Press Release – Lawsuit Filed Against Connecticut for Budget Raids – Immediate Release 5/15/2018

Immediate Release

May 15, 2018

Contact:  Leticia Colon de Mejias, Efficiency for All ©,,

EFA, Leticia Colon de Mejias and attornes Stephen Humes & Attorney HarrisEfficiency For All  (EFA) and Connecticut Fund for the Environment seek full restoration of clean energy and energy efficiency funds

Hartford, Conn. – Efficiency For All, (EFA) and several efficiency and clean energy businesses, ratepayer organizations, and Connecticut Fund for the Environment have filed a federal lawsuit to block the legislative raid of Connecticut’s clean energy and energy efficiency program funds and to prevent future raids of the funds.

Holland & Knight and Feiner Wolfson filed the complaint for the plaintiffs on Tuesday, May 15, in the U.S. District Court. Plaintiffs are Leticia Colon de Mejias; The Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Inc.; Fight the Hike; Energy Efficiencies Solutions, LLC; Best Home Performance of CT, LLC; Connecticut Citizen Action Group; New England Smart Energy Group, LLC; CT Weatherproof Insulation, LLC; Steven C. Osuch; Jonathan Casiano; and Bright Solutions, LLC.

Defendants are the Governor, the Treasurer, and the Comptroller of the State of Connecticut.

“It is never too late to do the right thing; therefore we are calling on the state of Connecticut to return the diverted ratepayer funds for the specific purposes of serving the ratepayer and meeting the state’s written climate, energy, and economic goals. The Time Is Now!” said Leticia Colon de Mejias, CEO of Energy Efficiencies Solutions, Inc.

Last year, Connecticut’s legislature directed the Defendants to divert $175 million from the Conservation & Load Management, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and Clean Energy funds to the General Fund to fill a budget gap over two years. Much of the funding is raised from a small charge on state electric bills, paid by ratepayers to their utility in return for specific services to be provided. The legislature voted last week to restore $10 million of the Conservation & Load Management fund in fiscal year 2019, leaving a gap of $165 million in unlawfully seized ratepayer funds.

The Plaintiffs argue that using the funding for other than its intended purpose is a breach of the contracts clause of the United States Constitution, and also functions as an illegal tax on tax-exempt organizations—such as nonprofits that are ratepayers. We are requesting that the court declare the funding sweep unconstitutional and thus null and void, and issue an injunction forbidding the State from sweeping the funds.

“Conventional wisdom is that the General Assembly can change priorities and reallocate tax revenue with the stroke of the legislative pen,” said Attorney Stephen J. Humes, a partner at Holland & Knight and one of the lawyers leading the litigation. “But this time is different and lawmakers went too far. We all should be worried when the State uses its extraordinary powers and literally takes and diverts funds held in private bank accounts of utilities to subsidize the General Fund coffers.”

“If this raid is not stopped, it will add to the hundreds of millions that state lawmakers have quietly taken from people who pay a UI or Eversource electric bill over the past 10-plus years,” said Mike Trahan, executive director of Solar Connecticut. “That money was supposed to be returned back to ratepayers in the form of low cost clean energy and energy efficiency products and services. Instead, state lawmakers took those hundreds of millions of dollars and used it to balance state budgets when they couldn’t balance the budget with their own funds.”

Stephanie Weiner, CEO and founder of New England Smart Energy Group, LLC, said, “We are now seeing the real life fall-out of this misguided, irresponsible decision by the state to divert funds that wasn’t theirs to take; we are not only losing valuable, skilled technicians but we are losing entire companies. If these funds are not restored in the very near future we will see a once thriving & growing Connecticut industry, that actually helped all the residents of Connecticut save money on their energy bills, disappear forever.”


Additional businesses and organizations added:

“The state must ensure equal access to cost effective energy efficiency demand reduction programs, energy savings, and renewable energy. The ratepayer funds were diverted into the general tax fund resulting in an illegal tax on non-profits, schools, churches, and under-represented low-income and moderate-income working families which are being turned away from services they have paid for on their energy bills. This raid has resulted in economic harm and will further impact the areas of human health, building safety, climate change mitigation, air and water pollution, job losses, and $30 million dollars in ISO-NE fees to ratepayers in Connecticut. Our state has the responsibility to look out for the best interest of our health, our economy and our workforce. These funds were collected through a legislative order for the specific purposes of stabilizing our energy grid, lowering the cost of energy for all people, and mitigating climate change and pollution which is generated through electricity generation and the heating and cooling of Connecticut homes and businesses. The state has a legislative responsibility to uphold the CES and the Conservation and Load Management plan which these funds were legislated to directly support. We cannot meet our energy, economic, and climate goals without the resources to fund them. Legislators have acknowledged that the diversion was short-sighted and created economic harm, yet at this moment of a $2 billion dollar surplus, they made little to no effort to amend the states plan to support its written and legislative energy reduction goals in 2018 and 2019.”

