Senator Joe Markley, Michael LeBlanc (Waterbury Finance Director), Representative Victor Cuevas, DEEP Commissioner Klee

The city of Waterbury was among 23 municipalities receiving grants for their work continuing the state’s march toward energy efficiency. State Representative Victor Cuevas (D-Waterbury) was joined by other town leaders to accept the “Bright Idea” grant of $15,000 from Clean Energy Communities, a program administered through Energize Connecticut.

“I am very pleased Waterbury is one of the cities receiving a ‘Bright Ideas Grant’ – today’s announcement sends a positive message that Waterbury is on board as one of the cities that recognizes that we must work toward more efficient alternatives and a greener tomorrow,” Rep. Cuevas said. “I thank United Illuminating for working with communities to identify ways to save on energy and their commitment to this program.”

Between the January 2010 and December 2013, Waterbury saved 65,342,844 kilowatt hours of electricity and 464,563 cubic feet of natural gas.   The avoided emissions removed 34,804 tons of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) from the atmosphere or the equivalent of taking 6,068 cars off the road for one year.

Waterbury qualified for the grant by:

·        Successful Energize Waterbury campaign that resulted in 3,445 homes participating in Home Energy Solutions (May-November 2013)
·        Launching Housing Expo in 2013 bringing energy awareness to residents
·        5,221 homes (12% of community) having participated in residential program
·        413 business & municipal energy-saving projects completed

Energize CT is an initiative dedicated to empowering Connecticut citizens to make smart energy choices.