State Energy Program (SEP) Grants
The State Energy Program (SEP) is a grant to the State’s Energy Office from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the state to support energy efficiency and renewable energy programs and initiatives. Housing the State’s Energy Office, OPM is responsible for overseeing and managing the allocation of $38,542,000 in SEP ARRA funding. According to the DOE, the following are the four broad goals for state use of SEP funds:
- Increase energy efficiency to reduce energy costs and consumption for consumers,
- businesses and government;
- Reduce reliance on imported energy;
- Improve the reliability of electricity and fuel supply and the delivery of energy services;
- Reduce the impacts of energy production and use on the environment;
- Summary of SEP Grant Commitments.
Clean Energy/Renewable Programs-
SEP Stimulus Funds support the creation of two new programs in addition to providing additional funding for two existing programs operated by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CEF):
- Geothermal Program - provides incentive funding to support the installation of closed-loop ground source heat pump systems in commercial and residential applications.
- Solar Thermal Program – provides incentive funding for the installation of solar thermal systems to heat domestic hot water in commercial and residential applications.
- Solar Photovoltaic Program - provides incentive funding for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems in commercial and residential applications.
- Fuel Cell Program - provides incentive funding though the On-Site Distributed Generation Program for fuel cell installations at commercial facilities.
Additional information about these programs can be found by visiting the CEF website: www.ctcleanenergy.com.
Residential Energy Efficiency Program
The Home Energy Solutions (HES) Program has been operated by the electric utilities through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. The program involves home depressurization using a blower door to help identify air leaks. The HES team then tightens the home using caulk, weatherstripping, and expandable foam. The team also installs low-flow aerators, low-flow showerheads, compact fluorescent light bulbs, where appropriate. Finally, the homeowner may be provided rebate certificates for certain appliances depending upon how old the appliance(s) is/are, and/or insulation (if additional insulation is recommended).
Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Programs-
- Energy Opportunities - a program to help larger commercial and industrial facilities maximize electric, natural gas, fuel oil, and propane savings including retrofits to lighting, motors and controls and HVAC equipment. The objective of this program is to improve the energy efficiency of a customer’s existing facility by capturing retrofit opportunities. These opportunities are realized by: 1) exchanging functioning yet inefficient equipment with high-efficiency equipment; 2) retrofitting existing equipment with energy-saving devices, modifications, or controls; and 3) improving a facility’s performance.
- Small Business Energy Program – a program to help small businesses, municipalities, and state facilities maximize electric, natural gas, fuel oil, and propane savings. Qualified customers are defined as commercial, industrial, and municipal customers with an average 12 month peak demand between 10 kilowatts and 200 kilowatts. The program provides incentives for qualified customers to implement efficiency upgrades in areas such as (but not limited to) lighting, water heating, refrigeration and HVAC. When possible, third party financing will be arranged.
To access these programs, visit your utility company website: United Illuminating at www.uinet.com/uinet/connect/UINet/Top+Navigator/Home#; Connecticut Light and Power at www.cl-p.com/Business/SaveEnergy/Services.aspx or if you are served by a municipal utility, contact the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC) at (860) 889 – 4088.
- State Building Energy Improvements - This program provides funding to identify energy efficiency opportunities and retrofit state facilities to make them more energy efficient. The Department of Public Works is taking the lead role in implementation.
- Building Code Training and Compliance - This program is designed to provide training to building code officials and building professionals in order to enhance compliance with the energy section of the State Building Code. The Department of Public Safety is the lead in project implementation.
- Building Operator Certification Training - This training targets government facilities personnel to expand knowledge of energy efficiency implementation strategies for building managers. Both state and municipal personnel are eligible for the training. For information on course content, visit www.theboc.info/training.html. To find out about the next course offering, contact Maraide Sullivan at (860) 418-6371; email@example.com.
Clean Cities Administrative Support - ARRA funding directly supports the operation of the four clean cities coalitions in the State of Connecticut: Capitol Clean Cities of Connecticut, Norwich Clean Cities, Greater New Haven Clean Cities, and Clean Cities Alternatives of Southwestern Connecticut. The four coalitions work together to provide information, outreach and technical information about alternative fuels and vehicles to the people of Connecticut. In addition, they facilitate the installation of alternative fuels infrastructure and the purchase of alternatively fueled vehicles.
Governor's Assurance - CT Letter
SEP ARRA Preliminary Application
SEP ARRA Initial Grant Award
SEP ARRA Final Comprehensive Application
SEP ARRA Summary of Final Comprehensive Application
SEP ARRA Grant Award – Modification #2
The State is required to report regularly on the activities carried out with SEP ARRA funding. All reports associated with funded efforts will be posted by OPM as they become available. See Quarterly Reports.
CT Recovery Initiative Website
US Recovery Website
US Department of Energy Recovery Website