[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of West Haven 9-10-2007. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created within and for the City of West Haven an Energy Commission for the purpose of developing and promoting alternative energy and local renewable energy resources, green energy usage, and new ideas and technology with respect to energy efficiency, conservation, and fuel cost reduction.
The Commission shall consist of five regular members and two alternate members. Each member shall be a citizen of the State of Connecticut who shall either reside in the City of West Haven or have their regular place of business or employment in the City. The members shall be appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council of the City of West Haven.
Regular members of such Commission first appointed shall be designated to serve the following terms, one member for one year, two members for two years, and two members for three years and thereafter shall be appointed annually to serve for three years. Any vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
Alternate members of such Commission first appointed shall be designated to serve for one and two years, respectively, and thereafter shall be appointed to serve for three years. Said alternate members shall serve on the Commission in the absence of a regular member and when doing so shall act with the full power and authority of a regular member. Any vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
Said Commission shall select from its members a Chairman and a Secretary, who shall serve for one year.
All members of said Commission shall serve without compensation.
The purposes of the Commission will be as follows:
To develop and promote energy efficiency and conservation in the City.
To encourage environmental responsibility through the development and promotion of green energy usage.
To develop and promote alternative energy resources, including solar, and local renewable energy resources to reduce the City's fuel costs.
To develop and promote new ideas and technologies with respect to energy efficiency and conservation.
No expenses shall be incurred by the Energy Commission unless an appropriation has been made and approved by the West Haven City Council.
The Commission shall:
Make such recommendations, from time to time, as it deems appropriate to the Mayor and City Council with respect to energy efficient alternatives and fuel cost reduction methods for the City.
Confer with similar commissions of abutting municipalities in order to make recommendations for the development of programs to increase energy efficiency and to reduce fuel costs.
Investigate, foster and promote energy alternatives to reduce fuel costs in the City and work with other state and City agencies towards such ends.
Explore different funding opportunities, including grants, state and federal fund.
Provide an annual report each year to the Mayor and City Council on its activities.