Yearly Archives: 2015

TTD Takes the LEAD on Energy Savings

Earlier this month there was an article in The Hour discussing the City of Norwalk’s plans to convert existing street lights to LED lights. Touching on the many benefits that LED lights provide – it also indicated that with the more than 7,000 utility poles in Norwalk, it would take some time and planning to execute the program.

In our district, TTD solely manages 671 street lights and we began our LED light conversion program in early 2013. As of the end of November, this year, we have converted 72% of the lights.

This program, when complete, will result in a wholesale savings of over $62,000 per year and a retail savings of over $80,000 per year.

In addition to the savings, the life cycle of the LED lights vs. traditional lights is near double. On average, LED lights will burn for 80,000 hours, or approximately 20 years whereas traditional lights will burn for 7-10 years.

LED lights are also brighter, creating a safer environment for East Norwalk residents and businesses. Other benefits include less light pollution – no ‘spillover’ of lighting – and the need to change bulbs less frequently reduces the potential for lineman accidents.

This is just one of TTD’s many initiatives demonstrating our commitment to safety and energy conversion – keeping us ahead of the curve.

CONNECTICUT CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION APPLAUDS $72 MILLION IN LIHEAP FUNDING

HARTFORD (October 26, 2015) – U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Reps. John Larson (D-1), Joe Courtney (D-2), Rosa DeLauro (D-3), Jim Himes (D-4), and Elizabeth Esty (D-5) announced today that the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released $72, 346,318 in LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) funding for the State of Connecticut. Read more.

TTD Celebrates Public Power Week, October 4-10, 2015

Public Power Week 2015

TTD Commissioner Debora Goldstein at APPA Legislative Rally in Washington, DC earlier this year.

East Norwalk, CT (October 5, 2015) – TTD is celebrating Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek), October 4-10, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 48 million Americans.

“Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity TTD provides to our community,” said Jim Smith, TTD General Manager. “Public power puts the people of East Norwalk first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of having a community-owned, locally controlled utility that is accessible and places customer needs ahead of profits,” said Smith.

“Our service is reliable and safe and we take pride in serving our friends and neighbors,” added Smith. “TTD is proud to have served East Norwalk for more than 100 years.”
Today TTD has 12 employees, operates 4 substations and serves approximately 3,900 residential and commercial customers.

About TTD
TTD operates a municipal, ratepayer-owned Electric Department that provides high service, reliable, low-cost electricity to East Norwalk residents and businesses. The company also supports the local community with concerts and holiday events, as well as supporting the East Norwalk Association Library and Norwalk Fire Department Firehouse, and maintaining the East Norwalk Historical Cemetery. The Third Taxing District is governed by a Board of three Commissioners and a Treasurer. The commissioners are elected by the residents to six-year terms. The Treasurer is elected for a two-year term. The Commissioners’ terms of office are staggered so that every two years one commissioner is up for election.

About Public Power Week
Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 48 million Americans. With no divided loyalties, these utilities are focused on a single mission — providing reliable electricity at a reasonable price, while protecting the environment. Learn more at www.PublicPower.org.

TTD Announces Enhancements to Energy Conservation Programs

TTD Provides Energy Efficient and Cost-Saving Options to Residential and Commercial Customers

Norwalk, CT (September 29, 2015) – Norwalk’s Third Taxing District, (“TTD”) recently announced the details of enhanced energy conservation programs and partnerships now available to their customers.

“We are always looking for ways to help our customers save money on electricity costs,” said Jim Smith, General Manager of TTD. “After considering the everyday needs of residents and business owners in the district, we evaluated new options, as well as improvements to existing programs, and are excited to roll them out for the benefit of our customers.”

One of TTD’s newest offerings is a Commercial and Industrial Lighting Program, which encourages commercial and industrial customers to replace any indoor or outdoor lighting system that was installed before 2011 with high efficiency fluorescent light or LED technology. This program includes an incentive structure with rebates from TTD that are more than double the normal cash rebate value ($.32 per kilowatt-hour saved).

“This program gives our commercial customers an opportunity to upgrade their facilities with new lighting while taking advantage of rebates,” Smith continued. “Our team has worked diligently to make this process as seamless as possible for our neighborhood business owners.”

As part of TTD’s on-going commitment to their leadership role in energy conservation and environmental stewardship, TTD has established a renewable energy fund to benefit their customers. The renewable energy fund is earmarked for helping to develop Renewable Power and Solar PV throughout the district.

“Solar energy, including the increased development and use of solar gardens, is a key component in the long-term energy-efficiency goals at the state level,” commented Smith. “Our Renewable Power and Solar PV program will allow our customers to choose the best solar option for their needs, and TTD can assist customers with rebate programs and partnerships that make the investment financially feasible.”

In addition to the new programs available, TTD also completed an internal review of existing energy conservation programs to ensure that all available offerings are relevant to the current needs of their residential and commercial customers. Some of these additional options include “Energy Assistance – ABCD,” which replaced the NEON program and assists income-eligible people who have difficulty paying the cost to heat their home, and “Green Power,” a three-tiered program that gives customers the option to change their personal reliance on fossil fuels.

TTD also assists customers who want to take advantage of incentive opportunities available directly from the State of Connecticut. Rebates are available through TTD to offset the cost of certain qualified home improvement projects, including the installation of a high-efficiency air conditioning equipment system, or purchase of an eligible Energy Star Heat Pump Water Heater with an Energy Factor of 2.0 or greater.

For more information on TTD’s Energy-Saving Programs, visit ttd.gov/programs or call 203-866-9271.

TTD Hosts Library Master Plan Forum

IMG_9382IMG_9383On July 9th, Norwalk’s Third Taxing District (“TTD”) hosted their most recent public forum to discuss the process and progress of developing a master plan for the district-funded library – the East Norwalk Association Library. The event took place at The Marvin, and welcomed TTD ratepayers and other members of the East Norwalk community.

The collaborative discussion was led by the master plan consultant, Alex Cohen of Aaron Cohen Associates, LLC, who was on-hand once again to answer questions about the progress and goals of the master plan. Attendees were given a chance to see preliminary progress on design options for library space, and were encouraged to provide input and ask questions about the plans. Some potential design elements included different configurations for the main and lower levels of the building, including designated locations for teen, children and meeting areas.

Results of TTD’s online survey have been vital to the master plan process, and East Norwalk residents who have not yet participated are urged to complete the simple survey before time runs out.

For more information, please contact TTD General Manager Jim Smith at 203-866-9271.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Governor Fitch Park Tree

The tree in Governor Fitch Park at Rogers Square was lit blue for the month of April to bring awareness to Child Abuse Prevention.

As Child Abuse Prevention month comes to a close, we are proud of our partnership with the Norwalk Exchange Club to bring awareness to this important issue.