[Adopted 7-6-2009 by Ord. No. 40-09; amended in its entirety 1-2-2018 by Ord. No. 01-18]
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 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 of 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;
At least one representative 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 citizen representatives;
A representative from the North End Action Team; and
A maximum of two non-voting student representatives at the high school and/or collegiate level.
The Deputy Public Works Director and Energy Coordinator shall be staff to the Task Force.
The Task Force shall research and make recommendations concerning the following matters:
City participation in Connecticut clean energy initiatives and alignment with state carbon reduction goals;
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 to residents, businesses, and institutions related to clean energy and conservation;
Public/private partnerships to advance the City's energy and economic objectives and goals;
Review an annual energy report prepared by the Energy Coordinator, which highlights Middletown's energy consumption and initiatives;
Review plans from City building committees to evaluate energy use and opportunities for efficiency and renewable energy to determine the feasibility of energy improvements in that project.
Advise the Mayor and Common Council on the following:
Recommended actions relating to the annual energy report, improving energy efficiency and conservation, reducing energy costs, increasing implementation of renewable energy, and reducing harmful energy-related environmental impacts in the City of Middletown; and
Policies at the municipal and state levels that support energy use reduction and clean energy.
Initiatives and actions serving as the City's advisory Sustainability Team, including, but not limited to those related to achieving Sustainable CT Municipal Certification.