[Adopted 7-6-2009 by Ord. No. 40-09]
There shall be a permanent commission of City officials and citizens known as the "Clean Energy Task Force." The purpose of the Task Force shall be to advise to the Mayor and Common Council, conduct research, and make recommendations to improve energy efficiency and conservation, avoid energy costs, promote renewable energy and reduce harmful energy-related environmental impacts in the City of Middletown. These functions shall include examining and making recommendations on technology that is currently available to produce electricity from sources other than fossil fuels that is clean, sustainable and emission-free, such as wind turbines, photovoltaics, low-flow water turbines, geothermal and methane gas (Connecticut Class I Renewable.). The Task Force shall be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Common Council every two years.
The Clean Energy Task Force shall consist of a minimum of nine voting City officials and citizens and a maximum of two non-voting student representatives:
Two representatives from the Common Council, from different political parties;
A representative from the Board of Education;
At least one representative from Wesleyan University, Middlesex Community College or any other local institute of higher education;
A representative from the Chamber of Commerce;
Two local representatives from environmental organizations, including but not limited to: the Conservation Commission, Nature Conservancy, Jonah Center for Earth and Art, Middlesex Land Trust and Recycling Commission;
A minimum of two (maximum of three) citizen representatives; and
A maximum of two nonvoting student representatives at the high school and/or collegiate level.
The Chief Management Analyst and the Deputy Public Works Director shall be staff to the Task Force.
The Task Force shall research and make recommendations concerning the following matters:
City participation in the Connecticut 20% by 2010 campaign, a not-for-profit initiative to encourage municipal clean energy options;
The purchase of renewable energy certificates;
On-site renewable energy installations and conservation measures;
Funding opportunities for the purchase of clean energy and energy conservation technologies;
Community-wide education related to clean energy and conservation;
Public/private partnerships to advance the cites energy and economic objectives and goals;
Preparation of an annual energy report to highlight the state of Middletown's energy usage and Initiatives;
Advise the Mayor and Common Council, conduct research, and make recommendations to improve energy efficiency and conservation, avoid energy outs, promote renewable energy and reduce harmful energy-related environmental impacts in the City of Middletown.