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Connecticut municipalities are taking big steps to expand their use of renewable energy, and to ensure energy security in emergencies, building resilience into their physical systems and community response capabilities.

To maximize the power of local action, Clean Water Fund’s energy team has created an “Accelerator” program of peer support and technical assistance. Based on our years of work with over 60 Clean Energy Task Forces in clean energy planning and outreach, we designed a forward-thinking program of education and collaboration to help motivated communities speed up their adoption of clean energy and share inspiration. The Accelerator also supports your community in choosing and completing actions through the new program.

The first ten municipalities that participated in our pilot series of four Accelerator in-person sessions also joined conference calls and conducted open collaboration online. The Accelerator program generated exemplary reference materials, most of which can be downloaded from here. We will continue to offer referrals to experts, peer-to-peer problem solving and joint advocacy where there are needs for policy changes or additional resources.


  1. ValuingResilienceForAcceleratorSession4.pdf
  2. Don Watson PPT-Accelerator Session3.pdf


  1. Accelerator Meeting 12.14.17
  2. CT Towns and Resilience Resources
  3. CWF Accelerator - 100% CT 11.16.17
  4. Critical facility resilience and energy assurance Jan. 2018
  5. GreenBank / CPACE How does it Work Dec. 2017
  6. GreenBank MuniAccelerator (PPT) Dec. 2017
  7. GreenBank Solar PPA Public Buildings Dec. 2017
  8. GreenBank Sustainable CT Resources Dec. 2017
  9. WFC Policy Handbook - How to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy



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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