Business Leaders Champion Solar and Energy Efficiency at 2016 Connecticut Clean Energy Day

DEEP Commissioner Klee, Representative Steinberg Recognized as Clean Energy Champions

As part of the Northeast Clean Energy Council’s (NECEC) Fourth Annual Connecticut Clean Energy Day, executives from NECEC member companies will visit the Connecticut State House today to advocate for the Connecticut General Assembly’s continued support for solar, energy efficiency, and grid modernization policies that will support the state’s vibrant clean energy industry and bring economic, energy and environmental benefits to Connecticut businesses and citizens.

As part of Connecticut Clean Energy Day, NECEC will present its 2016 Clean Energy Champion awards to Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee and Assistant Majority Whip Representative Jonathan Steinberg for their leadership in advancing the clean energy economy in Connecticut. Connecticut Clean Energy Champion awards are awarded to lawmakers and public officials who go above and beyond to advance clean energy in Connecticut.

"Under the leadership of Governor Malloy and with bipartisan leadership in the Legislature, Connecticut has made significant progress on clean energy in recent years," said NECEC President Peter Rothstein. "Commissioner Klee and Representative Steinberg embody such leadership and have helped Connecticut become a national leader in clean energy, with a growing clean energy industry that is both creating jobs and expanding the availability of clean and affordable energy.”

Awards will be presented during a reception in room 310 at the State Capitol today at 4:30pm. The reception is open to the press and public.

“Connecticut is building a new energy future that is helping us combat climate change, improve our air quality, bring down the cost of power, and provide a platform for sustained economic growth and jobs for our people.  We’re doing this through a strong and sustained focus on energy efficiency, deployment of renewable sources, and modernization of our grid.  A key to our progress is the work of a first-in-the-nation Green Bank, that is leveraging increasing amounts of private capital to provide innovative and cost effective financing for energy investments,” said DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee.

A full list of NECEC’s 2016 Connecticut Clean Energy Policy Priorities to advance clean energy in Connecticut is available here. Connecticut Clean Energy Day showcases the growing vitality of the clean energy industry and the importance of consistent policy support as a means of catalyzing the state and regional economy.

About NECEC (Northeast Clean Energy Council & NECEC Institute) is the premier voice of businesses building a world-class clean energy hub in the Northeast, helping clean energy companies start, scale and succeed with our unique business, innovation and policy leadership. NECEC includes the Northeast Clean Energy Council (a nonprofit business member organization), and NECEC Institute (a nonprofit focused on industry research, innovation, policy development and communications initiatives). NECEC brings together business leaders and key stakeholders to engage in influential policy discussions and business initiatives while building connections that propel the clean energy industry forward.

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