Clean Energy Communities Debut in Connecticut
The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) launched a new program on November 16 to encourage cities and towns to purchase renewable energy. The program, called Connecticut's Clean Energy Communities, is a collaboration between CCEF, SmartPower, and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. The program targets municipalities by encouraging them to:
- Commit to the state's goal of meeting 20% of their electricity requirements from renewable energy resources by 2010.
- Sign up local businesses and residents for green power offerings from Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating.
- Commit to investing the savings from energy efficiency into additional purchases of clean energy.
CCEF uses funds collected from a small surcharge on electricity bills to invest in clean energy technologies such as biomass, landfill gas, fuel cells, solar, wave, and wind energy. SmartPower is a nonprofit marketing campaign designed to encourage Connecticut citizens to purchase renewable energy and help meet the state's goal of meeting 20% of its electricity needs from renewable energy by 2010. For more information, see the CCEF's November 16 press release.