Kyle Ellsworth, Director of Community Relations and Government Affairs, Efficiency For All

“Connecticut’s budget woes partially reflect a broader economic crisis that continues to hit working families the hardest, as the state suffers from a deficit in good jobs. At the same time, we face a looming climate crisis that has already brought more severe storms and major flooding to coastal communities. Fortunately, these two crises have the same solution: we need to put people to work protecting the climate. Our energy efficiency programs do exactly that: they help struggling communities by creating new local jobs, they grow our state’s economy and tax base, and they move us toward a clean energy future that protects the climate for our grandchildren. Creating a new energy tax by diverting ratepayer funds was a short-sighted decision with immediate and long-term negative impacts on consumers and workers. The General Assembly needs to restore all funding for these critical programs.”

John Humphries, organizer for the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs; and a member of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change

“A constant refrain from policy makers and officials of all stripes is: We want jobs, economic growth, a better business climate, a reduction in our high energy costs, a reduction in harmful emissions, help for the underserved, etc. Then we go ahead and take money from funds which are delivering big time on what we just said we want. I don’t get it.”

Andy Bauer, Portland Clean Energy Task Force

“There is no wiser way to spend money than on efficiency, as we transition to a clean energy economy. It’s the cheapest way to bring about change. In addition to direct savings, using less heat and electricity in CT homes and businesses will mean that ratepayers have to pay for fewer new transmission lines, gas pipelines, and substations in the future. Spending a little now will lead to spending a lot less for many years to come.”

Peter Millman, Eastern CT Green Action

“As a future Engineer and the new voting generation of this state, I believe that we all deserve the chance to help our planet. With lower consumption appliances and light-bulbs and actions to promote energy savings, the Energy Efficiency funds not only reduce the cost of energy for the homeowner but they help in making the planet cleaner.”

Lariab Afzal, engineering student, University of Connecticut

“Every ratepayer contributes to the Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Funds monthly and all of us are supposed to benefit through lower energy bills, cleaner air, a more reliable energy system, and reductions in climate changing pollution. When the governor accepted the bipartisan budget that improperly raided these funds, everyone involved violated their responsibility to the people of Connecticut, the promises made by our government, and their moral duty to address climate change. Until these funds are restored, how can Connecticut residents trust these elected officials?”

Ben Martin, 350CT

“It’s time to return the funds that were raided from the Energy Efficiency Fund. From the onset of this directive our customers have suffered the fallout, in particular those that heat with oil and propane. In addition the companies providing the service have seen a drastic reduction in the ability to maintain its workforce. We need those funds returned so that we can provide the services that were meant to help Connecticut achieve its goal on the energy conservation front. We need to be able to provide all ratepayers equal access and the only way to achieve that is by having the funds that were raided returned and the diversion of those funds repealed.”

Jeff Gerber, Homestead Fuel

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Tell Connecticut’s Leaders to Keep Their Promise!

Connecticut must Support Prioritization of Equal Access to Energy Efficiency  Services in Connecticut we demand that the Ratepayer C&LM and RGGI funds be returned to equally serve ALL Connecticut Electric (Ratepayers) and meet our states energy (CES) plan and economic goals.

Dear Honorable Leaders of Connecticut,

We demand the state of Connecticut’s leaders keep their promise to ALL Connecticut electric ratepayers by taking the following two actions this legislative session.

1. Implement state policy to ensure EQUAL ACCESS to all Cost Effective Energy Efficiency (EE) services and upgrades for ALL ELECTRIC RATEPAYERS regardless of heating fuel source type (FUEL BLIND DIRECT EE SERVICES). We must NOT excluded the Oil and Propane households from accessing proven energy saving services and efficiency incentives.

2. Support “A Repeal of the diversions of the electric ratepayer funds”. The C&LM ratepayer funds must be returned this session to support cost effective direct energy efficiency services in Connecticut or we can not meet our state’s Clean Energy Strategy (CES) or Our Climate Goals. Efficiency is our states DEMAND reduction plan. It keeps “carbon heavy fuels” from being wasted. These programs are award winning highly effective DEMAND REDUCTION programs that directly serve the ratepayers.

*Last October the electric ratepayer Energy Efficiency funds (C&LM and RGGI) were unlawfully diverted by our state leaders as part of the bipartisan state budget. This resulted in a lack of Equal Access to Direct Energy Efficiency services for Connecticut electric ratepayers created an inequitable tax on all electric ratepayers, including a tax on nonprofits.

