Shelton’s energy efficiency efforts are recognized

The city of Shelton has been recognized for its commitment to energy efficiency by the state’s Clean Energy Communities program.

Shelton will receive the maximum $15,000 Bright Idea Grant to use on an energy-saving project. It was one of 23 municipalities to recently receive a grant of $5,000 to $15,000 through the program.

During a recent ceremony at the state Capitol, the city was presented with a plaque by representatives of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Energy Efficiency Board, Northeast Utilities, and United Illuminating Co.

Goal: Reduce energy use by 20%

Under the Clean Energy Communities program, municipalities sign a pledge to reduce municipal building energy consumption by 20% by 2018, and to attain 20%t of municipal electricity from renewable sources by 2018.

Through community-wide participation in energy-saving and renewable energy programs, including resident and business participation, a community can receives point toward rewards, including Bright Idea Grants.

To date, 92 Connecticut cities and towns have signed the pledge to support both renewable and energy efficiency initiatives. The state has 169 municipalities. Shelton joined the program in 2013.

How energy is being saved

The city has saved energy by installing a new high-efficiency chiller in the high school, and is now retro-commissioning the Shelton Community Center and benchmarking all city and school buildings.

Almost 1,300 Shelton homes (8% of the community) have participated in residential energy-efficiency programs.

Legislative praise for accomplishment

The city’s three state legislators praised the recognition of Shelton for its efforts.

“Shelton made an impressive city-wide commitment to embrace energy efficiency,” said state Sen. Kevin Kelly. “Over the past year we saw many energy upgrades in both municipal buildings and private homes.”

“Shelton stands out as a leader in municipal clean energy initiatives,” said state Rep. Jason Perillo. “Our community made a priority of reducing energy consumption while championing strong environmental citizenship.

"Clearly the residents of Shelton share our commitment to cleaner energy use and consumption," Perillo said.

State Rep. Larry Miller said the Bright Idea Grant “is a tremendous recognition of the commitment of the Shelton community to reducing energy waste and increasing environmental responsibility.”