Shared from the 12/26/2019 NewHavenRegister eEdition

Avangrid donates $413K to help nonprofits become more energy efficient

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Lori DeStefano, right, a technical support specialist with Orange-based Avangrid, greets representatives of Connecticut nonprofits that received grants from three subsidiaries of the company during a recent ceremony.

The three Connecticut subsidiaries of Orangebased Avangrid have made over $413,000 in grants to help non-profits around the state become more energy efficient.

The United Illuminating Co., Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas awarded grants to 53 nonprofit organizations in 22 communities. The grants ranged from about $2,500 to $20,000 and were provided under the state’s Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credit program.

Tony Marone, president of the three utility companies, said the donations “help our nonprofit partners achieve ongoing energy savings, so they can focus on the programs and services that they provide in the community.”

Some of the nonprofits that are to receive grants include:

• More than $9,700 to help fund the renovation of the headquarters of Marrakech, a New Havenbased organization that provides services for the disabled.

• $6,800 to help pay for the replacement of heating and air conditioning system hardware at the Westport County Playhouse.

• $3,400 to help cover the cost of a roof replace at the Emanuel Synagogue school in West Hartford.

• More than $9,700 going toward energy efficiency improvements at the Sterling House Community Center in Stratford.

• More than $9,700 to help fund a boiler conversion at the New Haven Hebrew Day School. (now Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy)

• More than $4,800 going toward an upgrade of the air conditioning system at the Riverfront Recapture boathouse in Hartford.

• Nearly $20,000 for an energy efficient greenhouse at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

The grants were made as part of Connecticut’s Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit program. The program offers a corporate tax credit to encourage businesses to provide financial support to local nonprofit organizations.

Over the last nine years, the three Avangrid subsidiaries have made more than $3.8 million in grants through the program.

United Illuminating is an electricity distribution company that serves approximately 335,000 customers in 17 towns in the New Haven and Bridgeport areas. Southern Connecticut Gas serves about197,000 customers in 24 Connecticut communities.

Connecticut Natural Gas has approximately 177,000 customers in 26 communities statewide.

luther.turmelle @hearstmediact.com

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