**​Currently Connecticut has lost the ability to provide energy efficiency to oil and propane properties. These households represent 51% of all households in CT. Our state’s highly awarded Direct Service Energy Efficiency (EE) programs can no longer equally serve Oil and Propane households.

Direct Service Energy Efficiency (EE) programs: These award winning EE programs are coordinated by the State of CT Energy Efficiency Board (EEB), and have helped countless working families, low income families, and businesses to lower their energy bills statewide. The Direct Service EE programs lower energy demand by providing on the spot energy savings and long term energy savings, which result in lowered air and water pollution, lower asthma rates, climate change mitigation, and related health problems.

ABOUT EE: Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Services help households directly lower energy bills. This results in on the spot energy savings for the homeowner, renter, landlord, or business, and saves money across our state.

EE programs support 34,000 Connecticut jobs and generate $1.4 Billion a year in Gross State Product. These programs directly lower our state’s energy costs by hundreds of millions of dollars annually. EE programs generate $140 million dollars in state tax revenue in a single year. Direct Service residential Energy Efficiency programs have avoided $814 million dollars in state healthcare costs. Direct service EE has a 1 to 7 return on investment for the state of Connecticut ratepayers.

Energy Efficiency is the number one way to meet our state energy goals, slow climate change, and lower air pollution in our state. Air pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuel to generate electricity harms human health and causes damage to children’s developing lungs resulting in higher rates of asthma, heart disease and stroke.

Energy Efficiency is an economic driver and results in savings to the state of Connecticut. EE is the cheapest way to meet our energy goals and should be fully funded by the ratepayer money which was diverted to state’s general fund. Ratepayer money which is legislated to help the ratepayer lower energy bills through direct service EE and residential solar programs must be supported and not diverted in June 2018.

**The C&LM and RGGI are obtained through collections and ARE NOT a physical fund. The lack of an actual “fund” and the misunderstanding of how collections are “forecasted” and “collections reconciled”, has worsened the impacts on 2018 Direct Service EE programs, inclusive of low income programs and services to working families.

Our state must ensure that enough ratepayer C&LM and RGGI funds are available in years 2018 and 2019 to meet our state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) goals or we will incur statewide economic penalties.

Bill S.B. 9 passed with NO Support for Direct Service Energy Efficiency!

Efficiency for All

What is Bill S.B. 9 v.3127?

  1. This bill is a Connecticut E&T bill which has many areas related to our state’s clean energy plan. It has NO support for Energy Efficiency funding which was stolen to fill the state’s growing budget deficit.

  2. With your support this bill or another bill could be amended in the house or the senate to include returning the ratepayer funds which were diverted to fill state budget gaps.

  3. The state should not steal ratepayer money from programs which have a 1 to 7 positive return on investment. These programs are critical to the battle to defend our vulnerable populations form the impacts of climate change and air & water pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuel.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT Energy Efficiency in CT?

  • It is important for ALL of us to keep calling legislators and reminding them that we care about Energy Efficiency in our state. Efficiency is important for the future establishment of deeper renewable energy projects.

  • Our state must ensure that enough C&LM and RGGI funds are available in years 2018 and 2019 to meet our state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) goals or we will incur statewide economic penalties.


Regular calls and emails from ratepayers and those in the workforce who wish to have their money returned to serve ratepayers directly and equally will remind legislators that we are not going away. Let’s make it clear that we want more DIRECT SERVICE EE in CT!

Next Steps For EFA and our supporters:

  • EFA will continue to work with stakeholders and leaders in an effort to repeal of the diversion of C&LM funds. This could be supported by an amendment to S.B. 9 or S.B. 10 or any other live bill. We need your help. Write, call, and be active.

  • Please continue to encourage everyone you know to sign on to the EFA letter . This letter is requesting a repeal of the diversion and supports fuel blind language.

EFA letter link:

Let’s get our ratepayers money back!

EE is an economic driver. EE Saves Lives. EE provides financial freedom from overbearing energy bills. EE mitigates climate change and the negative harms of climate change. EE lowers peak demand and that lowers our statewide energy costs. EE is the number one way to meet our states energy goals. We must demand, Efficiency For All!

We are looking for active support on Finance Bill H.B. 5165 and amendments to Bills S.B. 9 & 10 in Session 2018

These simple legislative actions will allow energy efficiency programs, and the 34K jobs which support the programs, to continue to “serve all electric ratepayers”. These actions will avoid industry collapse, and lessen economic harm to Connecticut and support our energy and climate goals.

1. Enact nondiscrimination based legislation to equally serve all ratepayers and provide cost-effective DIRECT SERVICE energy efficiency regardless of heating fuel type.

