights and other devices could shave nearly $1 million from energy costs at municipal buildings and schools, consultants told the school board Thursday night.

Bristol gets grant to start energy-saving project

March 25, 2014

Efforts to encourage energy conservation have paid off for Bristol and New Britain, which each got $15,000 Monday for a new energy-saving project.

They were among 23 communities recognized by the Clean Energy Communities program, which is pushing to slash the electricity and fuel used by local governments.

State Energy Efficiency Board releases 2013 Programs and Operations Report

March 5, 2014

The Waterbury Republican-American reported that Connecticut last year used millions fewer kilowatt-hours of energy through participation in energy savings programs. The state's residents, businesses and communities saved about 285.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2013 by partaking in Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, or CEEF, programs, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board said in its 24-page 2013 Programs and Operations Report. The kilowatt-hour savings translates into a cost savings of $53.4 million annually and $630 million over the lifetime of the energy-saving measures performed. Read the full article (PDF).

Biz, residents saved $53M through 2013 efficiency

March 4, 2014

Connecticut's business, residents, and municipalities will save $53.4 million annually because of the energy efficiency measures installed in 2013.

The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board released its report for the 2013 detailing participation in its programs for the year.

C-PACE recognizes Middletown building for energy efficiency

March 2, 2014

An office facility based at 100 Roscommon Ave. was one of 13 properties from across the state recognized for their involvement in the first year of the state’s Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy or C-PACE program. 

According to C-PACE Director Jessica Bailey, the program helps state commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners access affordable, long-term financing for smart energy upgrades to their buildings. 

Cheshire amps up Solarize programs

February 19, 2014

The town’s 20-week solar installation drive, Solarize Cheshire, is ramping up its promotion with three events in the next six days.

The program is part of a state initiative called Solarize Connecticut that offers special inducements to residents in participating municipalities to convert to solar energy during their town’s five-month eligibility period. Incentives for new customers include solar loans and discounted installation if they use one of their town’s designated installers.

CT grew solar jobs 62% in 2013

February 18, 2014

Connecticut added 420 new jobs in the solar manufacturing and installation sector last year, bringing total employment to more than 1,100, according to a report released by Environment Connecticut.

Group says energy reforms in New England can reduce air pollution in region

February 3, 2014

A regional environmental group is urging Connecticut officials and those in other New England states to take a series of steps to reduce air pollution.

Environment Northeast, or ENE as it is known, released a report Monday called “EnergyVision: A Pathway to a Modern, Sustainable Low Carbon Economic and Environmental Future.” The 24-page report calls for reforms in four areas that the group claims will produce a cleaner, lower-cost energy system in the region.

Those reforms include making broader use of electric vehicles; modernizing the regional power grid; expanding the use of renewable energy; and improving upon energy efficiency efforts.

Esty talks climate change at Norwalk Land Trust meeting

January 14, 2014

With its commitment not only to renewable energy, but also in keeping the industry competitive, Connecticut is on the frontlines in the war against climate change, according to Daniel C. Esty, the state's commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Cold-caused power grid problems start to level off

January 8, 2014

Power usage on the New England grid leveled off a bit Wednesday as temperatures began to slowly rise. But prices were still running high – more than $300 a megawatt hour at times - as the Independent System Operator that manages the grid, ISO New England, continued to use more expensive oil- and coal-fired generation.

Middletown Council Approves Solar Project For Water Treatment Facility

January 7, 2014

The common council has approved a deal with a local solar energy company to install solar panels at the Higby Water Treatment Facility.

Under the contract approved Monday night, Greenskies Renewable Energy would build a solar array near the Mount Higby Reservoir that would provide 100 percent of the power needed for the facility during daytime operations.

Eversource program turns sunlight into dollars

January 4, 2014

Jonathan Duncklee admits that Connecticut's Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit Program may not be for everyone, but with patience and perseverance and an eye on the future, his heating and cooling business has been able to save between $200 and $500 a month on energy costs, he said.

Glastonbury Helping Residents Go Solar

December 30, 2013

The town will host an open house Saturday and a workshop next week to try to boost residents' interest in solar power.

Glastonbury is teaming up with the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority and SmartPower to offer "Solarize Glastonbury!" The program encourages the installation of photovoltaic systems at residential properties by offering discounts and other assistance. The initial meeting last month attracted more than 100 residents.

Energy program a winner with city residents

December 29, 2013

An energy conservation program has had great success with city residents.

That's according to energy companies and city officials who helped sign up residents for energy audits over the summer and fall which translated into energy upgrades to hundreds of city homes.

The program, called Energize Waterbury, is part of a larger Energize Connecticut program administered by the state's largest utilities Eversource and Eversource. The program is supported by local municipalities and the state and offers energy audits to residents at a deep discount.

'Energize CT' Turns Energy Savings into Opportunity for Berlin Youth

December 17, 2013

A partnership between the town and Eversource’s Clean Energy Communities program is helping support youth and encourage residents to take advantage of energy efficiency, starting with a $1,625 check to Berlin Upbeat on Tuesday.

Connecticut has focused on energy efficiency and conservation in recent years, aiming to become one of the nation’s cleanest state, and Berlin youth are taking full advantage of programs that will improve the community, save residents on home costs and provide funding for youth leadership programs all at the same time.

Energy conservation fuels green startup

December 9, 2013

Letecia Colon de Mejias was enjoying a fulfilling career in health care when a friend suggested they watch a film about energy conservation called "Killowatt Ours — A Plan to Re-energize America."

Jeffrey Barrie's award-winning documentary about taking personal responsibility to conserve energy and save the planet hit the 37-year-old Windsor resident like a thunderbolt.

"It was a pivotal moment for me," Colon de Mejias said of that 2009 screening. "It changed my life. It brought home the concept that we personally are responsible for global warming. I feel like everyone has a reason for why we're here on earth. Everyone has a calling. And I felt all of a sudden that all of these multiple skill sets that I've been developing over the years, that I could make a difference."

Pact Among New England States Aims To Spark Infrastructure Development

December 5, 2013

The governors of New England's six states have signed a rare pact to launch new major energy infrastructure projects that could help drive down heat and power rates in the region.

"What we face in New England is a serious energy infrastructure deficit," Connecticut energy commissioner Daniel Esty said in an interview.

Obama Directs Feds to Double Renewables by 2020

December 5, 2013

The White House issued a press release today saying that President Obama had signed a Memorandum directing the federal government to more than double its use of renewable power by 2020. This is the latest step that the President has taken under the Climate Action Plan that he announced in June.

SolarCity’s energy storage system now available to CT businesses

December 5, 2013

SolarCity, a California solar panel installer that has been building its Connecticut presence since 2011, said its energy storage system that uses Tesla battery technology is now available to businesses in Eversource territory.

RGGI wants to be carbon emissions model

December 3, 2013

The Northeast initiative that includes Connecticut wants the federal government to consider it as the model for reducing greenhouse gas pollution from power plants.

Associated Press: Conn. towns honored for energy efficiency efforts

December 2, 2013

Thirty-five Connecticut communities are being recognized for their efforts to improve energy efficiency.

The 35 municipalities will earn their first "Bright Idea Grant" through the Clean Energy Communities program. The grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 and can be used toward an energy-saving project selected by the community.

