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It Isn’t Only Solar

A Panel on Diverse Renewable Energy Options
for CT Communities

Gordon Ridgway has been Cornwall’s First Selectman since 1991. In 1981 he and William F. Morrill published Renewable Energy in Northwest Connecticut, an analysis of renewable energy opportunities, including renewable resources and a vision for conservation and conversion of those resources, that became the foundation for his years of dedication to the environmental quality and economic stability of the region. Gordon will update this vision and specifically speak about how Solar, and Wood have played a part.

Mark Lenz of Lenz Electric & Systems LLC has been an electrical contractor in Kent since 1981. He is also an inventor of energy-saving switches and electrical gadgetry. Currently he is one of the state's few micro-hydro energy designers, designing systems for three local residences with former dams or steep streams just waiting for permitting. Mark will be speaking to us about this valuable resource in our region and the considerations, costs and rewards involved in a home installation.

Karen Nelson has been a Planning and Zoning Officer since 1996, serving the towns of Harwinton, New Hartford, Morris, Barkhamstead, Colebrook and Cornwall. She also works for the NW Conservation District as Program Director. Karen will discuss the new installation of 3  1.6-megawatt wind turbines in Colebrook and the environmental issues involved. This is the first approved inland project in Connecticut using no ocean wind!



Community Updates


For those concerned about the climate crisis…

Small info cards, about 3”x4”, are available in quantities of 100 and more; if interested, please contact Patrice Gillespie .


… 2018 has been named the Year of Local Action. And the Eastern CT Green Action group is leading the way. ECGA was formed by several people from towns in eastern Connecticut. Initially most people were from Mansfield; as of now, people from Andover, Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Hampton, Lebanon, Pomfret, Scotland, Tolland, Willington and Windham are members.

With the publication of his excellent weekly newsletter CT Green News, ECGA co-founder Peter Millman is helping us Nutmeggers stay up to date on issues, events and opportunities for concerned citizens to connect with their elected officials. He has published over 50 editions of his newsletter, and would love to broaden his every Friday distribution. Just contact Peter via and benefit from his convenient digest of important news and environmentally-focused online postings.


Calendar Highlights


HIGHLIGHTS OF CT’s FALL GATHERING of clean energy task forces can be found here in our Knowledge Center’s Program Archives pages. Diane Duva (the Director of Energy Demand at DEEP’s Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy is pictured here) facilitating the shaping of our state’s energy future.

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Clean Energy Communities Listening Session Letter of Thanks and Follow-up

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