If this action by the legislature does not occur, the result is that program budgets will be expended, and our award winning programs will NOT be able to serve any Oil or propane customers as early as April of 2018. The customers will continue to pay into the fund and have no access to EE services.

2. Bills S.B. 9 & 10 – AMEND to Repeal the Diversions RGGI and C&LM diversions in 2018 and 2019.

Restore the C&LM 2018 and C&LM 2019 ratepayer funds. This funding should be specifically utilized only for DIRECT SERVICE EE to ratepayers, such as home energy retrofits, multifamily retrofits, or other DIRECT SERVICE EE programs.

Direct energy efficiency (EE) is NOT a subsidy. The ratepayer has paid for the EE incentives and services. C&LM and RGGI are an insurance policy which ALL ratepayers pay for and can NOT opt of the payments. The funds are meant to be utilized by the ratepayer when it is needed and cost effective to upgrade the property. EE is a set incentive which is meant to reduce the upfront cost of the EE service for the electric ratepayers who pay into the funds on every electric bill.

Ratepayers should be allowed to equally utilize the programs to lower the direct cost of energy for upgrades, reducing energy bills on the spot, and increasing safety. This will result in lowered Carbon emissions, lowered pollution, and lowered energy waste. EE includes building science based weatherization measures, insulation, windows, or upgraded comprehensive cost effective efficiency retrofits.

STEP # 1 Find your Legislator:

  • Democratic Main Tel 860-240-8600 or 1-800-842-1420

  • Republican Main Tel 860-240-8700 or 1-800-842-1423



  1. AMEND: BILL SB 9 – Include “The repeal of C&LM diversions and RGGI diversions in 2018 & 2019.”

  2. SUPPORT: The language in B ill HB 5165 – An Act Eliminating Diversions of  Electric Ratepayer funds.

  3. Amend: SB 10 to include C&LM direct EE service – Include “The repeal of  C&LM diversions and RGGI diversions in 2018 & 2019.”

  4. SUPPORT: Environment Bill 5087 Rep. Hampton – co- sponsors – Rep Gresko,  Rep Wood, Rep. Winkler, Rep Reyes, Rep Gentile, Rep Young, Rep Gibson

About EFA – Efficiency For All is a Connecticut based stakeholder association. EFA works to gather and present contractor, ratepayer, consumer, legislative, and key stakeholder input on state policy and programs related to energy efficiency in: residential, commercial, small business, multifamily, energy efficiency state administered, quasi-state administered, or ratepayer subsidized programs.

RE : A formal request to protect ratepayer funds and ensure equal access to energy efficiency programs. Also to protect local jobs, our energy future, and our environment through the simple implementation of fuel blind, direct energy efficiency services to Connecticut ratepayers, and to repeal of the diversion of all ratepayer funds in Connecticut.

Dear DEEP, PURA, Office of Consumer Council (OCC) and State Leaders,

Efficiency For All (EFA) has been working diligently to educate our state’s leaders and our communities about the diversion of funding which has already reduced access to energy efficiency programs and is resulting in job losses in our state. This two year diversion of ratepayer funding to the States’ general fund diverted three separate funding sources. These three funding sources supported different parts of the State’s clean energy plan.

1. Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – A multi-state, market-based, mandatory emission allowance auction program for fossil-fuel power plants.  Proceeds in Connecticut are distributed as such: 70% to the C&LM budget, 23% to the CT Green Bank, and 7% to CT DEEP. Within the C&LM budget, RGGI proceeds are primarily used to service oil/propane heated buildings. This diversion of RGGI funds has resulted in almost no access to direct install energy saving services for 75% to 80% of oil and propane heated homes. These oil and propane households will not be able to receive the HES service even though they still pay into the C&LM funds on their electric bills. The 2017 budget diverted $10,000,000 per year for FY18 and FY19 (74% of 2017 auction proceeds).

2. Conservation and Load Management Plan (C&LM) – The statutory framework for CT’s energy efficiency programs, funded primarily by a charge on ratepayer electric and natural gas bills into the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF).  The C&LM Plan provides the guidelines to administer direct residential and commercial energy efficiency services along with outreach and education in an effort to meet CT’s demand reduction and efficiency goals. The 2017 budget diverted $63,500,000 per year for FY18 and FY19 (33% of 2017 budget).

3. The CT Green Bank uses public ratepayer funds to attract private investment for clean energy projects throughout the state.  The CT Green Bank is funded in part by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), which is a one-mil charge on ratepayer utility bills.  The 2017 budget diverted $14,000,000 per year for FY18 and FY19 (53% of FY17 CCEF proceeds).