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Home energy audits: Spend a little to save a lot

November 25, 2013

Home Energy Solutions is a program sponsored by Eversource designed to help homeowners improve their energy efficiency. For a cost of $75 (electric or natural gas heat) or $99 (oil or propane) technicians from a firm certified by Eversource will visit your home with the goal of helping you reduce energy consumption.

Bristol Hospital recognized for energy-efficient upgrade

November 12, 2013

Bristol Hospital received recognition Tuesday from Eversource for a year-long $1.75 million project that it recently completed upgrading its infrastructure to make its facility more energy efficient.

Manchester Students Open New E-House At Cheney Tech

October 24, 2013

Howell Cheney Technical High School introduced its new E-House Thursday, a working laboratory in energy-efficient construction.

Designed and built from the ground up by students, the approximately 750-square-foot building is outfitted with solar energy systems, a wifi smart thermostat and other materials on the cutting edge of the clean energy industry.

Small Business energy efficiency workshop

October 11, 2013

Small business owners from greater New Britain are invited to attend a free workshop Tuesday to learn ways to reduce energy expenses.

Presented by Operation Fuel and Eversource, the workshop takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. at The General Haller Post, 112 Grove St. The material will be presented in both English and Polish.

The workshop will provide an overview of Operation Fuel’s “Project BEST,” which helps small businesses become more energy efficient while offering financial assistance and incentives for implementing energy-saving changes. The program is funded by the Energize Connecticut initiative.

Middletown's Clean Energy Task Force has Money-Saving Proposal

October 5, 2013

The City of Middletown is working to help its residents reduce their energy consumption, save money on their utility bills, and support the Middletown Tree Planting Fund by encouraging participation in the Home Energy Solutions program.

On Saturday, October 12, 10-11:30 am, the City of Middletown and the Middletown Clean Energy Task Force will host a presentation at the Russell Library, 123 Broad Street.

Windsor Company Makes Huge Green Upgrade

October 3, 2013

Windsor's Iron Mountain, Inc. cut the ribbon on what it hopes is just the beginning of of a greener future, Wednesday: a 902 solar panel energy system.

Atop the roof of its home on Kennedy Road, the international information management company hosted several local dignitaries, including Mayor Don Trinks and CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty, during a ceremonial unveiling of the panel array, which, according to Iron Mountain, will generate power equal to that used to run 33 homes for a year.

October is Energize Connecticut Month

October 1, 2013

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has declared October 2013 as Energize Connecticut Month.

The declaration is designed to encourage businesses and residents to make smarter energy choices, such as signing up for an energy efficiency assessment through the state's Energize CT program. Many of the options for businesses include incentive payments for improvements.

Hospital’s $30M retrofit launches CT energy program

September 30, 2013

The 144-year-old Connecticut Valley Hospital campus in Middletown will receive a $30 million renovation as the inaugural project in the state's new program to significantly reduce government energy consumption.

The Connecticut Lead by Example Energy Efficiency Performance Contracting program allows state and municipal agencies to partner with pre-approved contractors — at no upfront costs — on projects that will reduce environmental impact and cut electric and heating expenses.

Solarize West Hartford To Help Residents Save On Solar Power

September 25, 2013

A workshop is scheduled for Wednesday to inform residents about Solarize Connecticut, a program that offers discounts to residents who sign up to have solar panels installed at their homes.

Plan for new solar energy center

September 23, 2013

The state has taken another step toward lessening its dependence on fossil fuels.

The project along with a wind farm in Maine is going to help the state comply with a federal mandate to have 20 percent of its electrical needs met with alternative energy by the year 2020.

CT signs on for massive wind, solar farms

September 20, 2013

Connecticut has signed long-term deals with a 20 megawatt solar farm in Lisbon and a 250 megawatt wind farm in Maine in order to meet the state's clean energy goals.

Stepping Stones Museum For Children Presents Global Energy – The Musical

September 19, 2013

Starting October 7, Global Energy – The Musical will make a limited two-week return engagement at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Connecticut. This original production made its first run in 2011 and is a compilation of insightful writing of children from the United States, the Kingdom of Jordan and Rwanda with the music of acclaimed singer songwriter Tina deVaron and the professional theatrics of Child’s Play Touring Theatre of Chicago. This limited return engagement of Global Energy – The Musical is one of the energy exhibits and programs sponsored by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Eversource and United Illuminating.

Westport Aims To Boost Energy Efficiency, Help Neighbors In Need

September 18, 2013

Westport residents can lower their home’s energy costs and help heat a neighbor’s home this winter though the “Stay Cool Westport” energy efficiency campaign.

The campaign, being headed by the Westport Green Task Force, encourages homeowners to complete a Home Energy Solutions assessment — a service that lowers energy bills by boosting a home’s efficiency. Fees for all assessments completed before Oct. 31 will be donated to the Westport Warm-Up Fund, a program that helps income eligible residents heat their homes during the winter.

Residential Solar Energy Campaign Comes To Manchester

September 16, 2013

The town has joined an effort to boost residential solar energy.

Solarize Manchester promises to cut installation costs by leveraging group discounts. The effort is part of Solarize Connecticut, a program of the state Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority.

Blumenthal backs bill to make manufacturers more energy-efficient

September 16, 2013

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is backing an effort to get a piece of legislation passed that would provide new federal funding for manufacturers looking to upgrade to more energy-efficient technology, as well as for improved efficiency standards for federal buildings and new construction.Blumenthal on Monday visited Legrand North America, a West Hartford manufacturer of energy-efficiency equipment to call for passage of the Energy Efficiency and Industrial Competitiveness Act. 

Forecast: Region's Demand For Electricity To Rise Sightly Over Next Decade

September 12, 2013

Projections from ISO New England map a slight growth in demand for electricity over the next decade, a soft trajectory caused by a still-slow economy and effective energy efficiency measures, the electric grid operator said Thursday.

Fairfield plans to use more solar energy

August 28, 2013

Ed Boman, like most of us, won’t be around to see that the sea level has risen by three feet at the end of this century — as the world’s climate scientists have recently said it would, but Boman has done more than most people in attempting to prevent that from happening and in the process, the engineer is saving the Town of Fairfield a big chunk of money on its electric bill.

DEEP wants $109M increase for efficiency programs

August 26, 2013

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection today issued a draft decision that would nearly double funding for electric and natural gas efficiency programs.

Microgrids Get Big Test In Connecticut

August 15, 2013

One of the most underreported stories in the U.S. energy industry today is Connecticut’s ambitious electricity pilot project—one that could have a widespread ripple effect across the country. On July 24, state government officials announced plans for nine microgrid projects as part of a Microgrid Pilot Program aimed at ensuring electricity grid resilience and reliability during severe weather events.

Shades of green: ESPN installs solar panels to reduce electricity costs, help environment

August 15, 2013

The roof of ESPN’s North Campus is filled with a shimmering sea of blue solar panels installed this spring.

Eversource opens electric vehicle call center

August 7, 2013

Berlin electric utility Eversource has opened a new electric vehicle information call center in Windsor to help customers understand the technology.

Our View: Connecticut’s energy policy is paying off

July 22, 2013

It’s no secret that one of the major burdens businesses in Connecticut face is the high cost of energy. It is after all New England where winters are cold, energy consumption is high — and so is the cost of fuel to produce electricity for power and heat.

