More than 145 Connecticut municipalities were honored Wednesday, October 14, 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. Among the honorees was the Town of Woodbridge being celebrated as a silver recipient.
The ceremony was highlighted by keynote speaker Lynne Hamjian, the deputy director of the office of ecosystem protection for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Robert Klee was also in attendance to congratulate the participants. David McHale from Eversource, Patrick McDonnell from The United Illuminating Company and Bryan Garcia from the Connecticut Green Bank were there as well to honor these outstanding communities.
How did Woodbridge earn its award?
- Benchmarked 100 percent of municipal and board of education buildings;
- Currently engaged in town-wide Home Energy Solutions and Solar initiative;
- 472 (15 percent) homes have participated in residential programs;
- 63 (13 percent) business and municipal energy-saving projects have been completed;
- Installed a solar photovoltaic system at Massaro Farm and Amity High School; and
- Woodbridge is a C-PACE Community.
For more information on the Clean Energy Communities program, visit EnergizeCT.com/communities.
Lynne Hamjian, deputy director of the office of ecosystem protection, Environmental Protection Agency New England; David McHale, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Eversource; Bryan Garcia, president and chief executive officer, The Connecticut Green Bank; Lorenzina Ferrante, member, Woodbridge Clean Energy Task Force; Lisa Giglio-Connor, member, Woodbridge Clean Energy Task Force; Patrick McDonnell, director of conservation and load management, The United Illuminating Company; Robert Klee, commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.