Middletown Regional Energy Taskforce Forum on Clean Energy Communities
|Date:||January 24, 2013|
|Time:||9:00 AM - 12:30 PM|
Location: Middlesex Community College
On Thursday, January 24, Energize Connecticut, along with the Middletown Clean Energy Task Force will host a forum on the Clean Energy Communities program, an Energize Connecticut initiative that incentivizes Connecticut municipalities to improve energy efficiency and promote the use of clean and renewable energy.
The forum will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Chaplin Hall multi-purpose room at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Under the Clean Energy Communities program, cities and towns pledge to reduce municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent by 2018, and to voluntarily purchase 20 percent of its municipal electrical needs from renewable sources by 2018.
The Clean Energy Communities forum will review:
- Clean Energy Communities program updates
- Best Practices– Learn what other communities are doing to tackle energy challenges, reduce energy consumption and utilize clean renewable energy through community outreach
- Bench marking your municipal buildings
- Energy-saving programs for municipal buildings
- Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credits (ZRECs)
- Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE)
- Solarize Connecticut, an initiative that encourages community to purchase and install solar panels at the same time to get discounted group rates.
- Clean Energy Communities upcoming awards
Through participation in energy-saving and renewable energy programs, communities can earn points towards rewards. For example, when residents or businesses in a municipality install a clean energy system, enroll in the CTCleanEnergyOptionssm program, or sign up to receive a Home Energy Solutionssm assessment, they earn points for their community.
For every 100 points earned for renewable initiatives, a municipality will earn a clean energy system equivalent to a 1 kW solar photovoltaic system. Earned systems could include a solar photovoltaic array, solar hot water system, solar trash compactor or solar-powered lights. For every 100 points earned through participation in energy efficiency programs, a municipality will receive a “Bright Idea Grant” ranging between $5,000 - $15,000 that can be used toward a community-selected energy-saving project, such as hiring an energy auditor to assess/benchmark municipal buildings or to leverage existing funds to make energy-saving improvements to a school.
To register for the forum, please visit the CL&P Seminar and Event Calendar at: http://www.cl-p.com/register.
About Energize Connecticut
Energize Connecticut helps you save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and your local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy-saving and clean energy programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 1.877.WISE.USE.