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4/28/2014 - Bridgeport BOE, business recognized as ‘Summer Savers

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection  presented “Summer Saver” Awards to 11 organizations, including the Bridgeport Board of Education and 211 Main State, for their leadership and commitment to reducing energy usage and air pollution during the critical “peak demand” summer months of 2013.

“The combined efforts of the 11 Summer Savers Award recipients resulted in energy savings in kilowatt hours, peak electricity demand and in carbon emissions,” DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee said. “Efficiency efforts are of special significance in summer months when reducing peak demand can help reduce the cost of power and when reducing emissions from power plants helps prevent pollution that contributes to smog and climate change.”

The combined efforts of these awardees resulted in energy savings of over 381,354 kilowatt hours (or 381 megawatt hours) of electricity, lowering peak electricity demand by 618 kilowatts and CO2 emissions by 175 tons. To achieve their savings, the awardees utilized various incentives offered by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund Small Business and Commercial and Industrial programs available through the Connecticut Light & Power Co. and The United Illuminating Co.

During a recent ceremony at the State Capitol, gold awards were given to the city’s BOE for reduction by three schools totaling 53,517 kilowatt hours, or 21%, and 41 kilowatts in demand, or 23%; and 211 Min State for reductions of 23,556 kilowatt hours, or 20%, and 15 kilowatts in demand, or 21%.

The Summer Energy Savers Awards program was instituted to encourage and reward Connecticut businesses and institutions who reduced their electricity consumption during the summer months by 5% to 20% over the previous two summers.

Increased summer energy demand, driven almost exclusively by usage of air conditioners, plays a substantial role in increased consumer costs for electricity.  The Summer Saver Awards acknowledge the efforts of the awardees that reduced their use on peak energy days in summer when it is so critical to the state’s energy infrastructure.

Owners/operators of facilities that increase their energy efficiency or initiate conservation measures this summer are invited to apply for the Connecticut Summer Saver Awards.

To obtain an application or for more information about the program, visit or call Ginger Teubner at 860-827-2630.