Think Before You Flush

Groton Utilities sewage system is experiencing an increase in non-flushable items going through its system. Items such as wipes, rags, socks, paper towels, cotton balls and feminine hygiene products should never be flushed. They are trash and should be disposed of as such. Clogged sewer lines can cause sewage to back up into streets and into your home. Sewage system equipment can also be damaged, causing downtime and additional labor. Please be kind to your fellow residents who share your sewage system and only flush toilet paper and human waste.

Groton Utilities Easing Customer Burden

Here at Groton Utilities we recognize that the COVID-19 Outbreak has changed everyone’s lives. As a publicly owned utility we have always endeavored to be an active, caring member of the community – and these times make being so even more important.

To help ease some of the financial burden and concerns of our customers during this crisis Groton Utilities has done the following:

  • Suspended the disconnection of service due to non-payment for the next 30 day period, subject to review.
  • Eliminated late payment charges for the next 30 day period, subject to review.
  • Our Customer Service Center is closed to help protect employees and the public.
  • Customer Service is available by phone at (860) 446-4000 for extended hours
    • Monday through Wednesday, Friday – 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Thursday – 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday – 8:00 a.m. to noon
  • As always your utility bill can be paid online at grotonutilities.com or over the phone

Visit the Groton Utilities website at www.grotonutilities.com for more information regarding our rates, payment plans and many other topics. You can also keep up with GU news, outage information and energy saving tips by following us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Groton Utilities Customer Service Center Closing Tuesday Evening

City of Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick has issued a Declaration of Local Civil Preparedness Emergency this evening in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. In addition, the Mayor announced that the City of Groton Municipal Building will be closed to the public indefinitely beginning at the end of business on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The Groton Utilities Customer Service Center will also not be accessible to the public with the building closing to the public. City Government and Groton Utilities will be fully functional, however, and all employees are expected to report to work as usual.

Bozrah Light and Power Customer Service Center will close on Tuesday evening as well.

While the building is closed residents and customers may still call city and utility departments for assistance. Groton Utilities customers can pay their utility bills either online through the company website, grotonutilities.com, or on the phone with a customer service representative at 860-446-4000.

All other transactions and queries can be handled by phone with a customer service representative as well.

Earlier in the day it was announced that all City of Groton public meetings will be closed to the public indefinitely. The meetings will be televised live on Groton Municipal Television Channel 2 and online through their website. This was done in response to State of Connecticut Executive Order 7B, which suspended in-person open meeting requirements due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The City of Groton and Groton Utilities appreciates the patience and understanding of all its residents and customers during this crisis. If you have any questions whatever please do not hesitate to contact us.

Last Cabaret Concert of the Season – Whiskey, Wine and Coke this Sunday

It’s hard to believe that the winter – and the City of Groton Cabaret Concert series – is almost over. It feels like both hardly even began. But the good news is we have one more indoor show this season before we blast into our summer Concerts in the Park series beginning in June. We are very excited to bring back a local favorite – Whiskey, Wine and Coke – to play of us this Sunday, March 8th in the City of Groton Auditorium beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Whiskey, Wine and Coke is the acoustic trio version of the popular local band Coyote River Band. Renee, Dave and Dean love to break out their acoustic guitars to bring music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s to crowds throughout the state. Whiskey, Wine and Coke covers music by The Beatles, Carly Simon, Hall & Oates, Etta James and much more – including country music. So if you enjoy the intimacy of an acoustic trio, join us for a musical trip down memory lane. The City Cabaret concert series is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

The City Cabaret concert series is co-sponsored and co-produced by Groton Utilities and the City of Groton Parks and Recreation Department.

All City Cabaret 2020 concerts are free and held in the City of Groton Municipal Auditorium at 295 Meridian Street in the City of Groton on selected Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Take Exit 87 off I-95. Then turn right at the first light.

Concerts begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at roughly 5:00 p.m.

The full schedule of concerts is as follows:

December 15, 2019The Cartells Holiday Concert

January 19, 2020 – Clan O’Cleary.

February 9, 2020 – Azalea Drive Duo

March 8, 2020 – Whiskey Wine and Coke

Whiskey Wine and Coke are a musical trio with a male and female lead singer and acoustic guitarist. The band skillfully covers songs from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and modern country. Through the intimacy of a trio, they engage their audience to experience musical nostalgia while dancing and singing along to timeless favorites!

Dessert, coffee and bottle water will be available for purchase from the Fitch High School Alcohol and Drug Free Party Committee.

The concerts are free. No alcohol is allowed. The concert info line is (860) 446-4129.

Groton Utilities Supports the Community Through Neighborhood Assistance Act Program

This past December Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light and Power were able to “give back to the community” by use of the popular State of Connecticut  Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program. Through this program Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light and Power were able to make the following contributions to local non-profit organizations:

$145,714.24 to Sacred Heart School (Groton Utilities)

$56,733.35 to Town of Groton (Bozrah Light and Power)

$34,971.42 to Riverfront Children’s Center (Bozrah Light and Power)

According to the State of Connecticut Department of Revenue Services website “The Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program is designed to provide funding for municipal and tax exempt organizations by providing a corporation business tax credit for businesses who make cash contributions to these entities.”

