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Cheshire Wine & Spirits Earns State Energy Saver Award

The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recognized 11 groups from around the state for their energy-saving practices.

Jack Betkoski, Vice Chairman, CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority with CL&P’s Carmen Ramos with the award for Cheshire Wine & Spirits. Contributed photo.
Jack Betkoski, Vice Chairman, CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority with CL&P’s Carmen Ramos with the award for Cheshire Wine & Spirits. Contributed photo.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Tuesday presented “Summer Saver” Awards to 11 organizations — including the New Canaan Police Department, recognizing their leadership and commitment to reducing energy usage and air pollution during the critical “peak demand” summer months of 2013.

The combined efforts of these awardees resulted in energy savings of over 381,354 kilowatt hours (or 381 megawatt hours) of electricity, lowering peak electricity demand by 618 kilowatts and CO2 emissions by 175 tons.  To achieve their savings, the awardees utilized various incentives offered by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund Small Business and Commercial and Industrial programs available through the Connecticut Light & Power Company and The United Illuminating Company.

“The combined efforts of the 11 Summer Savers Awardees resulted in energy savings in kilowatt hours, peak electricity demand and in carbon emissions,” DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee said at the awards ceremony held at the state Capitol. “Efficiency efforts are of special significance in summer months when reducing peak demand can help reduce the cost of power and when reducing emissions from power plants helps prevent pollution that contributes to smog and climate change.”

Whetstone Holding Inc., which does business as Cheshire Wine & Spirits, received a Gold Award for reducing electricity consumption by more than 20 percent. The shop had a reduction of usage by 13,708 kilowatt hours or 28 percent.

The Summer Energy Savers Awards program was instituted to encourage and reward Connecticut businesses and institutions who reduced their electricity consumption during the summer months by 5 percent to 20 percent over the previous two summers. The Summer Saver Awards acknowledge the efforts of the awardees that reduced their use on peak energy days in summer when it is so critical to the state’s energy infrastructure.

Owners/operators of facilities that increase their energy efficiency or initiate conservation measures this summer are invited to apply for the Connecticut Summer Saver Awards. 

To obtain an application and to learn more about the program, log on to http://www.summersaver.state.ct.us or contact Ginger Teubner at (860) 827-2630.


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