Energy efficiency fund wins leadership award

The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund has received the Association of Energy Engineers-Connecticut Chapter's "Leadership Award in Energy Efficiency."

The fund is being recognized for its work in helping Connecticut organizations advance the efficient use of energy, reduce air pollution and negative environmental impacts, and promote energy security, resulting in cost savings and greener, more sustainable organizations.

In 2010, about 2,500 businesses in Connecticut participated in a fund program along with nearly 25,000 residents who received in-home services and thousands more who purchased compact fluorescent lamps at a discount provided by the fund or redeemed a rebate for a new ENERGY STAR appliance, said Rich Steeves, chairman of the Energy Efficiency Board.

Connecticut businesses, families and municipalities are projected to save nearly $51 million in energy costs in 2010 as a result of energy saved through fund programs. The programs are administered by Connecticut Light & Power, United Illuminating and the natural gas utilities with guidance from the Energy Efficiency Board and oversight by the state Department of Public Utility Control.

The AEE-CT, an organization that promotes energy education and fosters action for sustainable energy efficient development, presented the award to the fund at a ceremony at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford on Nov. 30, Twain's 175th birthday.

"The fund was chosen for this leadership award because of its involvement in our award-winning energy efficiency projects. In fact, they are typically involved in all of our projects," said Dan Wheatley, a certified energy engineer and AEE-CT president.

At the event, the Mark Twain House & Museum also received an "Excellence in Design and Engineering Energy Award" for its participation in the fund's Small Business Energy Advantage program.

p.daddona@theday.com

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