Earlier this month, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy singed into law a new state energy policy that builds upon earlier efforts to lower Connecticut’s energy costs, thus making Connecticut more business-friendly. According to a recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, those efforts seem to be paying off.

Temple Beth El in Stamford goes solar

July 22, 2013

Things are really heating up this week at Temple Beth El, with hundreds of solar panels being installed on the building's roof. The installation is part of the synagogue's three-phase effort to go solar and reduce operating costs while promoting environmental stewardship through the use of sustainable energy.

CT, Yale to run $1.8M federal solar study

July 17, 2013

The Connecticut Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority and Yale University will run a $1.8 million federal study to help lower solar costs, based on the Solarize Connecticut initiative.

CT only New England state with falling power prices

July 17, 2013

Connecticut was the only one of the six New England states to have its electricity rates drop in April and for the first four months of the year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Bethany wins award in the Energy Challenge

July 16, 2013

Energy leaders, including Commissioner Dan Esty, recently gathered at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to celebrate the success of The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge. The challenge was a three year community energy savings program that helped local residents save money, reduce energy use and give back to their local economy.

CT seeks to double vehicle charging stations

July 9, 2013

Connecticut officials want to more than double the number of electric vehicle charging stations this year, the state's Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced.

State Asks For Long-Term Clean Energy Bids

July 8, 2013

Connecticut took its first step Monday out into the wild world of contracting clean energy projects.

The state's energy department is seeking bids from clean energy project developers for long-term contracts as a way for Connecticut to lock in lower prices while growing the region's supply of clean energy.

CT Green Bank Closes On $60M Solar Lease Financing

June 28, 2013

The state's green bank on Friday closed on a $60 million deal that will finance leases for more than 2,000 rooftop solar systems for residential and commercial customers.

The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority used $9.5 million in state funds to attract more than $50 million from banks like U.S. Bancorp and a number of local and regional banks in Connecticut. The program will finance leases for about 14.1 megawatts of residential and commercial rooftop solar systems.

Bloomfield Receives $10,000 Energy Grant

June 26, 2013

Energize Connecticut, the statewide consortium promoting energy efficiency, has awarded the town a $10,000 "Bright Ideas" grant through its Clean Energy Communities program. The town, one of 60 in the state participating in the program, is the first to receive the grant.

Renewable Energy Growth Is Rising Around The World, IEA Says

June 26, 2013

Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will edge out natural gas as the second biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday by the International Energy Agency.

Solarize Mansfield-Windham extended to July 31 with new financing options

June 26, 2013

Solarize Mansfield-Windham is extended until July 31 to allow Windham and Mansfield counties residents to use new financing options available through the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority.

Is the End of EV Range Anxiety in Sight? Nine Strategies To Put EV Owners At Ease

June 20, 2013

In the early days of the automobile, travel required careful planning. There were no convenient places to fill up your car—gasoline had to be obtained at “bulk depots” located outside of the cities. In 1905 the first gas station was born. Early adopters of the automobile had what we now call “range anxiety,” a fear of running out of fuel. By 1930, the number of gas stations increased to 100,000, AAA was offering emergency roadside assistance to stranded drivers, and range anxiety seemed a thing of the past. Now, with the move to electric vehicles, range anxiety is appearing once again.

Sunrun To Offer Solar Leases In Connecticut

June 20, 2013

Another large solar company is leasing rooftop solar systems in the state. 

Sunrun, a San Francisco-based firm, announced Thursday that it is leasing rooftop solar systems to Connecticut residents.

The lease model has grown in popularity in recent years, with customers given the option to pay little or no upfront cost for the solar system. In turn, customers pay a lease fee as well as small utility bills for what electricity the residence still pulls from the power grid.

Bushnell lands second C-PACE project

June 19, 2013

The Bushnell in Hartford will be the second commercial property in Connecticut to use the new C-PACE program to upgrade its energy systems at no upfront costs.

The Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program allows business property owners to use low-cost financing to buy more energy efficient equipment and install renewable systems where the savings achieved by the upgrades exceeds the annual payments for the construction. The financing is made on the property, so if the land is ever sold, the costs remain with the new property owner, who would benefit from the new systems.

CT rolls out $6M food waste program

June 19, 2013

The Connecticut Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority has launched a $6 million pilot program looking for participants in developing plants that process food waste into electricity.

Walgreens to install solar at CT stores

June 19, 2013

Walgreens will install solar arrays at its Connecticut drugstores, part of the company's plan to solarize 200 stores in six states.

This latest expansion in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and California will bring the total number of solarized Walgreens to 350.

Solar Industry: It’s on us now

June 17, 2013

With the Connecticut General Assembly's passage of two more clean energy programs in June, the industry now has every available tool a state government can offer. 

St. Mary Receives Gold Award from CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

June 13, 2013

Saint Mary Church in Newington is the only religious organization to be recognized, and one of only three non-profits, to receive a 2013 Gold Award from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for its leadership and commitment to reducing energy usage and air pollution. 

West Hartford Sixth Grader Places First In State Energy Contest

June 13, 2013

A King Philip Middle School sixth grader was honored at a ceremony at the Capitol on Tuesday with an "eesmarts" award from Energize Connecticut. Sarah Lewis won first place for her grade level in the ninth annual contest, which requires students to answer prompts about energy efficiency and renewable energy through poems, essays, graphs or art, according to a release from Energize Connecticut.

Shelton Business Wins State Award For Saving Energy

June 7, 2013

New Castle Hotels & Resorts' Hilton Garden Inn, Shelton, won a Summer Savers Bronze Award from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for reducing their total energy usage by 5 to 10 percent in the summer months (May through September).

CRRA Caps Hartford Landfill, Puts Up Solar Array

June 7, 2013

The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority is putting in a six-acre array of solar panels on a section of its Hartford landfill. The solar project coincides with the authority's plan to cap the remaining 35-acre section of the landfill.

The cap and one-megawatt solar array will cost the trash-to-energy authority about $11.6 million and will make the landfill the first in the state to develop its limited-use real estate into a renewable energy project.

CT DOT to host electric vehicle expo

June 5, 2013

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is hosting an electric vehicle expo to entice businesses and residents to learn more about clean transportation.

Malloy inks solar tax exemption into law

June 5, 2013

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a law exempting commercial renewable energy installations from municipal property tax.

Energize CT to select four Energy SuperStars

June 5, 2013

An installment of the Energy Efficiency Fund's Energize Connecticut initiative will sponsor four Connecticut residents to become more energy efficient, according to a report.

The Energy SuperStars Challenge, with partners Eversource and United Illuminating, will select four residents in single-story or multi-level homes to participate in the program.

Power of Change Awards: The Town of Fairfield earns highest honors

June 3, 2013

The Town of Fairfield received Highest Honors for overall energy efficiency at the first annual Power of Change Awards, presented at the State Capitol. Fairfield was recognized by state and energy leaders, including Governor Dannel P. Malloy; Daniel C. Esty, Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP); Stewart Hudson, President of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation; Sabina Shelby, Managing Trustee of the Hampshire Foundation; Mally Cox-Chapman, Philanthropy Advisor of the Common Sense Fund, and state legislative leaders and energy stakeholders.

