SOURCE: SmartPower

December 05, 2006 08:00 ET

SmartPower Receives 2006 Green Power Pilot Award From the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (EPA) & U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Award Presented on December 4 in Conjunction With the 11th National Renewable Energy Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 5, 2006 -- SmartPower was announced last night as the recipient of the U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE 2006 Green Power Pilot Award for their cutting-edge outreach for clean energy in Connecticut. This award recognizes the efforts of SmartPower and their collaborative partner, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, for the ground-breaking marketing program, the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program. The Communities program is widely credited with the rapid growth of the Connecticut Clean Energy Options Program, considered one of the fastest growing programs of its kind in the nation.

The Green Power Pilot Award is considered by many to be one of the nation's premier awards to acknowledge innovative initiatives intended to foster the growth of the clean energy industry.

"SmartPower is honored to receive the EPA's 2006 Green Power Pilot Award for our work promoting clean energy in Connecticut and throughout the U.S.," said Brian F. Keane, president of SmartPower. "We applaud the decisions and actions of the communities and businesses that we've worked with to commit to 20% clean energy by 2010, thus helping all Americans move toward greater energy independence. Their bold actions show us that clean energy is real, it's here and it's working."

Over the past four years SmartPower has been working to build awareness and demand for renewable energy in Connecticut and nationally through the 20% by 2010(SM) program and the Clean Energy Communities Program. The 20% by 2010 program encourages cities, towns and businesses to commit to purchasing 20% of their energy from clean energy sources -- such as wind power, solar power, bio-mass, and others. The Communities program is a marketing project to increase demand for and use of clean energy through the creation of marketing partnerships between city/town officials and civic leaders.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program is a partnership involving the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, SmartPower, clean energy suppliers, and government agencies. The program provides Connecticut communities an opportunity to support clean energy alongside its local residents, businesses, and institutions. Connecticut's two public utilities, The Connecticut Light and Power Company and The United Illuminating Company provide assistance to the partnership through the administration of the CTCleanEnergyOptions(SM) Program.

"From the perspective of the John Merck Fund we are thrilled that our support of SmartPower has realized such a tremendous accomplishment," said John Merck Fund Executive Director and SmartPower board chair Ruth Hennig. "As the Chair of the SmartPower board, I am honored to be a part of such a remarkable effort that is truly changing minds and altering the landscape on clean energy. It is important that others in the funding community consider involvement with this award-winning organization."

The Green Power Pilot Award was presented to SmartPower on the evening of Monday, December 4, 2006 in conjunction with the 11th National Renewable Energy Conference. The conference runs from December 4 - 6, 2006.

About SmartPower

SmartPower is a non-profit marketing campaign dedicated to promoting clean energy. SmartPower's 20% by 2010 campaign encourages institutions, municipalities and individuals to make a commitment to obtain 20% of their electricity from clean sources by 2010. Please visit or

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