HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Thirty-five Connecticut communities are being recognized for their efforts to improve energy efficiency.

The 35 municipalities will earn their first “Bright Idea Grant” through the Clean Energy Communities program. The grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 and can be used toward an energy-saving project selected by the community.

To date, a total of 78 cities and towns are participating in the program. Each has signed a pledge to reduce municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent by 2018 and to voluntarily purchase 20 percent of their municipal electric needs from renewable sources by 2018.

State and local officials, as well as representatives from Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating, are scheduled to be on hand for the recognition event Wednesday at the state Capitol.

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