CTCleanEnergyOptions for Your Business

An Affordable Way to Support Clean, Renewable Energy
Even if you’re not ready to invest in a solar energy system for your business, you can support clean, renewable energy. Sign up for CTCleanEnergyOptions on-line or by calling the supplier of your choice.

Support Clean Energy made by Renewable Resources

Municipalities repeatedly say that they would support clean energy if they had the chance. Now, it’s easy to make a big difference with CTCleanEnergyOptionssm.  This simple solution lets you choose a clean energy product through your electric utility with a small surcharge on your electric bill.

CTCleanEnergyOptions, a program approved by the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA), allows any Eversource or UI customer, including municipalities, the opportunity to support clean energy made from approved renewable resources such as wind, solar and biomass. The program was launched in 2005 and now includes more than 25,000 customers. Of 850 programs in the nation, it is among the top 10 in terms of customers and sales.

If you choose to participate, you will continue to receive service and billing from your current utility company. The clean energy suppliers will ensure that clean energy is delivered into the electric system in an amount matching your usage. A line item will appear on your electric bill showing a small additional charge for the clean energy product.

Questions About the Program

If you’d like more information about this program, contact the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov or call 860-827-2655.

How It Works

If you choose to participate in CTCleanEnergyOptions, you will continue to receive service and billing from your current utility company. However, the clean energy supplier you select will ensure that clean energy is delivered into the electric system in an amount matching all or part of your usage. A line item will also appear on your electric bill showing a small additional charge for the clean energy product. 

You can choose from two approved CTCleanEnergyOption suppliers: Northeast Clean Power (3Degrees) or Community Energy. Both of these CTCleanEnergyOptions suppliers offer 100 percent and 50 percent options, allowing you to choose a clean energy offering in an amount that represents either all or half of your monthly electricity usage. Entities in certain rate classes may also be able to choose a 25 percent option. 

You can sign up with either supplier, by selecting the "Sign Up" tab below. See below for additional information about these two suppliers.

CTCleanEnergyOptions Offerings

Northeast Clean Power (3Degrees) Offerings

OfferingsNew England Renewable EnergyNortheast Regional Renewable EnergyAdditional $ per kWh
100% Northeast Clean Power2.5%97.5%$0.0129 kWh
50% Northeast Clean Power2.5%95%$0.00645 kWh

 

Community Energy Offerings

OfferingsWind NortheastSolar NortheastAdditional $ per kWh
100% Community Energy99%1%$0.013 kWh
50% Community Energy99%1%$0.0065 kWh

Who are the Suppliers?

Northeast Clean Power (3Degrees)

Northeast Clean Power is Connecticut’s newest choice for local renewable energy. With your help, Northeast Clean Power adds up to cleaner air and healthier communities. When you choose Northeast Clean Power, you support wind, biomass, hydro and other renewable energy projects located in the Northeast, including New England and other regional states. Your participation not only grows the clean energy industry in our region, it also brings environmental benefits for generations to come.

Northeast Clean Power is provided and managed by 3Degrees, a clean energy supplier that provides energy through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates. 3Degrees provides green power and carbon offset products and services to Fortune 500 companies, utilities, green building firms and other organizations that are working to make their operations, products and services more sustainable. 3Degrees has been named the Non-Utility Green Power Supplier of the Year by the United States Department of Energy for five years in a row (2007- 2011).

For more information please visit Northeast Clean Power's website or Facebook page.

Community Energy, Inc.

Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) is building a clean energy future here in the Northeast and across the U.S. Founded in 1999 with the support of environmental leaders and energy suppliers, CEI’s mission is to ignite the market and meet the demand for fuel-free electricity by building new renewable energy projects each year. CEI helped pioneer the U.S. market for renewable energy and grow the availability of wind and solar electricity. With its customers and partners, CEI is bringing wind and solar energy to new markets and supporting project development throughout the US.

Today, over 100,000 residential customers have signed up for clean, domestic renewable energy. CEI’s customers are leaders, making a difference by building a clean energy future and benefiting everyone. The more customers who sign up, the more wind and solar projects we will be able to help build, including those right here in the Northeast.

For more information please see CEI's websiteFacebook page, or Twitter feed, or sign up for CEI's monthly e-newsletter.

Questions About the Program

If you’d like more information about this program, contact the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov or call 860-827-2655. 

Sign Up Now

Ready to make your choice? It's easy to enroll. Just find your account number on your electric bill and contact the company of your choice, either online or by phone, using the information below.

CTCleanEnergyOptions SupplierPhone NumberWebsite
Community Energy1.866.WIND.123 (1.866.946.3123)www.communityenergyinc.com
Northeast Clean Power (3Degrees)1.877.722.9190www.northeastcleanpower.com

Questions About the Program

If you’d like more information about this program, contact the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov or call 860-827-2655. 

Who is Eligible

CTCleanEnergyOptions allows any Eversource or UI customer the opportunity to support clean energy made from approved renewable resources such as wind, solar and biomass. 

A wide range of businesses, including manufacturers, retailers, grocery stores, hotels, restaurants, real estate brokers and other professionals are voluntarily supporting clean, renewable energy through programs like CTCleanEnergyOptions.

