The Connecticut Chapter of AABE was formed in September of 1994. Rodney Russell (The United Illuminating Company) Lloyd Johnson and Joel Williams (The United Illuminating Company) were the key individuals who took the first steps in helping to create the chapter. Rodney Russell is the chapter founder and is credited with shouldering a great deal of the work in pushing the idea forward. Beginning in June of 1993 the group attended several meetings with the New York AABE Chapter to learn first hand about the AABE organization.
The First Connecticut Chapter Officers were:
Joel Williams, The United Illuminating Company
Sharon Bradford, Southern Connecticut Gas
Juanita Davis, The United Illuminating Company
Karen Turman, The United Illuminating Company
Patricia Younger, Southern Connecticut Gas
In 2001 the Connecticut Chapter had the distinction of taking a leadership role in coordinating the National AABE Conference held in Hartford, CT. It has also served as a host for a regional conference in 2000 and participated on the planning committee for the 30th Anniversary National Conference in Washington, DC.
Northeast Utilities, The United Illuminating Company, Connecticut Light & Power, Yankee Gas, Western Massachusetts Electric Company and Southern Connecticut Gas are some of the companies represented in the chapter. Over the years many events centering on professional development, state and national energy policies were held to inform the community and the membership. The chapter is most proud of its scholarship program which began in 2003. Since then, over $70,000 in scholarships have been awarded to minority students in Connecticut. As a result of a partnership with Granville Academy the chapter continues to provide important information to students on energy awareness and careers associated with the industry. Through its programs and collaborations with local utility companies, the chapter has established itself as a positive force in preparing youth for leadership roles in the energy industry and addressing energy issues affecting people of color.
National AABE Chapter of the Year Awards
2001, 2002, 2003 2005, 2006