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Programs to Help Municipal Buildings: Save Energy Save Money & Help Protect the Environment. Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. Energy Efficiency Program Administration. Municipalities Bozrah Light & Power Groton Utilities Jewett City Dept. of Public Utilities

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programs to help municipal buildings save energy save money help protect the environment
Programs to Help Municipal Buildings:

Save Energy

Save Money &

Help Protect the Environment

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund

energy efficiency program administration
Energy Efficiency Program Administration


Bozrah Light & Power

Groton Utilities

Jewett City Dept. of Public Utilities

Norwich Public Utilities

South Norwalk Electric & Water

Third Taxing District

Wallingford Electric

CT Dept. of Public Utility Control

Electric Utilities

Connecticut Light & Power

United Illuminating

Natural Gas Utilities

Connecticut Natural Gas

Southern Connecticut Gas

Yankee Gas

Energy Conservation Management Board

Fuel Oil Conservation Board

achieving results
Achieving Results
  • Supports 1,500+ existing green collar CT jobs
  • Provide $4 in benefits for every $1 spent on programs
  • Ranked No. 3 state by 2008 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Scorecard
  • Energy efficiency is key to environmental excellence
efficiency first
Efficiency First

Your town’s energy plans should put energy efficiency first when planning for green energy projects.

  • Incorporate energy efficiency behaviors into home and work lifestyles
  • Replace inefficient appliances, electronics, technologies with highly efficient units

The cheapest kilowatt is the one not used!

It does not make sense to install renewable energy systems or purchase clean energy until you have reduced your energy consumption.

eecommunities program
eeCommunities Program

For Town Buildings

  • Sign up for EPA’s Community Energy Challenge. Benchmark town’s buildings to see how they stack up efficiency wise. Work with town’s CL&P Account Executive and eeCommunities Program Administrator Rebecca Meyer to access energy [need municipal officer permission]
  • Work with CEEF Utility Administrators to perform a high-level walkthrough to determine opportunities for poor performers
  • Receive technical assistance and financial incentives from the CEEF to help make energy-efficient improvements
epa community energy challenge ct towns
EPA Community Energy Challenge CT Towns











East Hampton

East Haven

East Lyme










New Haven









West Hartford






epa portfolio manager
EPA Portfolio Manager

Is 80 kBtu/sf/yr high or low for a building?

Even many building experts don’t know.

EPA Energy Performance Rating

Fuel Efficiency Rating: MPG

Is 10 MPG high or low for an automobile?

energy efficiency behaviors
Energy Efficiency Behaviors

Transforming municipal employees into energy-efficiency stewards

  • No-cost, low-cost improvements
  • Incorporating energy-saving behavioral changes into work lifestyle
    • Let employees know that the building is a poor performer and ask them to turn off lights and equipment
    • Challenge building occupants to reduce energy consumption
    • Track progress over two-three month timeframe to see if there is a reduction in energy consumption
ceef support high level walkthrough
CEEF Support: High-Level Walkthrough

Once town has benchmarked its buildings, a CEEF/CL&P Administrator and Account Executive will perform a high-level walkthrough to assess the town’s two “worst” buildings’:

  • Lighting systems
  • Building control systems
  • Age of HVAC systems and boilers
  • General overview of building envelope
  • Review of preventative maintenance and operations & maintenance processes

** High-level assessment is not an energy audit, it is merely a summary of Utility Administrator’s observations

after high level walk through by utilities
After High-Level Walk Through by Utilities

Municipalities should contact a contractor to provide suggested energy-efficient improvements, potential energy savings and project cost

  • Examples
  • Need to upgrade to energy-efficient lighting. Get lighting contractor(s) to perform energy audit on existing lighting and controls and provide proposal options, cost and energy savings
  • Windows are cracked and need sealing/replacement. Have a contractor assess current windows and propose multiple efficient options, project cost and energy savings
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eeCommunities Program

For Residents

  • Sign up households for CEEF’s two in-home service programs: Home Energy Solutions or WRAP (fixed or limited-income)

For Green Energy Task Forces, eeCommunities:

  • Help you organize and mobilize to promote energy efficiency for homes, businesses and your town!
  • Provide training sessions, i.e. Train the Trainer
  • Provide educational literature and materials
ceef programs can help your municipality save energy and money
CEEF programs can help your municipality save energy and money

Involve your utilities early on in building projects!