Unfortunately many leaders and communities are still confused about which funds do what, where the funds are generated, and what programs the funds actually support.  Please note that you can locate reports and current information at

Our shared goal is to ensure that all the funds are returned to serve ratepayers and to meet our state’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) goals. It is critical when allocating funding that there be a clear focus on the importance of service to ratepayers, the reduction of energy waste, jobs in Connecticut, benefits to the local economy, and the reduction of peak demand, which lowers the cost of energy in Connecticut for all.

Energy Efficiency (EE) is still the most effective way to reduce energy waste, and offers the highest ROI for ratepayers.  EE provides the most local jobs, and is the biggest support to local our economy.

Because energy efficiency is the best way to meet our state’s goals, we are advocating for the following actions at the state level. CT DEEP’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) released in February pointed to Energy Efficiency as the most prominent part of the state’s CES. However, we can not meet those goals if EE is not supported with ratepayer funding (which has been diverted), or if EE is not planned for and not implemented.

We are looking for your active support of the following actions in 2018

1. Protect energy efficiency fund ratepayer dollars from budget diversions in Connecticut through the implementation of specific statues which do not allow for diversions of ratepayer money to the general fund.

An Act Repealing Diversions of Ratepayer Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Funds

To undo state budget diversion of electric ratepayer funds from cost-effective energy efficiency and clean energy programs and support equal access (fuel blind) to state energy efficiency funds which: reduce the state’s dependence on nonrenewable energy resources, reduce the cost of energy generation, and mitigate the impacts of air and water pollution protecting human health.

2. Implement legislation for a “Fuel Blind (Fuel Neutral) program of direct energy efficiency services for all ratepayers in Connecticut”. We are requesting legislation to ensure that all ratepayers have equal access to ratepayer funded programs regardless of socio-economic status or fuel type. All electric ratepayers are paying into the C&LM funds; Therefore all ratepayers should have the opportunity to access the direct service programs which support health, safety, and energy savings.  

3. FIX RATEPAYER IMPACT STATEMENT– Studies which only count cost and do not quantify non-cost benefits are biased. Connecticut must Implement Non Energy Impact (NEI) testing for EE programs in Connecticut. This simple step to properly track and quantify EE benefits such as, but not limited to: the state GSP, lowered cost of energy infrastructure, reduced healthcare costs, improved health, the protection of at risk communities, and net tax revenues will correct the way in which we quantify the data and properly track EE outcomes and results.  

Clarifications on the IMPORTANCE of direct service to the ratepayer and direct EE measures

Energy Efficiency is not a subsidy and does not cost the state of Connecticut any money: CT Energy Efficiency programs are not a subsidy. They are paid for by the ratepayers and directly serve the ratepayers, resulting in proven, on the spot, long-term energy savings to the ratepayers and the energy grid. This results in reduced peak demand, lowered pollution, lowered carbon emissions, as well as lowered energy costs to CT businesses, schools, and state properties alike. Efficiency for All is attempting to openly clarify that EE contractors employ staff and subcontractors for the specific purposes of direct service to ratepayers. These direct service contractors do not receive any subsidies and are only compensated for direct installation of pre-approved, high ROI, energy saving measures.

Energy Efficiency helps at-risk populations and working families, businesses, schools, churches, and the State of Connecticut. EE has the unique ability to free up financial resources, allowing the funds to be used for whatever is needed most such as, food, medicine, education, housing, business growth, or the state’s budget. Energy efficiency even helps renewable energy go further, and helps us all to avoid the rising burden of the costs of energy.

The Connecticut Energy Efficiency industry includes 34,000 jobs . Solar only accounts for 6,000 – 8,000 jobs in CT. The EE jobs are high paying jobs for local Connecticut residents. The EE programs utilize C&LM collected ratepayer funds to directly serve ratepayers. EE workers can earn between $16 and $30 an hour. These jobs offer benefits and hire CT residents. Our workers pay taxes, vote, own property, and shop in CT.  

Restoring only the Green Bank funds and increasing the amount of ratepayer funds to the Green Bank allocation will not save 34k jobs or help oil and propane customers who can no longer receive direct services which they have paid for and are still contributing to at this time. The clean energy programs do not lower peak demand or lower energy costs directly in the way that energy efficiency, can and does, lower these impacts on ratepayers and businesses in Connecticut.  The Green Bank is an important asset, but the ratepayer, the economy, and our jobs should come first.

Q: How can our leaders help create a stable energy and economic future?

A: EFA and our stakeholders formally request that DEEP, PURA, and our state’s legislators take immediate action to request the ratepayer funds not be diverted.

