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"Connecticut has committed to a carbon free electric grid by 2040, but we can't get there with FERC tying our hands," said Tong.
Municipalities recognized by the state program are eligible for up to $250,000 toward energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects.
Mayor Thomas Roach pledged support for the Sierra Club's Mayors for 100% Clean Energy initiative.
The designation allows the cities to apply for state funding for additional clean energy projects.
A group of 17 Westchester municipalities signed a power purchasing agreement earlier this month that is the first of its kind in New York State.
The state House of Representatives approved a bill to revise Connecticut's renewable energy standards, but not before amending the Senate-passed bill to make it tougher for the state to procure energy from large-scale hydropower sources to meet those standards.
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