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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cheshire Schools Win State Award For Energy Efficiency

Cheshire's public school system has earned the Municipal Difference Maker Leadership Award as part of the 2014 Power of Change Awards, which were handed out June 17.

The school district was honored for launching energy projects including lighting retrofits, a solar energy classroom and maximizing incentives received from Connecticut Light & Power. Frank Biancur, the district's maintenance foreman, accepted the award on behalf of the district during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

The 2014 Power of Change Award celebrated the energy efficiency achievements of more than 20 Connecticut state agencies and municipalities. Wallingford's Energy Conservation Commission took an honorable mention in Municipal Difference Maker Leadership Award category while the city of Milford's school system won top honors in the Power of Change Top Building Award for municipalities. Rob Klee, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is shown at left in the photo above with Frank Biancur after presenting the award. The Power Of Change Award was created to honor the best achievements and innovations in energy efficiency across Connecticut's state and municipal buildings. The award is sponsored by three Connecticut-based foundations – the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Hampshire Foundation and the Common Sense Fund.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Torgerson In Las Vegas For Electric Utility Conference

UIL Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer James Torgerson is running in some high profile company these days.

While UIL officials are busy back home dealing with the day-to-day issues of doing business - like power outages in service territory of the company's United Illuminating subsidiary and addressing concerns about tree trimming around the electric wires - Torgerson is at the Edison Electric Institute's annual meeting in Las Vegas. The Edison Electric Institute is a trade association that represents investor-owned electric utilities.

 And Torgerson is not just any run-of-the mill conference attendee. He spent Monday as part of a panel of utility executives and government officials conducting a presentation "Safeguarding The Grid."

 Among those speaking at the Edison Electric Institute's annual meeting this year are Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Warren Buffett and former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Torgerson is a member of the Edison Electric Institute's Board of Directors.

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