We further request that DEEP and PURA ensure that any restored funds are utilized for “Direct Services to Ratepayers” and are not utilized for overhead, administrative fees, upstream rebates, or unnecessary “innovation” in funding unproven ideas. EE has a well documented track record and nationally supported positive outcomes to meet our states goals.   

We further request the creation of a “fuel blind (fuel neutral) program which is equally accessible to all electric ratepayers” and request that our leaders do not simply divert the ratepayer funding to the Green Bank, or a new Green Bank nonprofit entity.

EFA asserts that Governor’s Bill 9 and Bill 10, submitted by the Governor for legislative action, Do NOT address the diversion of C&LM funding in the amount of $63,500,000 dollars per year. These funds were collected via utility bills under the “COMBINED PUBLIC BENEFITS CHARGE”. The programs provide direct energy efficiency services and upgrades in homes, businesses, and buildings across Connecticut. The diversion of funding away from the C&LM and these programs is not addressed in Bill’s 9 or 10.

Governor’s Bills 9 and 10 will NOT protect the direct energy efficiency services to ratepayers, or the 34,000 jobs which these programs support directly and indirectly. The EE workforce is experiencing the first wave of layoffs  are turning away oil and propane customers from accessing services which would lower their energy bills, and our state’s peak energy demand. More layoffs will begin soon if funds are not restored.

Energy efficiency has the advantage of reducing all types of power plant-related emissions simultaneously by avoiding the need to generate electricity in the first place. Whenever households and businesses reduce electricity consumption, they reduce the need to generate additional electric energy. The avoided generation from expensive fossil fuel-fired power plants is desirable to reduce energy costs, and air pollutant emissions. This results in improved human health, while slowing climate change.

The return on investment (ROI) of EE direct services is higher than all other forms of clean energy (2018 CES). EE supports local jobs, as well as providing additional quantified and well documented economic benefits, and improved health outcomes in at risk communities.

Fact sheets are available on this website and EFA is available to meet with leaders, legislators, community groups, or stakeholders to provide detailed data on the direct impacts to EE jobs, programs, and ratepayers.

Please join support us and protect the ratepayer funds, equity based energy efficiency, local jobs, and our environment through the direct energy efficiency services to Connecticut ratepayers.

We look forward to your response and the opportunity to answer questions.


Efficiency For All member, stakeholders, and contractors

Leticia Colon de Mejias, EFA co-chair , Tel: 860-580-9076,

Kyle Ellsworth, Director of Community Relations & Government Affairs, EFA Tel: 860-337-2239,

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Impacts of 15% decrease in energy savings nationallyA new study by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) and Physicians for Social Responsibility found that reducing energy consumption in the United States by just 15% could have enormous annual impacts on our public health.

HARTFORD, CT – A 15% reduction in energy use could reduce health impacts by $73 per capita annually.  15th highest in the nation among large metro areas.

Reducing Energy Use Leads to Better Health

Energy efficiency provides a pathway to positive health outcomes

It is estimated that 40% of diagnosed asthma is associated with home exposures such as moisture, temperatures variations, and pests.
Energy efficiency and weatherization aim to improve these conditions, which in turn lead to better health outcomes for residents. A 2014 study found a 12% decrease in emergency department asthma-related visits and a 48%
decline in poor health among adults who received home weatherization services.

Putting EE First Literally Saves Lives

30% of CT housing stock has health and safety issues which are identified as part of an Energy Efficiency assessment. Mold , Asbestos, High Co, and Gas leaks are uncovered daily by Connecticut Building Performance scientists during routine inspections.

EE Prevents 4 Largest Health Killers

“The health benefits available from energy efficiency are impressive. Air pollution from power plants contributes to the four leading causes of death in the U.S.: cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, heart disease, and stroke. We can use energy efficiency to save lives and help slow global warming. Those benefits are going to be felt now and for decades into the
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Save Energy Save Lives  – EFA Flyer

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Physicians for Social Responsibility
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Reducing annual electricity use by 15% nationwide would save more than six lives every day, prevent nearly 30,000 asthma episodes each year, and save Americans up to $20 billion through avoided health harms annually.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
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Washington, DC—Saving energy can reduce the number of asthma attacks and other harmful health effects of air pollution from power plants, according to Saving Energy, Saving Lives: The Health Impacts of Avoiding Power Plant Pollution with Energy Efficiency, a pioneering new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Physicians for Social Responsibility that looks at the impact of energy efficiency on US states and cities. In fact, reducing annual electricity use by 15% nationwide would save more than six lives every day, prevent nearly 30,000 asthma episodes each year, and save Americans up to $20 billion through avoided health harms annually.

