University received nearly $1 million in incentives for energy efficiency upgrades installed on North Haven Campus
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — November 13, 2023 — United Illuminating and Southern Connecticut Gas, subsidiaries of Avangrid (NYSE: AGR), today presented a Sustainability Achievenment to Quinnipiac University to recognize and commemorate the university’s commitment to energy efficiency. Most recently, the university received nearly $1 million in incentives from UI and SCG for energy efficiency investments, including lighting upgrades and new occupancy controls, on its North Haven Campus.
“I am honored to present this achievement to Quinnipiac President Olian today to recognize their long-standing commitment to sustainability through energy efficiency,” said Frank Reynolds, President & CEO of UI and SCG. “When a top-tier university in our service area utilizes energy efficiency programs to full effect, as Quinnipiac has done and continues to do, it sets an example for all institutions and businesses across the state. I am proud of our long-standing partnership with QU, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with the QU team to identify new ways they can maximize their energy usage and reduce their carbon footprint.”
Across its campuses and facilities, Quinnipiac University, in partnership with UI and SCG, has installed a variety of upgrades to promote energy- and cost-savings, including kitchen hood controls and exhaust-fan controls. In its most recent upgrades to its North Haven Campus, Quinnipiac replaced traditional light fixtures with LED lighting across the campus, installed occupancy controls on exhaust fans, and placed demand controls on the ventilation system. While the cost of the upgrades totaled approximately $1.5 million, the incentives combined with estimated annual cost-savings of $172,000 means that Quinnipiac’s most recent investment is projected to pay for itself in under four years.
“This award is a symbol of our commitment to sustainability and our ongoing efforts to reduce energy waste by being more efficient with our energy consumption,” said Quinnipiac President Judy Olian. “Under the leadership of our Sustainability Implementation Committee, we are transforming our practices and leveraging our campuses to promote a healthy regional ecosystem, and to equip current and future students, faculty, and staff to embody sustainable practices in their personal and professional lives by preparing them to thrive in a world increasingly influenced and affected by environmental disruption. We are proud to partner with our local communities and with United Illuminating and Southern Connecticut Gas to achieve outcomes that support the long-term sustainability of our region.”
EnergizeCT™ is a joint intitiative in partnership with all of Connecticut’s electric and gas distribution companies, the Connecticut Green Bank, and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) to empower our communities to make smart energy choices now and in the future. Businesses and organizations of all sizes qualify for incentives through the commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs; interested parties can visit https://business.energizect.com/ for more information. Additionally, all Connecticut residents can qualify for residential energy efficiency upgrades through the Home Energy Solutions / Home Energy Solutions-Income Eligible program.
“I am delighted to see the energy efficiency partnership between Quinnipiac University and UI and SCG,” said North Haven First Selectman Mike Freda. “This partnership and collaborative initiative ties in perfectly to the great mission of pursuing clean energy initiatives that is so important for all of us. I am very grateful for two great Presidents, Frank Reynolds and Judy Olian, coming together to produce this positive outcome.”
# # #
Sarah Wall Fliotsos