There are many different reasons businesses make this choice:

  • Achieves organizational environmental objectives such as reducing your carbon footprint, achieving LEED certification or exemplifying general environmental stewardship

  • Demonstrates civic leadership, including helping your host city or town earn points through the Clean Energy Communities program

  • Generates positive publicity

  • Differentiates products or services

Questions About the Program

If you’d like more information about this program, contact the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov or 860-827-2655.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I sign up for the CTCleanEnergyOptions program, can I choose an electricity supplier?

A: Yes. You can choose both a CTCleanEnergyOptions supplier and an electricity supplier. Your participation in CTCleanEnergyOptions will be added to your electricity bill.

Q: If I enroll in the CTCleanEnergyOptions program will I continue to receive my energy supply from my current energy generation supplier?

A: Yes. Whether your energy supply is served by your electric utility (UI or Eversource) or by a competitive supplier, your generation service and relationship will not change. No matter who supplies your generation service, the utility will maintain the wires and equipment and will respond to power outages.

Q: If I choose both a CTCleanEnergyOptions supplier and an electricity supplier, where is my electricity actually coming from?

A: If you choose both a CTCleanEnergyOptions supplier and an electricity supplier, your electricity will be generated from the sources supplied by your electricity supplier but matched with your chosen CTCleanEnergyOptions product. Because it works through the electric grid, this is the closest thing to generating your own clean electricity. Both CTCleanEnergyOptions suppliers report regularly to ensure that they are supplying the proper amount of clean energy.

Q: Why should I pay more for clean energy? Isn’t that the responsibility of my utility? 

A: We all share the responsibility of making clean energy happen. Utilities are required to provide a certain percentage of the overall electricity from clean sources like wind and solar. In Connecticut, that current requirement is 16 percent. Participating in the CTCleanEnergyOptions program is the best way for residential and commercial customers to encourage the growth of clean energy above and beyond what utilities are required to provide.

Q: What are the benefits of supporting clean energy?

A: Choosing CTCleanEnergyOptions provides environmental, economic and energy security benefits.

  • Environment – The CTCleanEnergyOptions program generates an immediate environmental benefit because electricity produced from clean sources reduces the amount of electricity that would otherwise be generated from nuclear, coal, oil and natural gas-fired generating plants. This helps reduce emissions (nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides, carbon dioxide and mercury) that contribute to ozone smog, acid rain and climate change. Clean energy resources also come without the environmental risks associated with extracting, processing and transporting fossil fuels.

    Clean energy also helps reduce the demand for traditional fuel sources. These traditional generation sources are becoming increasingly expensive and the supply will eventually run out. Opting for clean power helps diversify the fuel mix and will provide fixed-price electricity for years to come.
     
  • Economy – By participating in the CTCleanEnergyOptions program you are making an economic statement regarding your willingness to support the higher cost of producing electricity from clean energy sources. It demonstrates that you are willing to support the investment necessary to build more clean energy generation in the future.
     
  • Energy security – Supporting clean, renewable energy sources provides additional benefits for public health, energy independence, economic development and job creation.

Q: How much will it cost me per month for my home to support clean energy?

A: On average, Connecticut households use about 750 kilowatt hours of electricity per month. A typical residential customer who signs up for the 100 percent option would pay approximately $7.50 more each month. The 50 percent option would add approximately $3.75 more per month. The additional surcharge will be added to your electricity bill.

Q: What are some of the present sources of clean energy?

A: CTCleanEnergyOptions suppliers currently provide clean energy from wind, solar and biomass sources.

Q: How will enrolling in the CTCleanEnergyOptions program stimulate interest in producing more clean energy in the future?

A: It is the law of supply and demand. If more customers support clean energy, there will be greater incentives to invest in generation from clean, renewable sources. This is already happening in Connecticut and throughout our region.

Q: Are customers who choose to participate in the CTCleanEnergyOptions program subject to the same bill increases as customers who do not make that choice?

A: Yes. Your generation charges, whether supplied by the utility or a competitive supplier, are not affected by participation in the CTCleanEnergyOptions program. The CTCleanEnergyOptions surcharge is in addition to other charges on your bill and supports the amount of clean energy that is being delivered to the electric system, whether it is in Connecticut, New England or throughout the Northeast.

Q: Where do the CTCleanEnergyOptions suppliers get their products?

A: At this time, the clean energy supplied through this program is being produced in different parts of the region. The options include wind energy from the Northeast, solar energy from the Northeast, or biomass from New England. Clean energy from Northeast regional sources is subject to tracking systems approved by the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA - formerly Department of Public Utility Control/DPUC). “Northeast regional” sources refers to wind energy located in Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia or the District of Columbia. For further information on the geographic eligibility and approved tracking systems for this program, please refer to the DPUC’s Decision of February 15, 2008, in Docket No. 07-01-09RE01.

Q: Is the CTCleanEnergyOptions program of limited duration?

A: Contracts with the two existing CTCleanEnergyOptions suppliers are in effect from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2016. PURA will assess the program and make further recommendations in the future.

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