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Saving Energy, Saving Lives: The Health Impacts of Avoiding Power Plant Pollution with Energy Efficiency Research Report H1801

Research Report H1801

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Pollution from power plants harms public health, contributing to heart attacks, respiratory conditions, asthma attacks, and premature death. Energy efficiency can benefit health by reducing power plant pollution. This report estimates the health and environmental benefits that would come from a nationwide 15% reduction in annual electric consumption. We present results nationally, for states, and for the 50 largest US cities. We go on to describe some of the ways these results might be achieved and how efficiency programs and policies can be designed to maximize public health benefits.

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New Report by PSR and ACEE

Increased energy efficiency pays off by improving public health. On February 21, PSR and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a report outlining the public health benefits and medical cost savings of a 15 percent reduction of annual electric consumption. The report ranks the top beneficiaries among the states and the 50 largest U.S. cities.



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Press Release – Reps. Reed & Steinberg joined by Bipartisan leaders Call for Restoration of Energy Efficiency Funds

Contact: Kyle Ellsworth, Efficiency For All ( Tel 860-580-9076 x103

Leticia Colon de Mejias, Energy Efficiencies Solutions ( Tel: 860-690-5522


Energy and Technology Committee House Chair Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) and Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport) held a press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Legislative Office Building to call for the restoration of energy efficiency funds that were raided in last year’s budget. They were joined by energy efficiency contractors, community members, and ratepayers who have been impacted by the diversion.

The current state budget diverted $175 Million of Conservation and Load Management funds. These cuts to energy efficiency programs threaten to raise electric rates statewide, result in lost jobs, increase air pollution, and threaten our energy security. Ratepayers and businesses have just begun to feel the economic impacts. This has resulted in reduced access to direct energy efficiency services for oil and propane heated homes, as well as oil and propane heated businesses and multifamily properties.

If the ratepayer funds are not restored to the Energy Efficiency programs, then Connecticut ratepayers and our economy will suffer financial losses and fall behind other states on our energy, economic, and environmental goals.

A group of bipartisan leaders attended and spoke alongside business leaders and efficiency workers on the importance of energy efficiency as it relates to the economy. Leaders in attendance included Rep. Reed, Rep Steinberg. Rep Derek Slapp, Rep. Gresko, Rep. Reyes, Rep Tim Ackert, Rep. McCarthy Vahey, Reps Bolinsky, Rep. Demicco

What is EE

Energy efficiency is a way of managing and restraining the growth in energy consumption. Something is more energy efficient if it delivers more services for the same energy input, or the same services for less energy input.

​What leaders and businesses are saying:

“It’s critical that we all begin to understand how vital Energy Efficiency is to strengthening and growing Connecticut’s economy. Energy efficiency is so much more than caulking and insulation. We are talking about an industry cluster that is estimated to support at least 34,000 jobs in this state; and thousands more if you include the downstream companies that manufacture key components such as windows and lighting; and design and build architects and contractors who retrofit factories and other commercial enterprises. We are talking about an incredibly important workforce with  families. We must restore funding and stop bait-and-switch tactics.  We must stop sweeping essential resources that are paid for by utility ratepayers who think they are investing in efficiency and a cleaner, greener environment.”

– Lonnie Reed, State Representative, 102 District, Branford


“Connecticut is known to be a high energy cost state.  While we pursue the shift from fossil fuels to renewable, distributed energy sources, we must also commit to energy efficiency initiatives across the board.  After all, the cheapest energy is the energy we don’t use in the first place!  The funds diverted last year undermine our ability to achieve such efficiencies and support the companies which provide them.”

-Jonathan Steinberg State Representative, 136th District, Westport


“Diverting EE funds is not just disappointing; it is fiscally irresponsible and will result in higher electricity bills for Connecticut’s households, businesses, and state properties.” Energy Efficiency (EE) is an undervalued economic tool for our state economy, our residents, and our businesses. Addressing residential and building energy loss can lower heating and cooling costs by up to 30%; retrofit lighting reduces electricity waste. Reducing wasted energy results in lower operating expenses and frees up capital. EE promotes business competitiveness, helps families and at-risk populations afford household necessities such as medicine, food, and education, and spurs economic growth, while maintaining 34,000 local jobs. Energy efficiency consistently reduces our peak demand, lowering the cost of electricity for everyone in Connecticut, while protecting our environment and human health.

-Leticia Colon de Mejias, CEO, Energy Efficiencies Solutions


“Connecticut’s budget woes partially reflect a broader economic crisis that continues to hit working families the hardest, as the state suffers from a deficit in good jobs.  At the same time, we face a looming climate crisis that has already brought more severe storms and major flooding to coastal communities.  Fortunately, these two crises have the same solution: we need to put people to work protecting the climate.  Our energy efficiency programs do exactly that: they help struggling communities by creating new local jobs, they grow our state’s economy and tax base, and they move us toward a clean energy future that protects the climate for our grandchildren.  Creating a new energy tax by diverting ratepayer funds was a short-sighted decision with immediate and long-term negative impacts on consumers and workers.  The General Assembly needs to restore all funding for these critical programs.”

