Northwest Connecticut Economic Development Corporation
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Meeting Minutes -Board of Directors
Monday, May 16, 2016
@ NW CT Chamber of Commerce
The meeting was called to order by President/Chairman Doug Parker at 8:05 a.m.
Attendance: Jocelyn Ayer, Peter Bevivino, Bill Burgess, Frank Chiaramonte, Susan Clayton, David Dean, Fran Delaney, Anthea Disney, Lou Helt, Brad Hoar, Mark Lyon, John Maxwell, Laura McCarthy, Pat Mechare, Rich Meinert, Ted Murphy, Doug Parker, Leo Paul, Dan Sherr, Steve Silver, Don Stein, Kevin Sullivan, Larry Sweeney, Sharon Waagner, Amy Wynn, Steve Zarrella
Guests: Jane Williams (NCCC), Katherine Freygang (Cornwall Energy Task Force), Scott Gray (NW CT Chamber), Walter Klimczak, Jr. (Eversource Gas), Frank Wolak (FuelCell Energy)
1. Eversource Energy
Steve Silver, Community Relations and Economic Development Specialist for Eversource Energy & Walter Klimczak, Jr., Western Regional Manager of Maintenance for Eversource Gas
- Gas burns more cleanly than oil or coal.
- Eversource is expanding current gas lines, the lines come from Mass.
- The line stops in Torrington, Torrington has had gas lines since 1952.
- Gas quality is pure methane, there is an abundant supply.
- There are 3,250 miles of pipeline, with 151,000 services (customers)
- The forecast is to lower prices with planned expansion for Torrington
- 30 miles of pipe replaced each year (budget $40 million/year)
- Average cost per mile to install new pipe is $800,000.
2. Connecticut Green Bank (formally CT. Clean Energy Fund)
Bob Wall, Associate Director of Outreach for CT Green Bank
- 20,000 people (residential) now use solar energy in CT
- State supported program to encourage clean energy use
Programs for Commercial customers
- C-PACE - Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy
a. 100% financing of green energy
b. CT solar equipment leasing program
c. Multi-family housing financing available
- Energy on the Line
a. Designed for manufacturers
b. New program - six month window to apply
3. FuelCell Energy
Frank Wolak, Vice President Government Relations for FuelCell Energy
- An integrated company: R&D, sales, manufacturing, project execution, and services
- Started in 1995, now has 600 employees in Danbury & Torrington
- 300 employees at the Torrington manufacturing facility (built in 1996)
- Fuel cell stacks (made of 4 modules) generate 2.8 MW
- Use natural gas (non combustible) and/or bio-methane
- Gases are converted to hydrogen with nearly zero carbon emissions
- Best suited for densely populated areas (universities, cities, factories)
- 100 units installed worldwide (CT, S. Korea, California, Germany)
- Current expansion project in Torrington from 65,000 ft. to 167,000 ft.
- Work force will expand at Torrington manufacturing facility when new expansion is completed in 2017 from 300 to 500.
- The cost of generation is 10 cents per kilowatt hour.
- FCE is working with Exxon/Mobil to capture gases from refineries for use with fuel cells
4. Cornwall Energy Taskforce
Katherine Freygang, Chair
- Cornwall decreased residential energy consumption by 20% by using clean, renewable, green energy.
- Task Force encouraged home energy audits.
- Town-wide efforts earned a solar panel for the school.
- Surplus energy generated by solar panels goes to low income housing.
- Town offices are net zero energy users because of the solar panels.
- A portfolio Manager Assistant Program is available to better inventory energy usage.
- They sponsor community events to raise awareness and publish newsletters.
- She suggests integrating efforts with other towns to maximize benefits.
VI. Adjourn (9:40 a.m.)
NW CT Economic Development Corporation