West Hartford Wins Two Power Of Change Awards For Energy Efficiency Efforts

May 22, 2013

The town and school district received top honors at Tuesday's Power of Change municipal awards ceremony for their energy-saving efforts.

The town earned "Top Town Hall" and the schools took first in the Innovation category in the first year of the awards, according to a news release.

Plymouth Center School wins energy saving award

May 22, 2013

Plymouth Center Elementary School is among the schools to be honored for their energy efficiency efforts at the new Power of Change awards.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Daniel Esty, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, joined officials from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Hampshire Foundation, and the Common Sense Fund, at the state capitol recently to celebrate the award winners.

CT giving $10K marketing for business efficiency

May 22, 2013

The Connecticut Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority has one-time grants up to $10,000 for business agencies in municipalities participating in the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program.

With C-PACE, businesses receive low-cost financing to install renewable energy or make energy efficiency improvements. The loan payments are made on a business's municipal property tax bill, and the payments always are less than the energy savings on the project.

Legislature OKs bill giving property tax breaks to businesses installing green energy systems

May 20, 2013

State lawmakers are proposing to give businesses that install renewable sources of power a break from local property taxes.

Lawmakers have heard complaints from owners of commercial and industrial properties that the additional property taxes on these renewable energy systems are negating their energy savings.

The legislature has sent a bill to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that would provide a property tax exemption for such renewable energy sources. The administration supported the bill earlier in the session.

CT's solar-tax exemption awaits Malloy's ink

May 20, 2013

Lawmakers on Monday sent for the governor's signature legislation exempting renewable energy installations at businesses from municipal property taxes.

The House's 119-14 vote came after the Senate approved the measure 21-12 on April 24.

Waterbury energy center to install 45kw solar array

May 15, 2013

The Energy Systems Sales & Training facility in Waterbury will install a 45-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, as part of plan to eventually manufacture Taiwanese solar in Connecticut.

Utilities' ZREC conference set for May 10

May 8, 2013

Connecticut electric utilities Eversource and United Illuminating have scheduled their bidders' conference for 9 a.m. May 10 to discuss the next round of funding under the state's $1 billion renewable energy credit program. The Zero-emissions and Low-emissions Renewable Energy Credit, or ZREC/LREC, program provides 15-year contracts for developers to install facilities featuring technologies such as solar and fuel cells throughout the state. 

Newington's St. Mary Parish Awarded For Energy Efficiency

May 6, 2013

St. Mary Parish in Newington was recently recognized by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for its commitment to reducing its energy consumption and air pollution during summer 2012. The parish was one of eleven organizations statewide to receive a "Summer Saver" award.

Windsor's Walgreens Distribution Center Awarded For Energy Efficiency

May 6, 2013

Windsor-based Walgreens Distribution Center was recently recognized by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for its commitment to reducing its energy consumption and air pollution during summer 2012. The distribution center was one of eleven organizations statewide to receive a "Summer Saver" award.

West Hartford Gym Honored By DEEP For Summer Energy Reduction

May 6, 2013

The West Hartford WOW! Work Out World was recently recognized by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for reducing energy consumption during the summer months. WOW! was one of three recipients of the Summer Saver Bronze Award, which is "given to organizations or businesses that reduce electricity consumption and demand by five to ten percent during the summer months," according to a news release from the Energize Connecticut initiative.

Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union and CEFIA Partner on Smart-E Loan Product

May 1, 2013

April 30, 2013 – The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) is pleased to announce that Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union has partnered with CEFIA on the Smart-E Loan product. Smart-E loans provide homeowners an affordable way to finance a wide range of clean energy technology installations by local energy contractors – including renewable energy, energy efficiency and fuel conversions – many of which offer households immediate net savings.  Nutmeg State FCU is a community-focused credit union with branches in Hartford County, a footprint in Hartford and Middlesex Counties, and membership that extends throughout Central Connecticut.

Senators to offer bill expanding financing mechanism to renewables

April 22, 2013

A bipartisan group of senators will introduce legislation this week that would extend a project-financing structure to renewable energy. Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) will unveil the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act during a Wednesday news conference, said Ian Koski, a spokesman for Coons. It would allow investors in renewable energy projects to take advantage of master limited partnerships, which currently are available only to oil and gas endeavors.

Obama's proposed cut to energy assistance gets icy reception

April 15, 2013

Some New England lawmakers hope aid to poor is boosted.

Washington - President Obama's latest request for funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program - LIHEAP - is again meeting with the cold shoulder from legislators representing the cold weather region of New England.

Berlin Seeking Way To Lower Natural Gas Cost

April 3, 2013

Berlin is considering joining about 20 other towns and school districts to buy natural gas in quantity to save money. The proposal, discussed by the town council on Tuesday night, is similar to an existing cooperative of about 90 municipalities that use their combined purchasing power to buy low cost electricity, town engineer Art Simonian said. Berlin joined the electrcity buying plan in 2011.

Bristol, Corrections, Hospital join CT efficiency program

March 27, 2013

Berlin is considering joining about 20 other towns and school districts to buy natural gas in quantity to save money. The proposal, discussed by the town council on Tuesday night, is similar to an existing cooperative of about 90 municipalities that use their combined purchasing power to buy low cost electricity, town engineer Art Simonian said. Berlin joined the electrcity buying plan in 2011.

EPA honors CT firms for energy efficiency

March 27, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has honored Connecticut's governments, its electric utilities, and a Norwalk hospitality firm for their commitment to energy efficiency. The EPA's Energy Star Partner of the Year awards honor organizations that seek to reduce environmental impact by increasing their efficiency. The Northeast Energy Efficiency Initiative – which includes the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and electric utilities Eversource and United Illuminating – won its 14th Partner of the Year award in 13 years for sustained excellence in promoting energy efficiency. Eversource and UI fund CEEF to perform energy upgrades and businesses and homes.

East Hampton Ponders Solar Energy Deal

March 20, 2013

The town is considering a solar energy project for two municipal buildings that officials say would significantly lower electric bills. But the officials can't say exactly how much the savings would be, explaining that it would reveal closely guarded market information. "What I can say is that these are very significant savings, and I underline the word 'very,'" Town Manager Mike Maniscalco said Wednesday. Maniscalco said solar arrays would be placed on a hillside to generate power for the municipal sewage treatment plant on Route 66, while a second group of arrays would be installed on the roof of Memorial School on Smith Street.

CT proposing regional renewable partnership

March 18, 2013

Connecticut on Monday proposed entering into a regional clean energy partnership with Massachusetts, Vermont, and other neighboring states to use their collective purchasing power to obtain renewable energy at competitive prices. "We have waited too long for renewables to come to us," said State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk), co-chair of the General Assembly's Energy & Technology Committee. "We want this to be competitive, and we want prices to be reasonable." By partnering, the states hope to bargain down prices on the power from renewable installations and create enough critical mass where energy developers can look at pursuing larger renewable projects.

What we pay for, when we pay for electricity

March 10, 2013

When the electric bill comes, we pay it. Faithfully. We like the amenities it provides -- refrigerators, computers, televisions, a lamp shining in the window when we get home at night. But have you ever wondered why people in Connecticut pay some of the highest electric bills in the country? Do you understand where your power comes from? What about all the different charges and fees on your bill? Is there anything you can do to reduce the tab?

