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Additional Info

Additional Info
 

In this section find useful links, how to change your company's listing information, and other information related to Energize Connecticut program activities.

COVID-19 Temporary Suspension of On-Premise Energy Efficiency Programs

The Governor of Connecticut has declared a state of emergency and governments, schools, businesses and citizens are all taking action to limit interaction and spread of the virus. Connecticut’s utilities are temporarily suspending any non-essential energy efficiency work and appointments that require a technician to enter a home or come in close, physical contact with other individuals on. This suspension began on Wednesday, March 18, and was originally dated to go through at least Tuesday, March 31.

On March 20, 2020, The Governor issued Executive Order 7H, which extends the order through at least April 22, 2020.

Please visit our Energize CT COVID-19 Energy Efficiency Program Update page and the COVID-19 Contractor Resources section below for additional information.

COVID-19 Contractor Resources

State of Connecticut Resources:

The State of Connecticut COVID-19 resources, general:

Governor Lamont is telling Connecticut residents to "Stay Safe, Stay Home." All non-essential workers statewide are being directed to work from home, effective Monday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. For the latest information, resources, executive orders, and guidance related to coronavirus (COVID-19), visit CT.gov/coronavirus.

State of Connecticut COVID-19 resources and Guidance for businesses and nonprofits:

Businesses and nonprofits seeking guidance related to Governor Lamont's "Stay Safe, Stay Home" executive order, directing all non-essential workers statewide to work from home, are urged to read the guidance provided by DECD at Portal.CT.gov/DECD/Content/Coronavirus-for-Businesses/Coronavirus-for-Businesses
The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has created a COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit dedicated to assisting businesses navigate resources and develop new resources. A dedicated phone line is available at 860-500-2333 to provide assistance to Connecticut's small businesses for this purpose.

State of Connecticut Shared Work Program:

The Department of Labor offers a Shared Work program as a smart alternative to a layoff. The program allows employers to reduce the hours of full- time employees by as much as 60 percent, while their workers collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages. All employers with two or more full-time or permanent part-time employees can participate in the program, which is not designed for seasonal separations. To qualify, the business’ reduction of work cannot be less than 10 percent or more than 60 percent.

State of Connecticut Waiver of Unemployment Work Search Requirements:

View the announcement regarding the work search requirements being waived by Connecticut Labor Commissioner at CTDOL.state.ct.us/COVIDFAQWorkSearchRequirements.pdf
Please direct your employees to FileCTUI.com and click the blue button to file their new claim for unemployment benefits.

Order extending the registrations of certain licensed professionals:

The Department of Consumer Protection is handling recertification questions on a case-by-case basis. If the licensing renewal requirements for a particular profession or occupation can be met through continuing education online by the expiration date, there will be no extension. Since most licenses can be renewed online or by mail, this should not present an issue for most licensed professionals. Please contact the Department of Consumer Protection License Division  or the regulatory authority for your license if you have any questions. The Department of Public Health is also reviewing the requirements to extend certain certifications and licenses, including for EMTs and others – expect more news in the coming days.

Non-Essential Business Closings Order:

Governor Lamont has signed an executive order directing all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities in Connecticut to prohibit all in-person functions effective Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

The governor is encouraging all businesses to employ, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work-from-home procedures that they can safely implement. The order excludes any essential business or entity providing essential services or functions, such as healthcare, food service, law enforcement, and similar critical services.
Businesses and nonprofits seeking direction related to the order are urged to read the guidance provided by DECD.

Emergency Child Care Programs:

The Offi­ce of Early Childhood is in close talks with the Governor, the Department of Public Health (DPH), and the state’s Emergency Operation Center regarding Child Care for Essential Workers. Based on the Governor's executive order and policy to stay safe and stay at home, please note that Child care is available for essential workers. Details can be found at: Portal.ct.gov/-/media/DCF/Agency/COVID-Emails/Child-Care-for-Essential-Workers.pdf?la=en.

For healthcare and first responders who are not able to find trusted family or friends for child care please call the 2-1-1 dedicated number 860.756.0864 for support.

Federal Resources:

General Federal resources for small businesses: 

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. Visit SBA.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources for guidence on loan resources.

Paycheck Protection Program: NEW 4/1 
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses (less than 500 employees, including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons) to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll (including benefits), rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Under this program: 

  • Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior
    average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount. 
  • Loan payments will be deferred for six months. 
  • If you maintain your workforce, SBA will forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and certain other expenses following loan origination. 

The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

The application has been posted on the Treasury Department’s CARES Act resource page as of Tuesday afternoon. After you gather the information described on the application form you should contact your bank or an approved lending institution to start the application process.

The Small Business Administration has a network of at least 1,800 approved lenders that process small business loans and intends to add more of them. If your bank is not an SBA-approved lender or you don’t have an existing banking relationship, you can contact the SBA to find one.  
PPP Fact Sheet (For Borrowers) 

Federal small businesses Disaster Loan Assistance Program: 

Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) of up to $2 million dollars are now available for small businesses and nonprofits in Massachusetts that have been negatively financially impacted by COVID-19. You can apply for a small business Disaster Loan at Disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the “Act”):

Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave.  Read Newswire, IR 2020-57, which clarifies what benefits are provided and how they will be fully subsidized through a refundable payroll tax credit under the Act (and a similar credit for self-employed individuals).

Federal Legislative Relief Efforts:

On March 19, 2020, Senate Republicans introduced the third federal legislative package addressing the coronavirus pandemic, dubbed the CARES Act — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Congress is currently negotiating the provisions of this proposed bill. One of the most important provision in this bill would allow businesses with fewer than 500 employees to apply for fee-free loans of up to $10 million that could help cover payroll, employee salaries, mortgages, rent and some other debt obligations. The portion of the loan used by small businesses to cover their payrolls could be forgiven if businesses retain their employees through the end of June 30, 2020. Additionally, the CARES bill would defer the payment of employer-side payroll taxes until 2021 and 2022, with half of payroll taxes for 2020 due by Dec. 31, 2021, and the other half due by Dec. 31, 2022. The bill in its current form also contains provisions which would limit some of the emergency sick leave and family medical leave payments recently established in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The bill is going through a process of revisions before becoming law, we will provide updates once it becomes official.

How to Find Out More About Programs

The best way to find out more about programs is to contact the utility company or CT Green Bank directly. Refer to the tabs below for program specific contacts. 

You can also contact 1-877-WISE-USE or use our Contact Us form.

How to Change Your Company's Listing Information

Companies are listed on the Find a Contractor tool based on their participation in an Energize CT program. Please contact the appropriate utility or CT Green Bank program manager to have changes made to an address and/or services. If you are unsure who to contact you can also send in a request by email with our Contact Us form.

Residential New Construction Program Contacts


Please contact the respective program administrator based on where the residence is being constructed.

UI CustomersEversource Customers
Call 877-WISE-USEProgram Administrator
(877) 947-3873Nicholas Jones
(860) 665-5825
 nicholas.jones@eversource.com 
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