End Connecticut's Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Repeal Connecticut's Ratepayer Gas Infrastructure Tax

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Our dependence on fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and gas, pollutes our air and water, contributes to climate change, threatens public health, and leaves us vulnerable to volatile price increases. Each stage of the fossil fuel life cycle—extraction, transportation, processing, and combustion—all carry significant environmental and economic costs.

Rather than moving aggressively toward meeting Connecticut's critical renewable energy goals, Connecticut has instead prioritized the expansion of gas infrastructure. Connecticut passed legislation in 2015 that requires ratepayers to foot the bill for gas infrastructure expansion through a charge on ratepayers' electric bills. We must not shackle Connecticut to fossil fuel dependence for decades to come on the backs of CT ratepayers!

Email Governor Malloy and the House and Senate leadership today! Urge them to repeal Connecticut's ratepayer gas infrastructure tax and move aggressively to meet CT's renewable energy goals.

Background:

Connecticut Must Turn Toward Clean, Renewable Energy: Renewable energy such as solar and wind does not cause pollution at the point of generation, requires no water resources to operate, can be generated in-state, and creates good local jobs. CT set a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal of deriving a minimum of 23% of total in-state electricity generation from renewable sources by the year 2020. Unfortunately, with only three years remaining, Connecticut is not on pace to meet the RPS goal. We are currently generating only 2.4% of our electricity from renewable energy sources.

State Policies Taking Connecticut in the Wrong Direction: Rather than moving aggressively toward meeting our state's critical renewable energy goals, Connecticut has instead wrongly prioritized the expansion of gas infrastructure. As a result, Connecticut has not only fallen behind on meeting our clean energy goals, but we are unfortunately becoming increasingly reliant on natural gas imports from out of state. Connecticut is currently developing a draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy to significantly expand gas infrastructure, which would result in the construction of five new gas-fired power plants as well as the expansion of hundreds of miles of gas pipelines across the state. This must be stopped.

Connecticut's Ill-Conceived Gas Infrastructure Tax: Connecticut passed legislation in 2015 that requires ratepayers to foot the bill for gas infrastructure expansion through a charge on ratepayers' electric bills. Similar charges have been blocked in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, but Connecticut's tax remains in place. Connecticut's gas infrastructure tax leaves Connecticut ratepayers to shoulder a disproportionate share of the costs in a region-wide expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in New England. We must not shackle Connecticut to fossil fuel dependence for decades to come on the backs of CT ratepayers!

Thank you for taking action. Together we make a difference!

Sincerely,

All of Us at CCE