Connecticut town turns on the power
After Connecticut passed legislation in June to allow cities to create Energy Improvement Districts (EIDs), Ansonia, Conn., became the first city in the state to create such a district last month. In the EID, small generation units powered by natural gas or diesel, fuel cells, solar cells or wind turbines will be built to sustain the electricity needs of local businesses. Ansonia will design the EID to supplement electricity from the regional power grid, save money for participants and reduce demand on established power networks. In the next few months, the Ansonia Board of Aldermen will create a district board to devise an energy plan and contract with a firm to set-up and maintain the system. Washington-based Pareto Energy is advising the city on the project.