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Seven Winning Programs Represent Best-in-Class State Leadership in Advancing Clean Energy Policy, Finance and Technology in the United States

 Montpelier, VT – Today Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) announced seven winners of the 2012 State Leadership in Clean Energy (SLICE) Awards, given to recognize state projects and programs that demonstrate exemplary leadership and innovation in clean energy development.

“Despite challenging economic conditions and uncertainty over continuing federal support, the SLICE Award-winning state programs have demonstrated innovation, supported emerging technologies, and advanced clean energy markets,” said Mark Sinclair, Executive Director of CESA. “After a decade of experience working with clean energy funds across the country, CESA feels confident that these programs represent the best of what’s out there today.”

This year’s winners are New York’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program and On-Site Wind Market Development Program, both administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority’s (CEFIA) CT Solar Lease Program; the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Pilot Program; the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission’s Residential Wood-Pellet Boiler Rebate Program; and two projects by the California Energy Commission: the University of California, San Diego Microgrid, and the Synchrophasor Research and Development Program.

CESA’s SLICE Awards recognize state programs that are most effectively accelerating adoption of clean energy technologies. SLICE Award winners have funded and supported innovative programs, established funds that provide critical capital investment for clean energy projects, and have collaborated effectively with industry partners, utility commissions, and local governments, all crucial ways to expand the clean energy market.  

CESA member organizations from across the U.S. submitted nominations for the SLICE Awards. Winners were chosen by a panel of six distinguished judges, including representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Lab, the National Conference of State Legislatures Energy Program, DSIRE, the American Wind Energy Association, and the Solar Energy Industries Association. A detailed report on this year’s SLICE Award winners, including bios of the judges, is available on the CESA website: see http://www.cleanenergystates.org/assets/2012-Files/CESA-SLICE-Report.pdf and http://www.cleanenergystates.org/projects/state-leadership-in-clean-energy/

The SLICE Awards will be presented to the winners on Oct. 22, at a special reception held during the CESA Fall Membership Meeting in Albany, N.Y., hosted by NYSERDA. Members of the press are welcome to attend and photos will be made available after the event.

In addition, members of the media are welcome to join CESA’s series of informational webcasts about the SLICE Award winners:

2012 SLICE WEBCAST SCHEDULE

For more information about the SLICE Awards ceremony or how to join the webcasts, please contact Marissa Newhall at (202) 527-9196 or marissa@cleanegroup.org.

What the winners are saying:

Frank Murray, President and CEO of NYSERDA: "We are grateful to CESA for its recognition of our Clean Energy Business Incubator and On-Site Wind Development Market Programs. In today's competitive global economy, innovation is an essential ingredient for success. New York State has a long history of leadership in technological innovation, and under Gov. Cuomo's leadership, we are committed to continued investment in new technologies and innovative approaches that stimulate economic development, foster renewable energy, and promote environmental stewardship."

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy: “I applaud CEFIA and the work they are doing to make clean energy more accessible and affordable for ratepayers. Connecticut’s economic recovery depends upon creating good paying jobs with good benefits, and a comprehensive energy strategy that includes more renewable energy and better efficiency is a central part of that effort. CESA’s recognition is an honor for CEFIA and for the state’s work to expand our clean energy options.”

California Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller: “California’s innovation in energy research supports these distinguished projects that benefit all Californians. The research for the synchrophasor project spurred the growth of this technology across the entire nation. Research activities allow innovation in California’s universities and laboratories that translates into business opportunities that make mircogrids a reality. These amazing projects are critical in shaping California’s energy future.”

Jack Ruderman, Director of the New Hampshire Public Utility Commission’s Sustainable Energy Division: New Hampshire’s wood-pellet boiler rebate program demonstrated that a carefully targeted public-private partnership can effectively jump-start and transform a market that otherwise wouldn’t exist. As a direct result of this program, there is now a growing market in New Hampshire for residential wood pellet heating systems.” 

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Alicia Barton McDevitt: “We are honored to receive this award for our innovative Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Pilot Program, now an ongoing fully-supported program, that has helped 320 businesses and homeowners cut their energy costs by using the sun to heat water. We hope our approach to supporting thermal performance-monitoring will serve as a national model.”

 

About Clean Energy States Alliance: Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is the only national nonprofit organization representing the collective voice of public clean energy funds. CESA provides information sharing, technical assistance services, and a collaborative network by coordinating multi-state efforts, leveraging funding for projects and research, and assisting clean energy programs with program development and evaluation. For more information, visit www.cleanenergystates.org.

Contact: Marissa Newhall, Clean Energy States Alliance, (202) 527-9196, marissa@cleanegroup.org

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