RESOLUTION PROPOSING CLEAN ENERGY COMMITMENT
WHEREAS, the Town of Woodstock promotes conservation and the study of the use of renewable energy sources; and
WHEREAS, electricity generation produces more harmful air pollution than any other single human activity and emission from traditional methods contribute significantly to global warming; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. energy needs are expected to grow by 33% over the next 20 years and clean technologies can be generated and distributed right in the U.S.; and
WHEREAS, Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced in a cost-effective manner that enhances economic development by applying currently available energy efficiency technologies and renewable energy programs that save money, create jobs and strengthen local economies; and
WHEREAS, renewable energy resources â€“ such as wind, solar and wastewater residuals are constantly replenishing themselves, and, if properly managed, will be available to serve our energy needs forever leading to energy independence; and
WHEREAS, the Connecticut Legislature has mandated the creation of a clean energy option for consumers who will be able to sign up for clean energy on their electric bill; and
WHEREAS, the 20% by 2010 campaign is a Connecticut not-for-profit initiative that has undertaken an effort to encourage community action in support of putting Connecticutâ€™s customers on a path to having 20% of their energy supply come from clean, renewable energy sources by 2010; and
WHEREAS, the Woodstock Conservation Commission has consulted with The Connecticut Clean Energy Options Program and reviewed information on the Stateâ€™s 20% by 2010 Campaign as well as the electric companies Smart Power initiative;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Woodstock Board of Selectmen recognizes and supports the goal of the 20% by 2010 campaign.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town of Woodstock will adopt the goal of making at least 20% of its energy purchases come from renewable energy sources by the year 2010, and encourage the Town to undertake further energy and fuel efficiency measures.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the town council commits to allocating 100% of any electricity savings to additional town purchases of clean energy.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Town of Woodstock shall encourage all of its businesses, institutions and households to engage in energy and fuel efficiency measures and to adopt the goal of making at least 20% of its energy purchases come from renewable energy sources by the year 2010.