*Includes points for residential clean energy actions, including the installation and financing of residential clean energy systems and CTCleanEnergyOptions signups
** Includes points for commercial clean energy actions including the installation and financing of commercial clean energy systems.

Connecticut Clean Energy Communities

Statewide CO2 Emissions Avoided*

714,483

Tons

Statewide Electricity Savings*

1,118,417,437

kWh

Statewide Natural Gas Savings*

18,595,095

ccf

Statewide Installed Renewable Energy Capacity*

262,307

kW Class 1 Renewables


*Statewide information totaled from 2014-2016.

CO2 emissions reduced and energy savings is collected through the Energy Efficiency Board Annual Legislative Reports. Click here to view Annual Reports.

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Pledge Signed
10% Energy Reduction Achieved
20% Energy Reduction Achieved
Pledge Not Signed
Not Eligible
Clean Energy Communities are Communities who have signed a pledge to reduce 20% of their municipal buildings energy consumption by 2018.

Andover joined the Clean Energy Communities program April 2015. It is a small New England town, nestled in the hills of Tolland County in Northeastern Connecticut. Andover is managed by a Board of Selectman guided by Town Meetings. Several small rivers and streams flow through the town including, the Hop River, Burnap Brook, Staddle Brook, and the Skungamaug River. The Bear Swamp Brook runs through the Nathan Hale State Forest located in the northeast corner of town. The State owned Bishop’s Conservation Area is located in the southwest corner of the town and includes the 53 ac. Bishop Swamp (Jurovaty) Pond.
Energy Efficiency Participation
Households :   16%
Residential Rebates Redeemed :   2%
Businesses :   25%
Special Project Points :    0
Total Points Earned :    212
Total Redeemed Points :    100
Total Remaining Points :    112
How To Earn Points
100 Points=1 Bright Ideas Grant
- Every 1% of households who participate in Energize CT residential Programs = 6 Points
- Every 1% of households who redeem Energize CT residential rebates = 8 points
- Every 1% of businesses who participate in Energize CT business programs = 4 points

Total points as of Jun 30, 2017

Energy Efficiency Points can be redeemed for Bright Idea Grants. Click here to see what grant amount your town can earn.

Total Energy Consumed By Households
Total Electric Usage (kWh):   11,764,517
Total Natural Gas Usage (ccf):   406
Total energy consumption in 2017
Total Energy Consumed By Businesses
Total Electric Usage (kWh):   2,423,739
Total Natural Gas Usage (ccf):   0
Total energy consumption in 2017
Total energy consumed is based off of the most recent calendar year. Households include all residential electric and natural gas customers of Eversource, UI, SCG, & CNG. Businesses encompass all non-residential electric and natural gas customers (commercial, industrial, and municipal) of Eversource, UI, SCG, & CNG.
This Town has earned the achievement of Clean Energy Community SILVER LEVEL.
The Town signed the municipal pledge to join the Clean Energy Communities program. Click the icon to view this town’s signed
The Town has earned and used a Bright Idea Grant, click the icon to view this town’s signed documents and completed project
The Town has met their pledge commitment by benchmarking 100% of their municipal buildings.
The Town has completed their Municipal Action Plan (MAP). Click the icon to view this towns MAP.
This Town has integrated eeSmarts curriculum within their schools.
The Town has completed a Renewable Energy Campaign
The Town has completed an Energy Efficiency Campaign
The Town has reduced at least 10% of their municipal energy use and is halfway towards achieving their 2018 goal.
The Town has met their energy reduction goal of reducing their municipal energy use by 20% by 2018.
Bright Idea Grant #1
Eligible Amount$5,000
RedeemedDecember, 2015
Used grant to replace 11 windows with ENERGY STAR rated windows at the Andover Senior Center.
Local Clean Energy Contact:
Phone: 860-742-0188
Email:
Website: http://andoverct.org/
Committee Meeting:


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About Clean Energy Communities

Clean Energy Communities(CEC) is a nationally-recognized Energize Connecticut program to help cities and towns save energy and increase the installation of renewable energy. To join the program, municipalities pledge to reduce their municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent, attain 20 percent of municipal electricity needs from renewable sources, and take other actions to support the deployment of clean energy by 2018.

Energy experts from Eversource and United Illuminating work with municipalities to develop a Municipal Action Plan to achieve these goals, which includes benchmarking the energy usage of municipal buildings – this evaluation of each building’s energy usage is one of the first steps to identifying solutions to reach program goals. We provide municipalities with customized energy solutions and innovative financing options to complete energy efficiency work for the benefit of the entire community.

Public involvement is critical to helping a community reach its energy goals. Once the pledge is signed, residents and businesses that take advantage of Energize CT energy efficiency solutions can help their community earn a grant, ranging from $5,000 to $15,000, which can be used toward a community-selected energy saving project. These “Bright Idea Grants” can be used on a community-selected energy saving project, like the installation of an electric car charging station at town hall or new LED lighting for a school.