Dollar Savings


Pre Construction Phase

Post Construction & Occupancy


Capturing electric and gas savings during building design. CEEF offers custom and prescriptive incentives for installing energy-saving measures

New Construction, Major Renovations & Equipment Replacement


Encourages entities to replace functioning equipment with more energy-efficient options. CEEF offers incentives and technical assistance to help entities replace old, inefficient Lighting, HVAC, motors, etc. with other energy-saving measures



Small Business


Encourages entities to make maintenance procedure improvements that improve electrical and natural gas efficiency through changes and repairs. CEEF provides incentives for repairs or replacements, including Energy Management System maintenance [replacement of defective sensors, relays, etc.]

Operations & Maintenance


Program offers technical, engineering and implementation support to help entities optimize operation of their buildings. Incentives offered for energy-saving improvements, such as boiler optimization and demand ventilation

Retro Commissioning

financing ceef municipal loan
Financing: CEEF Municipal Loan
  • All loan specs are for each project
  • Interest free financing
  • Maximum loan term = 36 months
  • Maximum loan = $100K (CL&P); $65K (UI)
  • On-bill financing available

Qualifying conditions must be met

financing small business energy advantage loan
Financing: Small Business Energy Advantage Loan
  • All loan specs are for each project
  • Interest free financing
  • Maximum loan term = 36 months
  • Minimum loan amount = $500
  • Maximum loan = $100K (CL&P); $65K (UI)
  • On-bill financing available

Qualifying conditions must be met

small commercial industrial energy efficiency financing
Small Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Financing
  • All loan specs are for each project
  • Reduced interest financing
  • Maximum loan term = 60 months
  • Minimum loan amount = $2,000
  • Maximum loan amount = $100,000

Qualifying conditions must be met

ways to develop a project
Ways to Develop a Project

There are multiple options for financing and project managing your municipality’s energy-efficient improvements

option 1 performance contracting
Option 1: Performance Contracting
  • Allows municipality to implement energy-efficient measures without capital/bonding. Contractor collects payment for measures over time on municipality’s energy bills
  • If performance contractor is working through a government entity/group contract (Ex. CT Conference of Municipalities); municipality may not have to go out to bid
option 2 design build
Option 2: Design & Build
  • Municipality will work one contractor who will perform energy audit, design project’s energy-efficient improvements and build project
  • Contractor will manage entire project, including all subcontractors
  • Option gives a municipality speedy turnaround
  • Municipalities should request open bookkeeping process
  • Design and build option may not be allowed for some municipalities [required to go out to bid]
option 3 plans specifications
Option 3: Plans & Specifications
  • Municipality hires an architect, engineer or designer to develop plans and specifications for an energy-efficient project
  • Uses these documents for going out to bid for contractor(s) to install energy-efficient measures
option 4 small business energy advantage program
Option 4: Small Business Energy Advantage Program
  • Competitive bidding already performed by utilities
  • On-bill financing, zero interest loan allows for improvements without upfront capital requests
  • Annual energy savings ($) from energy-efficient improvements usually equivalent to annual loan payback amount
  • Program covers cost of energy audit by contractor
financing example
Financing Example

Town decides to retrofit existing lighting and HVAC systems for five buildings underneath the CEEF’s retrofit program:

Total Project Cost: $ 100,000

CEEF Incentive (40% of cost) -$ 40,000

Remaining Project Cost: $ 60,000

CEEF Municipal Loan* -$ 60,000

$ 0

* Municipal loan is zero percent interest with 3 year payback. Total energy savings are $20K a year ~ equivalent to annual loan payback amount of $20K. Payback is through on-bill financing (O&M budgets)

home energy solutions
Home Energy Solutions
  • Residential energy assessment of home ($75 co-pay for all heating types)
  • Energy specialists will come to your home:
      • Blower-door test (air leaks)
      • Professionally seal drafts, caulks & leaks in your home
      • Ductwork tests (for central air)
      • Install CFLs (up to 14)
      • Hot water-saving measures
      • Heating/cooling system rebates
      • Appliance rebates (clothes washer—electric & gas heat or electric-heated water only)
      • Insulation rebates (electric & gas only)
  • Free fuel blind program for fixed and limited income residents
  • Free residential energy assessment for qualifying homes
  • Energy specialists come to home:
    • Blower-door test (air leaks)
    • Professionally seal drafts, caulks & leaks in your home
    • Ductwork tests (for central air)
    • Hot water-saving measures
    • Evaluate insulation, if inadequate will install insulation for free
    • Install CFLs and lamps
thank you information literature and cl p staff are here if you need more information

Information, literature and CL&P staff are here if you need more information

Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund