By New Canaan Advertiser

May 3, 2014

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recently presented “Summer Saver” awards to 11 organizations, including retailers, schools, and health care facilities, for their leadership and commitment to reducing energy usage and air pollution during the critical “peak demand” summer months of 2013.

Jack Betkoski, left, vice chairman, CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), and Bill Oestmann, director of New Canaan building and fleet operations, accepts an award on behalf of the New Canaan Police Department.

The New Canaan Police Department was given a bronze award for a 5% to 10% reduction in electricity consumption, as well as demand.

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% to 20% over the previous two summers. Increased summer energy demand, driven almost exclusively by usage of air conditioners, plays a substantial role in increased consumer costs for electricity.