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Electric Utilities and Clean Cities Coalitions of Connecticut Schedule Electric Car Community Days

Electric utility companies in the state, along with the Clean Cities Coalitions of Connecticut and local co-hosts, will present “Electric Car Community Days” on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.

According to a release, the public is invited to visit any of five locations to learn about new models of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs), battery charging equipment and more. On Friday, June 1, events take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Berlin, Fairfield, New Haven and Stamford. On Saturday, June 2, events will be held in Norwich and again in Fairfield. Pfizer Inc. is holding an employee-only event Friday at its Groton facilities.

“Connecticut is taking important steps to ensure sustainability of our environment and energy resources. Electric Car Community Days offer an opportunity for residents and businesses to explore yet another way to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Commissioner Daniel C. Esty of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “We can all benefit from a cleaner, lower-cost and locally available fuel alternative, as plug-in EVs grow in popularity here and throughout the region,” he said.
Connecticut’s first annual Electric Car Community Days are presented by Connecticut Light & Power and parent Northeast Utilities (NU), United Illuminating (UI), and the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) with Groton Utilities and Norwich Public Utilities. Local events are being co-hosted respectively by Sustainable Stamford, the City of New Haven with Yale University, the Town of Fairfield, Pfizer and the City of Norwich.

“When customers fuel their cars by plugging in to the region’s electric system, they’re displacing high-emission petroleum oil and gasoline with energy that’s among the cleanest in the nation,” said James B. Robb, Northeast Utilities senior vice president of strategic planning and environmental affairs. “New England’s power supply comes from an abundance of clean, domestically produced natural gas, and renewable energy sources are on the upswing here. Plug-in cars let drivers take advantage of cleaner, lower cost fuel and we invite the public to find out how at Electric Car Community Days.”
“Community involvement and consumer education are important for the electric vehicle market to grow in Connecticut. Towns, companies, and utilities have been working together to install charging stations in public areas for consumers who are buying the five different models of plug-in EVs now available in the state,” said Anthony Marone, United Illuminating’s vice president of business services. “This event brings people together where they can learn more about the technology, including charging at night when greater grid capacity is available.”

According to CMEEC CEO Drew Rankin, each event venue will feature a mix of plug-in cars available from area dealerships, charging stations from equipment manufacturers, basic information about EV technologies, and local displays promoting sustainability. “CMEEC is excited to be a part of Electric Car Community Days and we encourage everyone to stop by Stamford, Fairfield, New Haven, or Berlin on Friday; and on Saturday bring your family to Fairfield or Norwich, where our display will be at the Chamber of Commerce’s River Fest,” Rankin suggests.

The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) has been part of everyday life in Connecticut for more than 100 years, providing safe and reliable electric service to homes, neighborhoods and businesses.

UIL Holdings Corp. is a diversified energy delivery company serving a total of approximately 700,000 electric and natural gas utility customers in 66 communities across two states.

The Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) is a publicly directed joint action supply agency formed by the state’s municipal electric utilities in 1976 under authority of the state’s General Statutes.
Clean Cities is a government-industry initiative to reduce petroleum use in transportation.

The Regional Electric Vehicle Initiative (REVI) was established to encourage collaboration among entities interested in advancing electric transportation in the northeast U.S.
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