Community Leaders in Clean Energy Receive Awards
The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) today presented awards to 22 community leaders in recognition of their support of clean energy. Awards were presented to 19 Connecticut municipalities, two companies and one university – all winners of CCEF’s 2008 Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Awards. The awards luncheon was held at the New Haven Lawn Club.
Timothy Bowles, chair of the CCEF board of directors, commented, "It is most encouraging to see the enthusiasm generated at a community level by citizens who are driving the demand for clean, renewable energy through the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program. Now more than ever, it is imperative that renewable energy be embraced as a viable alternative to fossil fuels in an extremely volatile energy market. I offer, on behalf of the CCEF board, my sincerest congratulations to the communities we honor today for their leadership and forward thinking."
Nationally-renowned advocate of “green collar jobs” and supporter of clean energy, Jerome Ringo, president of Apollo Alliance and immediate past chair of the National Wildlife Federation, delivered the keynote address. Timothy Bowles, chair of CCEF board of directors, also offered remarks.
CCEF President Lise Dondy and CCEF Director, Energy Market Initiatives, Bob Wall shared the podium in presenting the awards to recognize the leadership of local governments, businesses and institutions in supporting clean energy. The 19 Connecticut municipalities that were honored all became Connecticut Clean Energy Communities by making the commitment to purchase 20% of the electricity for their municipal facilities from clean renewable sources by the year 2010 and achieving certain thresholds of signups under the CTCleanEnergyOptions program by December 31, 2007. In becoming Connecticut Clean Energy Communities, each of these municipalities has earned a solar photovoltaic system paid for by CCEF to be installed on a municipal building of its choice.
The two businesses receiving awards both committed to purchasing 100% clean energy and, in the process, assisted their respective municipalities in becoming Connecticut Clean Energy Communities. One of the businesses, Curtis Packaging Corporation, has received state and national recognition for its environmental stewardship. The other business, financial services leader ING, has made a worldwide corporate commitment to purchasing 100% clean energy and achieving carbon neutrality for its business operations.
“We’re proud to be a leader in our industry and to continue to do our part to help protect the environment,” said Don Droppo Jr., senior vice president of sales and marketing for Curtis Packaging. “Our customers and the community recognize and value the commitment we’ve made to a safe and secure energy future.”
Catherine Smith, chief executive officer, ING U.S. Insurance, said, “ING is pleased to receive this recognition for our commitment to protecting the environment. We make decisions about sustainability every day at ING, and conducting our business responsibly around the globe is important as we continue to develop strategies to mitigate our impact on the environment.”
Wesleyan University also received a CCEF award and has committed to purchasing 1-gigawatt hour of clean energy from the CTCleanEnergyOptions program. This clean energy purchase helped Middletown to become the first Connecticut Clean Energy Community.
The awardees are listed below:
- Towns: Bethany, Branford, Bridgeport, Canton, Cheshire, Essex, Madison, Manchester, New Britain, Newtown, Norfolk, Portland, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Windsor, Woodbridge
- Businesses: Curtis Packaging Corporation (Newtown), ING (Hartford)
- Institution: Wesleyan University (Middletown)
Governor M. Jodi Rell said, “With the CCEF awards presented today, we celebrate a significant commitment to clean energy by communities statewide. The amount of clean energy they have collectively committed to purchasing each year would power annually over 10,000 houses – an impressive figure and one that demonstrates that, at the local level, we all can take meaningful steps to make a real difference in our energy future and our environment.”
Emily Smith, Managing Director, External Relations, Connecticut Innovations, 860-257-2337
Patrick McGloin, on behalf of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, 860-841-3921
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About the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF)
CCEF was created by the Connecticut General Assembly and is funded by the electric ratepayers. CCEF’s mission is to promote, develop and invest in clean energy sources for the benefit of Connecticut’s ratepayers in order to strengthen Connecticut’s economy, protect community health, improve the environment, and promote a secure energy supply for the state. CCEF is administered by Connecticut Innovations, a quasi-public authority. For more information on CCEF, please visit www.ctcleanenergy.com.