Town signs CLean Energy pledge
Glastonbury - posted Jun, 19 2013
GLASTONBURY - The town of Glastonbury has signed a pledge to recommit the town to 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. Energize Connecticut helps homes and businesses save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the state, and local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Under the Clean Energy Communities program, Glastonbury pledges to reduce its municipal building energy consumption 20 percent by 2018, and to voluntarily purchase 20 percent of its municipal electrical needs from renewable sources by 2018. Since January 2006, Glastonbury has been a statewide leader in promoting energy efficiency and clean energy use. The Town of Glastonbury is a municipal leader in the energy efficiency and clean energy programs that are offered through Energize Connecticut. All Glastonbury town buildings have been energy benchmarked, essentially creating a scorecard on how efficiently the facilities operate. This scorecard helps the town efficiently direct its efforts to energy-saving measures in town buildings and receive valuable incentives from the Energy Efficiency Fund to help fund the retrofits. This includes the installation of high-efficiency lighting, occupancy sensors, energy-saving HVAC systems, vending misers on cold drink vending machines, energy-saving software on computer servers, and lighting timers at sporting venues and parking areas around town to limit the time lighting can be operated.