HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Eleven organizations, including retailers, schools and health care facilities, are being honored by the state for cutting their energy consumption last summer.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Tuesday recognized organizations that reduced their electricity demand during the 2013 "peak demand" summer season. They must have reduced their power consumption between five to 20 percent, compared with the previous two summers.
They must have accomplished the reduction without using backup diesel generators.
Southington High School received the Peak Performer Award for reducing its electricity demand by 421 kilowatts or 36 percent.
Other awardees are located in Danbury, Bridgeport, Woodbury, Cheshire, Fairfield, Beacon Falls, New Haven and New Canaan. Their combined efforts lowered peak electricity demand by a total of 618 kilowatts, and carbon dioxide emissions by 175 tons.