March 5, 2014

Janet Gail Besser, NECEC VP Policy and Government Affairs; Senator Clark Chapin; and Peter Rothstein, NECEC President.

Hartford, CT — State Senator Clark Chapin (R-30), Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee and Environment Committee, received the Clean Energy Champion Award last week. The New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) honored Senator Chapin with the award during the Clean Energy Day celebration at the state Capitol on Thursday, February 27. The award recognizes his commitment to advancing the development of clean and reliable energy in Connecticut.

“I am honored to receive this recognition for working to support clean energy,” said Senator Chapin, “Many of us are committed to making Connecticut a better place to live and work, and that includes addressing our environmental needs across the state. Clean energy offers a path to new technologies, new jobs and more affordable energy prices. I look forward to continuing the advancement of renewable energy, to benefit Connecticut families today and for future years to come,” he said.

The NECEC, the lead voice for hundreds of clean energy companies across New England, recognized Senator Chapin for influencing the energy policy agenda and advocating for the growth of our clean energy economy.

Connecticut Clean Energy Day and the NECEC award showcase the growing vitality of the clean energy industry and the importance of consistent policy support to catalyze the state and regional economy.

“Clean Energy Day is a tremendous opportunity for the clean energy companies driving much of Connecticut’s economic growth to get the word out about the vitality of our industry,” said NECEC President Peter Rothstein. “Connecticut clean energy companies are bringing new technologies to market and delivering important renewable energy and energy efficiency services to businesses and residents both within Connecticut and throughout the region, making our energy cleaner and more affordable.”

Senator Chapin is frequently recognized for his efforts supporting Connecticut’s environment and energy development. In addition to his clean energy award, he has received statewide recognition for his work on issues affecting Connecticut’s water supplies and water quality, farmland preservation, and for his work on behalf of boaters and the marine trades. He has also been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association multiple times. For more information on Senator Chapin’s policy initiatives visit