Microgrid Projects Move To Final Funding Round In State Program

February 27, 2013

Microgrid Projects Move To Final Funding Round In State PrograMore than two dozen applications for the state's microgrid program moved to a final round for design and engineering, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Wednesday. The 27 applicants chosen by DEEP proposed electricity systems that would establish some form of local power generation with the ability to operate independently from the region's power grid. The capability has been increasingly attractive following recent widespread power outages caused by hurricanes and snow storms. The projects that were chosen for this next step were among 36 originally submitted and analyzed for feasibility by technical expects and the state's two major electric utilities.

Save money, energy with state programs - Talking Points

February 25, 2013

The lingering effects of the Great Recession continue to create challenges for Connecticut's businesses. Rising costs of doing business, increased regulations and global competition make it more important than ever for companies to operate efficiently and find cost savings that will enhance their bottom line. Luckily, in Connecticut there are programs available to help reduce a major line item in many businesses' budgets: energy costs.

Final Version Of Malloy's Energy Plan Released

February 19, 2013

The governor made public Tuesday the final version of his energy plan after months of public comment and debate over its hallmark feature: increased availability of natural gas. From draft to final version, the broad strokes of the "Comprehensive Energy Strategy" remain intact, according to an executive summary of the plan viewed by The Courant on Monday. Additions to the plan include a $500 tax credit to help residents with the switch to natural gas, a call to expand natural gas pipeline capacity, a further look at "large-scale hydropower," and a push to develop a cyber security strategy for Connecticut's electric grid.

“The Comprehensive Energy Strategy sets Connecticut apart by bringing down energy costs for both residents and businesses,” Malloy said in a written statement announcing the plan. “Focusing on innovative approaches to energy efficiency—cost effective renewable power, smarter building management, and expanded use of low-cost natural gas, we are reducing consumer costs, making the state more competitive, and creating good jobs with good benefits.”

UTC Power sold to Oregon fuel cell firm

February 12, 2013

Hartford conglomerate United Technologies Corp. on Tuesday closed on the sale of its South Windsor fuel cell manufacturer to Oregon's ClearEdge Power. The financial terms of UTC Power's sale were not disclosed. The sale was first announced on Dec. 22. UTC had its fuel cell subsidiary on the market since the second quarter, as part of its attempt to finance the $16.5 billion acquisition of North Carolina aerospace manufacturer Goodrich Corp. and reorganize to focus more on aerospace and building systems. ClearEdge decided to purchase UTC Power to expand its presence in the fuel cell market, particularly on the East Coast.

New Canaan students invited to partake in eesmarts contest

February 3, 2013

Energize Connecticut, in partnership with Eversource and United Illuminating, is conducting the ninth annual eesmarts contest for students in all grades. The eesmarts program is a K-12 energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy education initiative that annually invites Connecticut students to showcase their "energy smarts" about saving energy, efficient and renewable energy technologies, and sustainability through various media forms. 

A new tool in the clean energy toolbox

January 28, 2013

It's called commercial and industrial property assessed clean energy -- a mouthful of jargon that doesn't tell the uninitiated much, even with its acronym C-PACE. It's actually a reasonably innovative way to finance energy efficiency and clean energy systems and upgrades with low interest loans that are paid back through assessments added to property tax bills. If the property is sold, the assessment stays with it -- just like a property tax.

In Connecticut's case PACE can be used for projects in commercial, industrial and multifamily properties. It's officially operational as of a few days ago with a website and 11 communities signed on and another couple of dozen getting close, said David Goldberg of the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, which was designated by law to develop the program.

Why the Renewable Energy Industry Needs Green Banks – Opinion

January 16, 2013

On October 25, 2012, the world watched as Hurricane Sandy swept up the east coast. Over these past few years, we have seen storm after storm leave our homes battered, our possessions ruined, and our towns and cities without power for weeks on end. Most of us in the renewable energy world take it for granted that man-made climate change contributes to the increased intensity of these major weather events, and that renewable energy will reduce the already adverse effects of climate change. But the recent barrage of natural disasters has also revealed something else: the utility company model – based on the centralized delivery of a commodity product – leaves something to be desired, and solar power can help there, too.

The fact is that energy is a service, no matter how it’s provided (whether through gas-fired generation, nuclear plants, or one’s own roof). Rather than trying to sell capital improvements to risk-averse and cash-strapped customers, the clean energy industry needs to be in the business of offering a cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable energy service.

CT reissues RFP for food waste-to-energy pilot

January 2, 2013

Connecticut's clean-energy promoter is trying again to solicit applicants capable of building and running a pilot facility in which microbes convert food waste into usable energy. The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) in Rocky Hill announced Wednesday a modified request for proposals for a three-year, $6 million pilot program.

Council approves FuelCell Inc. tax break

December 11, 2012

The Connecticut Post reports that a polluted Brownfield on Railroad Avenue in Bridgeport, Connecticut, may soon be the site of a $65 million project representing the largest single source of alternative energy in the nation. The Bridgeport City Council recently approved a plan that would allow FuelCell Energy Inc., of Danbury, to pay personal property and real estate taxes totaling $275,000 annually for 17 years for the project. With approval, FuelCell can begin the process of obtaining loans from the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, one of Energize Connecticut's partners.

Solarize Program deadline extended

December 11, 2012

The Westport Daily Voice reports that home owners now have until January 14, 2013, to sign up for the Solarize Connecticut. The pilot program is being offered in four Connecticut towns and encourages residents to install solar panels on their homes by making them more affordable. The program provides group pricing discounts on the sale or lease of solar energy installations: The more homeowners in town that participate in the program, the greater the discount.

Energize Connecticut: Do’s and Don’ts of the Heating Season

December 11, 2012

The East Haven Patch reports that residents can get advice on the “Do’s and Don’ts” of winter home weatherization through the Home Energy Solutions program. Through the program, certified contractors evaluate your entire home including heating and air conditioning systems, lighting, windows, duct work and appliances to help you understand how your home uses energy.

Wolcott Elementary ribbon-cutting celebrates clean energy efforts

December 8, 2012

West Hartford News reports that a ribbon cutting ceremony will celebrate the installation of a 10.8 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system at Wolcott Elementary School in West Hartford. The solar system was earned through the Clean Energy Communities program, an Energize Connecticut initiative designed to help homes and businesses save money and use clean energy. Through the Clean Energy Communities program, West Hartford has earned a total of 17 kW of solar PV.

Plainville Wood-Panel Maker Hailed As Model For Manufacturing Efficiency

November 30, 2012

The Hartford Courant reports that Modern Woodcrafts, a wood paneling manufacturer worked with Energize Connecticut and its partners to designate about $134,000 in efficiency investments that ended up knocking out about a third of the company's energy use. Contractors installed new air compressors, thermostats, curtains to block air near loading docks, compact fluorescent bulbs, and motion-sensor-controlled lights in the warehouse. A variable-speed exhaust system was added to the finishing room and exit signs were changed to LED models. The upgrades were financed through a $52,000 incentive and a zero percent loan that was put on the company's utility bill. The loan payments and energy cost savings balanced out, so in the company's 29-month repayment period, there are still net savings. Annually, after the loan is repaid, Modern Woodworks will save about $35,000 in electric costs a year.

