U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Water Power Program
Connecticut and Moab, Utah, Show Support for Green Power
December 8, 2004
Here's a good deal for municipalities in Connecticut: Commit to buying
20 percent green power by 2010, and earn a free solar energy system.
The offer, announced by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) in November, launched the state's new Clean Energy Communities program,
which will let the state's cities and towns pitch in on efforts to
promote renewable energy in the state. According to CCEF, New Haven
and Portland have already committed to buy 20 percent green power by
2010. See the CCEF press release.
While its mostly a matter of will and budget for towns to buy green
power for their own facilities, getting all the town's residents to do
so as well can be quite a struggle. That's why Moab, Utah, stands out
as the nation's first "Green Power Community." Four percent of the
electricity used in the entire Moab area community is now supplied by
green power, an achievement that comes from the combined efforts of a
committee of citizens, business leaders, and public officials, as well
as the help of Utah Clean Energy and Utah Power. Although the town
achieved its goal in August, it was officially recognized for the
achievement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in
November. See the EPA Region 8 press release.