-John Humphries, Organizer for the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs; and a member of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change


“According to the 2016 Energy Efficiency Board’s Program and Operations Report, energy efficiency programs return $2.30 in energy system benefits for every $1 invested. According to a 2016 CT Green Bank report on clean energy jobs, every $1 million invested in energy efficiency weatherization programs yielded 18 job-years in return;  higher than any other clean energy job.”

-Kyle Ellsworth, Director of Community Relations and Government Affairs, Efficiency For All


“Raiding Connecticut’s energy efficiency funds does measurable harm to our state economy: without the programs they support, efficiency businesses will be forced to cut employees and may even leave the state—taking good jobs with them—and families miss out on energy savings that can make a big difference on electric bills,” said Claire Coleman, climate and energy attorney at Connecticut Fund for the Environment. “What’s more, efficiency programs literally save lives by reducing reliance on dirty fuels that pollute our air and water and change our climate. We ask state legislators to put Connecticut back on the path to a clean energy future this year by strengthening the state’s investments in energy efficiency.”

-Claire Coleman, climate and energy attorney at Connecticut Fund for the Environment


“There are over 300,000 households in CT that cannot afford their energy.  Low and moderate income households are vulnerable to high energy rates, in fact, their energy burdens are up to 25% of their household income. Lowering energy waste can help these households apply their already stretched resources towards basic necessities like food, housing, transportation and in some cases, medical bills. Lower energy waste could also impact  asthma rates as a result of air pollution.   Operation Fuel believes a in well-rounded approach to energy affordability that includes renewable energy projects, community solar, weatherization projects along with a discounted utility rate for low and moderate income customers, and direct energy assistance. CT was gaining momentum with weatherization in lower income communities, and attainable solar.  Sadly that goal will not be sustainable while the energy efficiency funds are diverted.”

-Brenda Watson, executive director, Operation Fuel


“Climate change is one of the most pressing public health issues of our time and we’re already experiencing impacts in Connecticut.  More extreme heat days can lead to dehydration, heat stroke and cause cardiovascular events like heart attacks.  More frequent poor air quality days can lead to exacerbations of asthma and other respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). And as temperatures rise, vector borne diseases, like Lyme, are expanding north and now commonly found in Maine, something unheard of a few short years ago.  Energy efficiency initiatives, like those provided by EnergizeCT programs, are critical to reducing the impacts of climate change. Recent raids of energy efficiency funds cost jobs, hurt Connecticut’s economy and will harm public health and the environment”

-Anne Hulick, RN, MS, JD.; director, Connecticut Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund


2016 BENEFITS of the Energy Efficiency Programs  (one year of savings)

  • Every $1 invested yields $2.30 in energy system benefits
  • $1.4 Billion increase in Gross State Product (2016)
  • $37.7 Million saved by CT businesses (2016)
  • $40.6 Million saved by CT residents (2016)
  • Energy efficiency employs 34,000 CT workers (2017 national DOE report)

IMPACTS  (LOSSES) OF THE Energy Efficiency Diversions

  • $21 Million in Lost Tax Revenue
  • $31 Million in lost in direct Efficiency savings – lowering our state’s competitiveness
  • $30 Million on ISO- NE Penalties (will be paid on our electric bills raising the cost of electricity)
  • 6,800  projected Connecticut job losses (over 2 yrs)
  • 13,000 homes won’t be weatherized
  • 5,900 Low- income and elderly households won’t receive energy reducing services
  • Created a tax on ratepayers electric bills
  • $230 Million lost in efficiency projects


Energy Efficiency measures taken in 2016 reduced Connecticut’s energy use by 88 Megawatts

We Removed A Power Plant!

The contractors of the EnergizeCT programs, including Residential, Small Business Energy Advantage (SBEA), and Commercial and Industrial (C&I), combined to produce results yielding a significant energy savings for the State, saving enough energy through efficiency to power 14,000 homes.

Connecticut jobs in Energy Efficiency (EE) Industry

Number of Connecticut jobs in Energy Efficiency (EE) industry: 34,000

These jobs include: EE contractors, insulation installers, retrofit lighting contractors, sales, Electricians, window installers, and engineers, as well as, BPI certified technicians and support techs.

The average starting hourly wage for a BPI certified lead tech is $18.00, and can reach $25 an hour.