New Haven Fantasy of Lights features 'ENERGY STAR' display

November 20, 2012

The New Haven Register reports that Energize Connecticut unveiled a newly-designed ENERGY STAR® LED display at the 2012 Fantasy of Lights. The display is one of twenty-one displays that have gone green with LED light bulbs. These bulbs save energy, money and last a long time. They also enable the Fantasy of Lights to be brighter and more colorful.

Energize Connecticut to offer green building courses

November 14, 2012

The Hartford Business Journal reports that Energize Connecticut will start providing construction courses through the Connecticut Green Building Council beginning December 4, 2012. The courses will provide green professional building skills training to professionals such as builders, renovators, and building maintenance professionals, helping them achieve proper accreditation for sustainability in construction.

A Win-Win Program Saving Money, Helping Others

November 13, 2012

Shore Publishing reports that the town of Madison, Connecticut, and its Energy & Efficiency Committee partnered with Energize Connecticut  to offer local homeowners and renters the opportunity to reduce their energy costs and at the same time provide a donation to the Madison Foundation's Neighbor to Neighbor Fund.

Bridgeport Hospital ‘treats’ energy efficiency with care

November 2, 2012

Environmental Headlines reports that Bridgeport Hospital, one of the largest employers in the City of Bridgeport, worked with Energize Connecticut's partners to improve its equipment, conserve energy and save money. The Hospital participated in the Energy Opportunities and Operations & Maintenance programs to implement energy efficiency upgrades including new lighting sensors, an energy management system, and variable speed drives. The hospital is projected to save $357,108, or 2.2 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy annually, with a lifetime energy savings of $5,145,620, or 32.1 million kWh.

The Best $75 A Connecticut Homeowner Can Spend

October 27, 2012

The Hartford Courant reports that at $75 an Home Energy Solutions audit is the best deal in Connecticut homeownership.  Aside from a full-house energy assessment, the $75 covers some quick fixes: Technicians seal ductwork leaks, install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators and energy-efficient compact florescent bulbs throughout the house.

Connecticut officials unveil new E-House

October 18, 2012

The Register Citizen reports that Connecticut officials and Energize Connecticut unveiled the state’s second E-House  at Oliver Wolcott Technical High School. The E-House was drafted, constructed and assembled by Oliver Wolcott and Windham Technical high school students and faculty and represents a laboratory for learning green construction while promoting clean energy and energy efficiency curricula.

Mayor receives home energy assessment: O’Brien encourages all residents to take part

October 12, 2012

The New Britain Harold reports that New Britain Mayor Tim O'Brien had an Home Energy Solutions assessment conducted on his circa-1830 home and is hoping other residents will have their homes assessed. The assessment’s cost is $75, and homeowners can receive up to $700 of improvements in the few hours it takes to do the assessment. Possible improvements include; identifying and sealing air leaks from windows, doors, attics and ductwork; installing low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and hot water pipe insulation; and replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Hartford trash museum opens recycling exhibit

October 4, 2012

The Hartford Business Journal reports that the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority Trash Museum in Hartford worked with the Energize Connecticut to open a new Energy-Recycling Connection exhibit. The exhibit will teach visitors about energy and materials conservation.

Manchester, Middletown see green tech learning centers

September 17, 2012

The Hartford Business Journal reports that the former 32,000-square-foot Marlow's department store building in Manchester, Connecticut, has been renovated with various energy savings measures, such as ENERGY STAR® appliances and efficient lighting, with help from Energize Connecticut. The green improvements will be for twelve apartments. The building will also serve as a green laboratory for area students from Eastern Connecticut State University, Manchester Community College, and regional vocational schools.

Chelsea Piers Sports Facility Builds Energy-Saving Rink

August 30, 2012

Westfair Communications Online reports that the Chelsea Piers rink in Stamford, Connecticut, installed energy-efficient lighting and built a high-efficiency ammonia ice rink with help from Energize Connecticut. Compared with a traditional ice rink, the ammonia rink will save the sports facility more than $63,000 a year on its energy bill, as well as 7,562 tons of coal, 32 million pounds carbon dioxide, 9,000 pounds of nitrogen oxide and 18,000 pounds of sulfur oxide.

Connecticut Launches New Clean Energy Communities Program

August 24, 2012

The Hartford Courant reports that as part of the Energize Connecticut initiative, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority have joined forces to launch a new and improved version of the nationally recognized Clean Energy Communities program. The program incentivizes Connecticut municipalities to improve energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable energy. With the expansion of the program, communities across the state are being asked to renew their pledges to support renewable energy and energy efficiency. The addition of the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund as a program administrator provides support and incentives for municipal energy reduction.

Energize Connecticut Announces Winners of 11th Annual eesmarts™ Statewide Student Contest

June 5, 2015
Governor Malloy attends ceremony at the State Capitol to honor the 32 student winners from 19 different Connecticut cities and towns HARTFORD, Conn. (June 5, 2015) – Energize Connecticut, together with Eversource and the United Illuminating Company (UI), today announced the winners of its eleventh annual eesmarts™ Student Contest during a special ceremony at the State Capitol. The ceremony attracted more than 150 students, parents, teachers, elected officials, and clean energy...

Energize Connecticut Now Accepting 2015 “Zero Energy” Challenge Project Submissions

May 22, 2015
Participants to Prove a High-Efficiency Home Is Achievable with Current TechnologyWHAT: The 2015 Zero Energy Challenge is a design and build competition for single and multi-family homes built in Connecticut that will complete construction by December 1, 2015. Participants compete for cash prizes, while gaining exposure to media and various forms of technical assistance provided by the challenge sponsors and partners. Completed homes are assigned a performance score based on the...

Connecticut’s Eighth E-House Opens at Waterbury’s Kaynor Tech High School

May 19, 2015
Kaynor Tech provides students with hands-on learning for ‘green’ jobs as part of Connecticut Technical High School System’s E-House initiative Waterbury, Conn. (May 19, 2015) – During a special ceremony today, the Connecticut Technical High School System in partnership with Energize Connecticut announced the opening of the state’s eighth E-House at W.F. Kaynor Technical High School in Waterbury. The E-House initiative provides a clean energy and energy efficiency curriculum...

Connecticut Saves $81 Million in 2014 through Energy Efficiency

March 31, 2015
Savings and participation numbers up from 2013 as Energize Connecticut energy efficiency programs deliver huge energy, cost and environmental benefits to residents  NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – March 31, 2015 – More than 990,000 Connecticut residents, businesses and municipalities took advantage of Energize Connecticut’s home and business energy efficiency solutions in 2014. As a result, they saved $81 million in energy costs for the year, according to a report recently released by the...

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board Hosts Public Input Session

March 26, 2015
Public invited to weigh-in on the 2016-2018 Conservation and Load Management Plan NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – March 24, 2015 – The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board (EEB) is holding a public input session for the 2016-2018 Conservation and Load Management Plan. The session will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Gina McCarthy Auditorium, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT. The EEB welcomes...

