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Friday, December 23, 2011

Clean Energy "Matchmaking" Event Scheduled For Jan. 5th

With an acronym like REEBA, you might think you've stumbled upon a country music blog.

 But fear not.

REEBA is the Renewable Energy & Efficiency Business Association. The group and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund plan to start 2012 out on a positive note by hosting a joint clean energy “matchmaking" event at the Rocky Hill Marriott.

The Jan. 5th event is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to provide an opportunity for companies, colleges and universities, municipalities, institutions and landowners interested in clean energy generation products and energy efficiency measures to speak directly with providers.

Representatives of solar, fuel cell and energy efficiency companies will be on hand to meet with attendees.

The event provides opportunities to learn about new clean energy-related financial incentives available under Public Act 11-80, which was passed by the state legislature during the 2011 legislative session. Connecticut Light & Power Company and the United Illuminating Company, Nexamp, Inc., Ameresco and UTC Power will make brief presentations at the event regarding available clean energy incentives.

The event will consist of nearly 30 vendor booths showcasing company information, and more than 50 additional companies providing information and networking opportunities.
For more event information or to register, visit REEBA's web site or contact Jackie Rowe at  860-240-6140.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Murphy Turns Up The Heat On Boehner, Pelosi Over Federal Heating Aid Cuts

Connecticut Congressman Chris Murphy, D-5, sent letters Friday to House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arguing against the inclusion of significant cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in a year-end appropriations bill.

Congressman Chris Murphy
The cuts contained in H.R. 2055, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, would reduce LIHEAP funding by $1.2 billion in 2012. That represents a 25 percent reduction in funding which would mean an estimated $18.7 million in cuts to block grants for Connecticut, Murphy said in statement.

"A 2010 study found that Connecticut’s poorest households spent 70 percent of their annual income on their home energy bills," Murphy's letter said in part. "For the tens of thousands of Connecticut households that will apply for low-income energy assistance this winter, there’s no margin for error when it comes to staying warm."

Murphy told Boehner and Pelosi that during October, he circulated a brief survey about possible LIHEAP cuts at community action agencies across Connecticut where low-income energy assistance applications are accepted. More than 1,200 agencies responded to the survey and Murphy said 98 percent of the respondents reported they did not support cuts to LIHEAP funding during the current heating season.

Murphy said he has proposed a piece of legislation  - called the Guaranteed Energy Assistance Act  - to restore potential funding shortfalls for the program through a supplemental fee on oil drilling in federally-owned waters.

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