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Bridgeport looks at power options

Connecticut Post|Samantha Shea|July 10, 2007
ConnecticutGeneralZoning/Planning

BRIDGEPORT - Planned developments around the city, such as the $1.2 billion redesign of the Steel Point peninsula, may include new energy efficient technologies. During a meeting Monday in City Hall Annex, officials - including Mayor John M. Fabrizi and state Sen. Bill Finch, D-Bridgeport - heard about energy efficient and environmentally friendly options and resources from several sources. Rina Bakalar, Bridgeport's director of central grants, said the city is planning to pursue the use of "green" technology.


BRIDGEPORT - Planned developments around the city, such as the $1.2 billion redesign of the Steel Point peninsula, may include new energy efficient technologies. During a meeting Monday in City Hall Annex, officials - including Mayor John M. Fabrizi and state Sen. Bill Finch, D-Bridgeport - heard about energy efficient and environmentally friendly options and resources from several sources. Rina Bakalar, Bridgeport's director of central grants, said the city is planning to pursue the use of "green" technology.

According to Fabrizi, the "city's goal is to balance economic and community development with environmental conservation."

In pursuit of that goal, various members of the Office of Planning and Economic Development and the Central Grant Office listened as representatives from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, law firm Shipman & Goodwin and The United Illuminating Co. talked about available funding and new technology.

CCEF is part of Connecticut Innovations, a quasi-public entity charged with investing in the state's technology businesses and research collaborations ... more [truncated due to possible copyright]

     

BRIDGEPORT - Planned developments around the city, such as the $1.2 billion redesign of the Steel Point peninsula, may include new energy efficient technologies. During a meeting Monday in City Hall Annex, officials - including Mayor John M. Fabrizi and state Sen. Bill Finch, D-Bridgeport - heard about energy efficient and environmentally friendly options and resources from several sources. Rina Bakalar, Bridgeport's director of central grants, said the city is planning to pursue the use of "green" technology.

According to Fabrizi, the "city's goal is to balance economic and community development with environmental conservation."

In pursuit of that goal, various members of the Office of Planning and Economic Development and the Central Grant Office listened as representatives from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, law firm Shipman & Goodwin and The United Illuminating Co. talked about available funding and new technology.

CCEF is part of Connecticut Innovations, a quasi-public entity charged with investing in the state's technology businesses and research collaborations between universities and private industry. CI invests in clean energy initiatives through CCEF.

CCEF President Lisa Dondy suggested the city take advantage of solar and wind energy. According to Dondy, "Bridgeport has more sunny days than Miami and some of the best wind in Connecticut." Bob Wall, director of energy market initiatives at CCEF, advised Bridgeport to consider joining

its SmartPower - 20 Percent by 2010 campaign. According to Wall, the campaign would give Bridgeport access to resources, such as free solar technology, educational tools and grant money. So far, Wall said, "51 cities and towns in Connecticut have signed up."

Following the representatives from CCEF, Jennifer Janelle of Shipman & Goodwin presented a series of money-saving tips. According to Janelle, "If you want to save money, get as efficient as possible learn how to buy power and wait for that 'good' market day." In other words, "educate yourself on the market" and learn enough to buy power when it's cheapest. Pat McDonnell, UI's senior director of conservation load management, suggested looking into alternative generation suppliers. But the meeting's goal was to learn about the available options.

"We wanted to share what's being done in Bridgeport, find out what's working in other communities, and learn about what other resources are available," Bakalar said.

 



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