Community Milestones

These milestones were created to add another level of recognition for communities to achieve. Click on your town profile to see what level your community has achieved.

Attributes of Clean Energy Community Achievements Required to Advance
Bronze Community
  1. Clean Energy Community Pledge Signed
  1. Establish Energy Task Force
  2. Engage in Community Awareness of Energy Efficiency (EE)
  3. Earn First Bright Idea Grant
  4. Start Portfolio Manager Account & 1 fiscal year data
  5. 10% Residential ee Participation
  6. 10% Commercial
Silver Community
  1. Establish Energy Task Force
  2. Engage in Community Awareness of Energy Efficiency (EE)
  3. Earn First Bright Idea Grant
  4. Start Portfolio Manager Account & 1 fiscal year data
  5. 10% Residential ee Participation
  6. 10% Commercial
  1. Benchmark 100% Data from Municipal and Board of Education buildings in Portfolio Manager
  2. Redeemed first Bright Idea Grant for energy saving project or program
  3. Completed outreach campaign for residential and/or business community
  4. Achieve 20% Residential ee Participation
  5. Achieve 15% Commercial ee Participation
Gold Community
  1. Benchmark 100% Data from Municipal and Board of Education buildings in Portfolio Manager
  2. Redeemed first Bright Idea Grant for energy saving project or program
  3. Completed outreach campaign for residential and/or business community
  4. Achieve 20% Residential ee Participation
  5. Achieve 15% Commercial ee Participation
  1. Developed a Municipal Action Plan (MAP)
  2. Audited 100% Municipal and Board of Education Buildings with C&I Engineer
  3. Achieve 20% energy reduction goal (CEC pledge)
  4. Engaged in continuous outreach ee campaign
  5. Integrated eeSmarts Curriculum in Schools
  6. Implementing MAP recommendations
  7. Redeemed Second Bright Idea Grant
  8. Achieved 30% Residential ee Participation
  9. Achieved 20% Commercial ee Participa-tion
Sustainable Community
  1. Developed a Municipal Action Plan (MAP)
  2. Audited 100% Municipal and Board of Education Buildings with C&I Engineer
  3. Achieve 20% energy reduction goal (CEC pledge)
  4. Engaged in continuous outreach ee campaign
  5. Integrated eeSmarts Curriculum in Schools
  6. Implementing MAP recommendations
  7. Redeemed Second Bright Idea Grant
  8. Achieved 30% Residential ee Participation
  9. Achieved 20% Commercial ee Participa-tion
  1. 50% Municipal and Board of Education Buildings (if eligible) Achieve Energy Star Ratings or 20% EUI reduction from CEC base-line year (if ineligible).
  2. Establish Commercial Building Energy Re-porting Policy
  3. Promote Department of Energy Home Energy Score
  4. Regularly Updating MAP with new projects
  5. Regularly Updating EPA PM Account
Attributes of Clean Energy Community Achievements Required to Advance
Bronze Community
  1. Clean Energy Community Pledge Signed
  1. Establish Energy Task Force
  2. Engage in Community Awareness of Energy Efficiency (EE)
  3. Earn First Bright Idea Grant
  4. Start Portfolio Manager Account & 1 fiscal year data
  5. 10% Residential ee Participation
  6. 10% Commercial
Silver Community
  1. Establish Energy Task Force
  2. Engage in Community Awareness of Energy Efficiency (EE)
  3. Earn First Bright Idea Grant
  4. Start Portfolio Manager Account & 1 fiscal year data
  5. 10% Residential ee Participation
  6. 10% Commercial
  1. Benchmark 100% Data from Municipal and Board of Education buildings in Portfolio Manager
  2. Redeemed first Bright Idea Grant for energy saving project or program
  3. Completed outreach campaign for residential and/or business community
  4. Achieve 20% Residential ee Participation
  5. Achieve 15% Commercial ee Participation
Gold Community
  1. Benchmark 100% Data from Municipal and Board of Education buildings in Portfolio Manager
  2. Redeemed first Bright Idea Grant for energy saving project or program
  3. Completed outreach campaign for residential and/or business community
  4. Achieve 20% Residential ee Participation
  5. Achieve 15% Commercial ee Participation
  1. Developed a Municipal Action Plan (MAP)
  2. Audited 100% Municipal and Board of Education Buildings with C&I Engineer
  3. Achieve 20% energy reduction goal (CEC pledge)
  4. Engaged in continuous outreach ee campaign
  5. Integrated eeSmarts Curriculum in Schools
  6. Implementing MAP recommendations
  7. Redeemed Second Bright Idea Grant
  8. Achieved 30% Residential ee Participation
  9. Achieved 20% Commercial ee Participa-tion
Sustainable Community
  1. Developed a Municipal Action Plan (MAP)
  2. Audited 100% Municipal and Board of Education Buildings with C&I Engineer
  3. Achieve 20% energy reduction goal (CEC pledge)
  4. Engaged in continuous outreach ee campaign
  5. Integrated eeSmarts Curriculum in Schools
  6. Implementing MAP recommendations
  7. Redeemed Second Bright Idea Grant
  8. Achieved 30% Residential ee Participation
  9. Achieved 20% Commercial ee Participa-tion
  1. 50% Municipal and Board of Education Buildings (if eligible) Achieve Energy Star Ratings or 20% EUI reduction from CEC base-line year (if ineligible).
  2. Establish Commercial Building Energy Re-porting Policy
  3. Promote Department of Energy Home Energy Score
  4. Regularly Updating MAP with new projects
  5. Regularly Updating EPA PM Account
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What is Municipal Benchmarking?