Through this program non-profit organizations can apply for funding from Groton Utilities or Bozrah Light and Power to help pay for specific projects via the state tax credit. An organization can receive a maximum of $150,000 in a single year through the program and the applications are judged and then approved or denied by the state. The total amount for the program according to the State of Connecticut is five million dollars. Projects defined as meeting energy conservation criteria can receive up to a 100% credit through this program.

Each tax credit reward is designed to help fund a specific project. Energy conservation projects may be given tax credits of up to 100% of the total cost of the project while other project types can receive a maximum of 60% of the project cost. Sacred Heart School, which previously had no air-conditioning in its school, installed nineteen combination heat/air conditioning units (mini-splits) throughout its building. Sacred Heart School is now able to provide a comfortable learning environment no matter the outdoor temperature in a cost-effective manner.

“The Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act enables organizations to take advantage of this initiative to conserve energy,” said Dr. Gail Kingston, Principal of Sacred Heart School, “and to purchase energy efficient equipment that otherwise an organization may not be able to afford within their budgetary constraints while giving businesses a 100 percent tax credit.”

Riverfront Children’s Center used the funding to replace aging, drafty windows with new energy efficient windows. New windows help reduce heat loss and hence lower monthly heating bills. Finally, the Town of Groton applied for and received funding to help pay for the conversion of their lighting at the Groton Community Center to LED fixtures. LED lighting is much more energy efficient and longer lasting than previous lighting solutions and will therefore lower their energy bills and not require replacement as frequently.

For more information regarding the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program you may visit the Department of Revenue Services website page on the subject.

To apply for funding each municipal agency or tax-exempt organization must complete in its entirety Form NAA-01, the program proposal application, and submit it to a participating municipality for approval.

To view a list of all businesses to receive funding in 2019 through the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program click here.

Rebates and Tax Credits Make Buying an Electric Vehicle More Affordable

With electric vehicles (EV) starting to come into their own (technology-wise) this is really the best time to purchase an electric vehicle. More than 330,000 electric vehicles were sold in the United States in 2019, compared to approximately 157,000 just three years earlier. Electric charging stations are beginning to pop up in more and more places and home chargers are reasonably affordable as well. Additionally, the range that an EV can travel on a single charge has increased over the years to the point where many models exceed 250 miles on a single charge. Tesla, in fact, has several models that they claim can travel well over 300 miles without needing a charge.

Electric vehicles are clearly the wave of the future, but that future has taken a little longer to arrive than some may have expected. That’s partly because of range limitations and a prior lack of on-the-run charging options. More importantly, the hold-up on the EV revolution may be due to the cost of purchasing an EV is often-times prohibitive. It is all well and good to be mentally ready to make the switch to an all-electric car, but when push comes to shove the (financial) bottom-line often rules the day when making a vehicle purchase. Though the cost of an electric vehicle has come more in line with their gasoline counterpart in recent years, EVs still cost more, plain and simple.

We have good news.

State, local and federal governments want you to switch over to electric vehicles. EVs are essential to achieve the U.S. Government’s renewable energy, air quality, and climate change goals. The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation – with transportation making up the largest portion.

To help ease the burden of purchasing electric vehicles there are rebates available from the State of Connecticut, the U.S Government and from Groton Utilities. Below is a list of currently available rebates and links to appropriate websites to apply for them.

FEDERAL:

Receive up to $7,500 in federal tax credits for buying an Electric Vehicle

United States Department of Energy Federal Incentive Program

GROTON UTILITES:

For a limited time Groton Utilities will issue a $2,000 rebate for an electric vehicle purchased by Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light & Power customers. Also available is a $1,000 rebate for an electric vehicle leased by Groton Utilities and Bozrah Light & Power customers. For more information, visit the Groton Utilities Electric Vehicle Rebate Program page on our website.

Additionally Groton Utilities has a $600 rebate available on the purchase of any wifi-enabled level 2 charger. Visit our Electric Vehicle Rebate Program page on our website for more information.

STATE:

Receive up to a $5,000 rebate from the State of Connecticut for residents who purchase or lease a new eligible battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric or fuel cell electric vehicle.

CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – EV Connecticut

APPA (American Public Power Association):

The American Public Power Association has partnered with Nissan to offer its member public power community across the U.S. exclusive rebates on the all-electric 2019 Nissan LEAF through March 31, 2020.

Public power customers and employees are eligible for a rebate of $3,500 on the 2019 Nissan LEAF 40 kWh Standard and of $2,500 on the 2019 Nissan LEAF 62 kWh ePlus. To claim the rebate, customers must download this flyer (updated Jan 9, 2020) and take it to a local Nissan dealer, along with proof of eligible residency and a current electric bill.