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Connecticut to Issue Grants for Microgrid Energy Projects

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is making funds available for a new round of microgrid projects that generate power for facilities such as hospitals and wastewater treatment facilities.

DEEP will accept applications for the program, which provides matching funds and/or low-interest loans, beginning Sept. 1 until Jan. 1.

The microgrid initiative was developed in 2012. It stems from a recommendation from the Governor's Two Storm Panel, a group formed after two major storms that caused widespread electricity outages for long periods of time. DEEP has so far issued $20.5 million in grants for 10 projects. To date, six microgrids are operational and four are under construction.

DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee says microgrids are crucial to making the state's electrical supply more resilient and reliable.

Read the story from NBC Connecticut.

Click here for more information on CT DEEP's microgrid grants.

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DEEP Releases Updated Comprehensive Energy Strategy.

On July 26, 2017, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) released an update to its Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) for the State. According to DEEP, the CES will "advance the State's goal to create a cheaper, cleaner, more reliable energy future for Connecticut's residents and businesses."

The full report and an executive summary can be access from DEEP's website. Chapter Two is dedicated to the building sector.

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Green Bank gets prestigious gov’t award

The Connecticut Green Bank beat out approximately 500 competitors for a government innovation award from Harvard University, which comes with a $100,000 prize.

The Innovations in American Government Award is presented by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, part of Harvard's Kennedy School. The award began in 1985 and is now given biennially.

Harvard said it chose the Green Bank to recognize its first-of-a-kind status in the United States and its leadership in green financing innovation. The bank, formerly called the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, says it has helped drive $1 billion worth of clean energy investment in Connecticut.

Harvard judges rate programs for their novelty, effectiveness, significance and transferability.

"The Connecticut Green Bank is an exemplar of how states can meet their climate change reduction targets by working to leverage private-sector dollars to help finance green energy infrastructure," Stephen Goldsmith, a professor and director of the awards program, said in a statement. "The success of Connecticut's Green Bank is spurring the adoption of similar efforts by states and cities across the country, and illustrates how Hartford's innovative approach to green energy financing can create jobs, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and lower energy bills."

Green Bank spokesman Craig Connolly said the quasi-public agency will use the award money to help further its Green Bank Academy in Washington, D.C., launched several years ago to teach other states about green financing.

The academy is also sponsored by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and the Coalition for Green Capital

Connecticut last received Harvard's award in 2006, when the university recognized the state's Supportive Housing Pilots Initiative.


 

Link to the full article from the Hartford Business Journal.

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The top 5 green building stories in 2016

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) reports that buildings are the largest contributors to climate change through carbon emissions. They are responsible for around 30 to 40 per cent of global energy usage, consume a third of total resources used, and generate 40 per cent of solid waste.

But buildings can minimize their own carbon footprint when they are powered with and generate clean energy. In the face of rapid population growth and urban migration, green buildings have increasingly grown in importance and have the potential to foster a more sustainable lifestyle among urban dwellers.

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http://www.eco-business.com/news/the-top-5-green-building-stories-in-2016/

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