Southington was among a list of 145 municipalities that were honored on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Wallingford’s Oakdale Theater for their participation in the nationally-recognized Clean Energy Communities program, an Energize Connecticut initiative that incentivizes cities and towns to support energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The ceremony was hosted by Energize Connecticut, which is a partnership between the State, Eversource, The United Illuminating Company and Connecticut Green Bank.
Together, these municipalities collectively saved more than 1.7 billion kilowatt-hours and 18.6 million ccf through their energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts in the Clean Energy Communities program.
“The Clean Energy Communities program has played a key role in allowing Connecticut to emerge as a national leader in energy efficiency,” said Robert Klee, Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in a press release. “It is inspiring to see the progress we are making as a result of the commitment of our communities, as everywhere I travel in Connecticut I see local energy efficiency and renewable energy projects coming to life.”
Southington was a silver award winner. These municipalities established an energy task force, engaged in community awareness programs, earned a Bright Idea Grant and completed one full year of benchmarking municipal energy usage. 10 percent of the households and businesses have participated in energy saving programs and have completed 17 percent of their renewable energy commitment.
For more information on the Clean Energy Communities program, visit EnergizeCT.com/communities.