Winners of Fifth Annual CT Zero Energy Challenge Announced

February 24, 2015
Homes from Brooklyn, South Glastonbury and Watertown recognized, take home cash prizes in nationally recognized program NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (February 24, 2015) – Energize Connecticut with its utility partners, Eversource and the United Illuminating Company, have named three winners of the fifth annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC), a statewide design/build competition for single and multi-family homes. This year’s competition featured 11 homes from across the state built...

Energize Connecticut Announces Statewide Student Contest

February 11, 2015
Eleventh annual eesmarts™ Student Contest gives Connecticut students the opportunity to creatively promote energy efficient and renewable energy technologies NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (February 11, 2015) – Energize Connecticut, in partnership with Eversource Energy and the United Illuminating Company, is now accepting entries for its eleventh annual eesmarts Student Contest for students in grades K-12. The contest is open to all students in Connecticut and the deadline for entries is April...

Connecticut’s Seventh E-House Opens at Danbury’s Henry Abbott Technical High School

December 17, 2014
Nationally recognized educational initiative provides technical high school students with hands-on experience, preparing them for “Green Jobs” post-graduation DANBURY, Conn. (December 17, 2014) – The Connecticut Technical High School System, in partnership with Energize Connecticut, today at a special ceremony announced the opening of the state’s seventh E-House at Henry Abbott Technical High School in Danbury. Considered the nation’s first high-school laboratories for...

Energize Connecticut Offers Tips to Help Reduce Energy Bills as Rates Rise

December 11, 2014
Budget billing, home energy assessments and heating loan program available for customers NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (December 11, 2014) – With higher electricity prices due to take effect in Connecticut January 2015, the Energize Connecticut initiative is offering several tips and reminding customers to take advantage of Connecticut’s energy efficiency programs to lessen the impact of these rates on their utility bills. Further, the utilities offer budget billing and programs specifically...

Stamford Residents Save Money Using Smart-E Bundle Limited Time Offer

July 1, 2014
 STAMFORD RESIDENTS SAVE MONEY, USE CLEANER ENERGY, INCREASE COMFORT, THROUGH SMART-E HOME ENERGY LOANS Stamford, Conn., July 1, 2014 -- The time is right to consider a Smart-E home energy loan. These attractive loans offer consumers easy, affordable, and flexible financing resulting in more energy-efficient homes.Smart-E loans are available in five-, seven-, 10- or 12-year terms. Maximum loan rates range from 4.99 percent to 6.99 percent. Qualifying Connecticut residents do not...

Simsbury Residents Save Money Using Smart-E Bundle Limited Time Offer

July 1, 2014
SIMSBURY RESIDENTS SAVE MONEY, USE CLEANER ENERGY, THROUGH LIMITED TIME DISCOUNT BUNDLE TO INCREASE COMFORT THROUGH SMART-E HOME ENERGY LOANS Simsbury, Conn., July 1, 2014 — The time is right to consider a Smart-E home energy loan. These attractive loans offer consumers easy, cost-effective, and flexible financing resulting in more energy-efficient homes. A new limited-time offer makes participation in this program even more affordable.For the first time, CEFIA is offering a bundle...

West Hartford Residents Save Money Using Smart-E Bundle Limited Time Offer

July 1, 2014
WEST HARTFORD RESIDENTS SAVE MONEY, USE CLEANER ENERGY,THROUGH LIMITED-TIME DISCOUNT BUNDLE TO INCREASE COMFORT THROUGH SMART-E HOME ENERGY LOANS West Hartford, Conn., July 1, 2014 — The time is right for West Hartford residents to consider a Smart-E home energy loan. These attractive loans offer consumers easy, affordable, and flexible financing resulting in more energy-efficient homes. A new limited-time offer makes participation in the program even more affordable.For the first time,...

New Haven’s Youth Conservation Initiative to Canvass with Energize Connecticut to Conserve Energy

July 1, 2014
Effort supports Mayor Harp’s initiative to cut municipal-building energy use 20 percent by 2018 The Youth Conservation Initiative (YCI) and Energize Connecticut, in partnership with the Energy Efficiency Fund and The United Illuminating Company, will begin canvassing New Haven neighborhoods on July 8, 2014 to help educate residents and business owners on the importance of reducing energy use through lighting upgrades and other energy efficiency services. YCI will canvass through...

The Great Bulb Exchange Shines Bright in Stratford

June 27, 2014
Mayor Harkins and State Representative Hoydick inspire residents to take control of their energy future On Saturday June 21, 2014, Stratford residents were invited to participate in the Great Bulb Exchange. This event, hosted by Energize Connecticut in conjunction with The United Illuminating Company’s Clean Energy Communities program, encouraged Stratford residents to take control of their energy future. Held at The Home Depot in Stratford, the Great Bulb Exchange gave individuals the...

City of West Haven Gets ‘Energized’ Through Natural Gas and Energy Efficiency Opportunities

June 26, 2014
Providing savings that could benefit both residents and businesses alike The Energize West Haven effort kicked off during a ceremony Tuesday Morning, June 24th, at 137 Lee Street in West Haven. This is an initiative that will highlight locations where residents and businesses have the opportunity to convert to natural gas, and adopt energy efficiency measures in the most cost-effective manner.Nearly 8,000 city residents are poised to convert to natural gas, and those that do not have the...

Energize Connecticut to Host Community Appreciation Day

June 25, 2014
Join the staff of the SmartLiving Center in a FREE viewing of EPIC as part of an effort to thank the local community for years of support of the center and our events. Refreshments and popcorn will be served for everyone to enjoy.Those who attend will also be able to learn how they can get on board to help protect the environment through easy‐to‐implement money saving actions. Call the SmartLiving Center at (203) 799‐0460 to reserve your spot!The Orange location will be closing on June...

Energize Connecticut to Host Community Appreciation Day

June 25, 2014
Those who attend will also be able to learn how they can get on board to help protect the environment through easy‐to‐implement money saving actions. Call the SmartLiving Center at (203) 799‐0460 to reserve your spot!The Orange location will be closing on June 27. However, during the transition to the new location in North Haven, staff will be available by phone to provide resource information and schedule future site tours. The new SmartLiving Center will feature new and improved...

ENERGY STAR and Home Energy Solutions Make for a Cool Combination

June 4, 2014
Energize Connecticut offers big savings to homeowners preparing their homes for summer weather NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (June 4, 2014) – As Connecticut residents already know, the weather can change at a moment’s notice and before we know it, the warm summer temperatures will be here. Energize Connecticut is advising homeowners that now is the time to ensure your home’s air conditioning (A/C) system is efficient, up-to-date and ENERGY STAR®-certified.As part of the Energize Connecticut...

Energize Connecticut Offers Tips for Homeowners on Selecting the Best LED Bulbs for Each Room

May 22, 2014
Counsels homeowners of the importance of color temperature in LEDs New Britain, CONN. (May. 22, 2014) – Choosing the right energy efficient light bulb for your home is now easier than ever thanks to new package labeling. Similar to a nutrition label found in grocery stores, the lighting facts label provides information that can help consumers choose the right bulb for a specific room.Why switch to LED light bulbs? Installing super-efficient ENERGY STAR® LED light bulbs can help homeowners...

