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Connecticut Small Businesses to Receive Energy Assistance

Published on Feb 17, 2011


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Women- and minority-owned businesses in Connecticut may receive a break in energy costs, thanks to a new energy assistance program announced Tuesday. The program, which will be run by Operation Fuel, includes an investment of more than $1.1 million - money that analysts hope will help more than 1,200 small businesses throughout the state cut their electricity bills and learn more energy efficient practices. Dominion - the owner of the Waterford-based Millstone nuclear complex - has pledged $1 million to the initiative, while PSEG - parent company to the PSEG Power LLC that owns generating stations in Bridgeport and New Haven - is contributing $150,000. "Operation Fuel's new program is unique and dynamic," said Robert Blue, Dominion senior vice president of law, public policy and environment. "Small businesses, such as (minority- and women-owned companies), play a vital role in the communities in which they operate, creating jobs and making many of their purchases locally." Earlier this month, the U.S. Small Business Administration launched the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program, which will allow federal agencies and contracting officers to set aside contracts specifically for women-owned firms, thereby improving conditions for female entrepreneurs forming a company.