Clean Energy Communities track buildings annual energy performance for all municipal and board of education buildings. Municipalities are asked to benchmark town buildings utilizing EPA Energy Star Portfolio Manager*.


Once benchmarked, towns create a Municipal Action Plan (MAP) detailing proposed energy-saving and renewable energy measures. Local governments are encouraged to vote municipal plans into action.


Beginning July 1, 2015, participating clean energy communities will provide the program administrators with documentation of its bench marking efforts. Communities will be required to submit municipal building energy consumption reports through Portfolio Manager or an equivalent report on an annual basis by the end of the first quarter of the following fiscal year.


*Click here for information about training and technical assistance on EPA’s Portfolio Manager online tool.

Energy Star

Bright Idea Grants

Bright Idea Grants are rewarded to towns that earn 100 energy efficiency points through participation in the clean energy communities program. Grant size is determined by town population. A town can earn up to three Bright Idea Grants. Grants can be used on eligible energy saving projects.


How To Earn Points

Residential Program Participation

For every 1 % of households who participate in Clean Energy Community residential programs, your Town will receive six points towards Bright Idea Grant rewards.


Residential Rebates

Every 1 % of households who redeem Clean Energy Community residential appliance and improvement rebates, your Town will receive eight points towards Bright Idea Grant rewards.


Commercial and Industrial Project Points

Every 1 % of businesses and municipal buildings who participate in Clean Energy Community commercial and industrial programs, your Town will receive four points towards Bright Idea Grant rewards.


Special Project Points

Up to 10 points can be earned for special projects such as promoting Energize CT programs, tagging @EnergizeCT on social media, hosting workshops, and more. Participant must complete a Special Projects Form and submit them through the contact CEC team tab.



Events

Towns are encouraged to host and/or attend local events to increase awareness and participation of energy efficiency in their community. If you would like any support for your event contact the Clean Energy Communities team. To promote your event, submit the details on the Energize CT event calendar to be added. To stay up to date on upcoming trainings, sign up for the e-newsletter.

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Education Programs

Energize Connecticut helps teachers and schools engrain responsible energy behavior in our students of todays as they become our customers of tomorrow. Our lessons cover a variety of energy topics including how to be safe, preserve vital energy resources and ensure a brighter future for themselves and the planet.

We offer a number of location-specific programs about the importance of safety, energy efficiency and using clean, renewable energy sources, including in-classroom guides and materials, online interactive education programs and fundraising opportunities that educate students while offering them the opportunity to raise funds for important projects in their communities.

eesmarts™

eesmarts™ is an energy efficiency and clean energy learning initiative, funded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. As an Energize Connecticut program, the objective of eesmarts™ is to facilitate students' understanding of the science, math and technology related to clean, renewable energy and electricity in order to create an energy-efficient ethic among all Connecticut students.

All eesmarts™ professional development workshops and in-classroom lessons fully align Connecticut State Science Framework, Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core Standards for Math and English Language Art.

We Offer

  • In Classroom Curriculum
  • Professional Development
  • General Workshops
  • Event Participation and Activities
  • Annual eesmarts™ Student Contest
  • Educational performances
  • Bus Reimbursement to Energize Connecticut Center in North Haven, CT
  • Museum Partnerships

To learn more about the eesmarts program offerings mentioned above visit www.eesmarts.com




Workforce Development

Green S.T.E.P.

Green S.T.E.P. (Sustainability Technical Education Program) is an Energize Connecticut collaborative for Connecticut technical high school students in the construction career cluster that’s designed to prepare them for green-industry jobs.


Three milestones per year for four years bridge concepts of sustainability, energy efficiency, renewables and green buildings. Students will bring the sustainable building and technology concepts they learn in the classroom into the field, where they will work with industry experts. Click here to learn more


E-House Initiative

The Connecticut Technical High School system’s E-House Initiative creates on-site laboratories for high school students and trade instructors where hands-on learning and green workforce development flourish.


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