Connecticut stands at an energy crossroads. We can continue down the path of fossil fuel dependence, or we can go down the path of clean, renewable energy like wind and solar power. Unfortunately, the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has developed a Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) that perpetuates our reliance on fossil fuels and fails to meet CT's renewable energy potential. We need to turn this around!
Fortunately, lawmakers in Hartford have the authority to change this and can instead adopt policies that support a clean energy future. Contact your legislators today, and tell them to support renewable energy development in Connecticut, not more pipelines and fossil fuel infrastructure!
Email Governor Malloy and the House and Senate leadership today. Urge them to support a more aggressive clean energy plan for Connecticut's future and say NO to new pipelines and fossil fuel infrastructure!
Dirty Gas Pipelines Are Not the Answer!
Our dependence on fossil fuels like gas pollutes our air and water, contributes to climate change, and leaves us vulnerable to volatile price increases. Gas pipelines are known to leak frequently, allowing large quantities of methane gas—which is a greenhouse gas 34 times stronger than CO2—to escape into the atmosphere. Regretably, the CES has prioritized the expansion of gas infrastructure, which will shackle our state to fossil fuel dependence for decades to come.
Repeal Connecticut's Gas Infrastructure Tax
CT residents will have to foot the bill for gas infrastructure expansion through a charge on ratepayers' electric bills. Similar charges have been blocked in Massachussetts, 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!
CT Must Set and Meet Aggressive Renewable Energy Goals
Clean, renewable energy resources like wind and solar, along with energy efficiency, can help reduce pollution that contributes to climate change, protect public health, and create well-paying jobs. CT has a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal of generating 23% of our electricity from renewable resources by 2020. The CES includes a new RPS goal of 30% renewables by 2030. Both goals fall far short of meeting CT's renewable energy potential! Like several other states, CT can and should adopt a much more aggressive goal. CT should implement a revised RPS target of generating 50% renewable energy by 2030.
Connecticut Needs a Full-Scale "Shared Solar" Program
Shared solar programs allow residential customers to reap the benefits of clean solar power, even if they are unable to install solar panels on their homes. Shared solar carries significant benefits, such as producing clean, pollution-free energy, saving ratepayers money on their utility bills and creating a more resilient and reliable energy grid. Unfortunately, the CES recommends imposing an annual 20 megawatt (MW) cap on shared solar installations through 2030. In 2016 alone, Connecticut installed approximately 100 MW worth of shared solar. If implemented, this cap would reduce shared solar deployment 80% from the current rate. CT should't limit the program, it should expand the program. A 200 MW community solar program would power nearly 30,000 homes, support 2,600 jobs, and generate $81 million in property taxes for local governments over the projects' lifetimes.
Thank you for taking action. Together we make a difference!
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