Eversource will invest an additional $14 million in its energy partnership with the University of Connecticut.
The university's board of trustees Dec. 8 approved a seven-year extension of the partnership, established in 2015 to make Connecticut a national leader in addressing climate change and clean energy through the Eversource Energy Center.
The company also promised to engage under-represented minority undergraduate students in all areas of sustainable energy research.
"We share Connecticut’s goal of a greener energy future and are always focused on innovative solutions that benefit our customers and advance clean energy," Eversource president and CEO Joe Nolan said.
"We also applaud UConn’s expansion of our agreement to include and promote a diversity and inclusion undergraduate research focus among the pillars.
"Creating pathways for historically under-represented groups in the clean energy industry aligns with our increased focus on racial and social justice."
Current research areas include storm outage forecasting, tree and forest management, electric grid reinforcement, resiliency, climate change and flooding, geomagnetic disturbances, integration of renewable generation, and cybersecurity.
“It’s an honor to expand on the crucial work we are doing in collaboration with Eversource, which has benefited millions of people across the New England region,” said UConn Eversource Energy Center Director Emmanouil Anagnostou.
“This collaboration is a model for how private industry and academia can work seamlessly, blending cutting edge research with real-world challenges where weather, resiliency, and energy intersect.”
CBIA president CEO Chris DiPentima applauded the extension of the partnership and Eversource's continued investment, saying “Connecticut will only grow stronger through these types of collaborations."
“The largest education institution in the state and utility provider working together to promote green energy is a win for Connecticut business owners and residents," he said.
"The more energy options the state provides, the more attractive it becomes to new businesses."