The Great Bulb Exchange Lights up Derby

May 9, 2014
Mayor Dugatto inspires residents to take control of their energy future Derby, Conn. (May. 9, 2014) – On Saturday May 3, 2014, Derby residents were invited to participate in the Great Bulb Exchange. This event, hosted by Energize Connecticut in conjunction with The United Illuminating’s Clean Energy Communities program encourages Derby residents to take control of their energy future.Held at The Home Depot in Derby, the Great Bulb Exchange gave individuals the opportunity to receive two...

Energize Connecticut Helps Homeowners Select the Proper LED for their Home

April 23, 2014
Advises homeowners that lumens, not watts, is what’s important when selecting LEDs New Britain, CONN. (April. 23, 2014) – Energy-efficient advancements in lighting offer consumers an opportunity to reduce their energy bills. One thing that consumers can do to save energy is to install super-efficient ENERGY STAR® LED light bulbs. One LED light bulb can last up to 25 times longer and uses about 80 percent less electricity than an old-fashioned incandescent. There is an LED option for...

State Recognizes “Summer Savers” for Leadership and Commitment to Energy Conservation

April 22, 2014
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection today presented “Summer Saver” Awards to 11 organizations; including retailers, schools, and healthcare facilities, for their leadership and commitment to reducing energy usage and air pollution during the critical “peak demand” summer months of 2013.“The combined efforts of the 11 Summer Savers Awardees resulted in energy savings in kilowatt hours, peak electricity demand and in carbon emissions,” said DEEP...

Hamden Residents Capitalize on ‘Energize Hamden’ Initiative

April 3, 2014
Residents raised over $14,000 by receiving energy efficiency services HAMDEN, Conn. – Residents of Hamden made energy efficiency strides by participating in ‘Energize Hamden.’ Residents had the opportunity to sign-up for the Home Energy Solutions program, convert to high-efficiency natural gas, receive rebates, take advantage of reduced pricing and special financing on energy efficiency measures and heating and cooling equipment for their homes. As a result of Energize Hamden, 217 Home...

23 Connecticut Municipalities Receive Grants for Energy-Saving Projects

March 24, 2014
Municipal leaders recognized at State Capitol for participation in statewide Clean Energy Communities program and commitment to energy efficiency   Hartford, Conn. (March 24, 2014) – Twenty-three Connecticut municipalities were recognized today during a ceremony at the State Capitol for their participation in the statewide Clean Energy Communities program, an Energize Connecticut initiative that incentivizes cities and towns to support energy efficiency and renewable energy....

Energize Connecticut Advises Home Owners to Assess and Properly Insulate Their Homes

March 17, 2014
Spring offers the perfect time to prepare homes when attic temperatures are moderate New Britain, Conn. (Mar 17, 2014) – As the winter weather begins to fade and the spring weather moves in, it is the perfect time for home owners to assess any damage caused by ice dams and properly insulate their homes. Assessing the damage and correcting the insulation will prepare home owners for the cooling season as well as next winter. One of the biggest obstacles facing many Connecticut residents is...

Connecticut Saves $53.4 Million in 2013 through Energy Efficiency Programs

March 3, 2014
State’s Energy Efficiency Board officially releases annual report   NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – March 3, 2014 – The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board today officially released its 2013 Programs and Operations Report to members of the Connecticut General Assembly and other policymakers, efficiency advocates, and stakeholders throughout the state. This annual report details the steps that the Energy Efficiency Fund has taken to empower the state’s residents and businesses to use energy...

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Recognized

February 10, 2014
Hartford, Conn. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center was recognized Friday by Eversource (Eversource) and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board for the installation of new energy efficient equipment.   Connecticut Children’s Medical Center officials received a special plaque during a ceremony, held at the hospital’s Hartford campus, celebrating completion of the energy-saving upgrades.   Connecticut Children’s Medical Center worked with energy experts from Eversource...

University of Hartford Implements Efficiency Program Through CEFIA's Financing Initiative

January 29, 2014
Rocky Hill, Conn., January 29, 2014 -- The University of Hartford has signed on as the second college to participate in the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) sponsored Campus Efficiency Now (CEN) program, an initiative designed to advance energy efficiency in Connecticut’s private colleges and universities.The program has been developed in collaboration with the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) and GreenerU, to help colleges reduce energy costs and...

Energize Connecticut Reveals Initial Energy SuperSTARS Challenge Findings

December 16, 2013
West Hartford and Fairfield residents continue their Home Energy Solutions journey and learn next steps to improve home performance NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (Dec. 16, 2013) – As part of the Energize Connecticut initiative, Eversource (Eversource) and The United Illuminating Company (UI), are revealing initial energy assessment findings and recommendations of the first Energy SuperSTARS Challenge. The Energy SuperSTARS Challenge is designed to increase home energy efficiency practices and awareness...

35 Connecticut Municipalities Receive Grants for Energy-Saving Projects

December 4, 2013
Municipal leaders recognized at State Capitol for participation in statewide Clean Energy Communities program and commitment to energy efficiencyHartford, Conn. (December 4, 2013) – Thirty-five Connecticut municipalities were recognized today during a ceremony at the State Capitol for their participation in the statewide Clean Energy Communities program, an Energize Connecticut initiative that incentivizes cities and towns to support energy efficiency and renewable energy.Municipal leaders...

Trumbull Student’s Award-Winning Community Project to Launch in Trumbull Neighborhoods

December 2, 2013
Bringing Energy Efficiency to the Community One Door at a Time Trumbull, Conn. (Dec. 2, 2013) – When Trumbull High School student Anuj Sisodiya submitted his community project with dozens of others to the eesmartsTM student contest in early 2013, he had a vision to bring energy efficiency to his community one door and one lighting display at a time. Sisodiya’s project, “Light It but Time It” was selected, and he earned a grant to bring his vision to life. "I am honored to have been...

Get Started with Energy Efficiency: Tour the SmartLiving™ Center and Receive a Free Conservation Kit

November 6, 2013
The do-it-yourself kit includes an energy-efficient light bulb, foam weather-stripping, shower timer and other energy-saving items Orange, Conn. (Nov.6, 2013) – With the colder winter weather on its way, there is no better time to start making your home more energy efficient and reduce your energy costs. Starting November 1, 2013, as part of the Energize Connecticut initiative, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund will help residents get started on reducing their homes’ energy usage and...

Consumers Urged to Get Smart on Lighting Their Homes

October 28, 2013
Join the new lighting standard and save with High-Efficiency ENERGY STAR® LightingNew Britain, CONN. (Oct. 28, 2013) – Autumn is here and as the days are getting shorter, the lights are going to be on longer. Did you know that lighting accounts for nearly 20 percent of the average home’s electric bill? With daylight-saving time ending, energy-efficient advancements in lighting present an opportunity for consumers to make smart choices to reduce those bills. How can you as a consumer make...

October 2013 Marks First Ever “Energize Connecticut Month”;Governor Malloy Issues Official Proclamation

October 1, 2013
Month-long initiative to encourage Connecticut residents and businesses to be more energy efficient and to make smarter energy choices NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (Oct. 1, 2013) – It’s the small things that add up to make a big difference, and that’s also true when it comes to energy efficiency. In an effort to help Connecticut residents and businesses make smarter energy choices, Governor Dannel P. Malloy is declaring October 2013 “Energize Connecticut Month” with an official proclamation...