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July 8, 2013

Duff Applauds Governor Malloy’s Signing of Major Energy Legislation

Two new laws target greater energy efficiency, expanded access to natural gas, and cheaper renewable energy

On Monday State Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) joined Governor Dannel P. Malloy at the State Capitol in Hartford as he signed two pieces of major energy legislation into law. Taken together, the bills implement a new Comprehensive Energy Strategy for Connecticut, while restructuring state support for renewable sources of electricity to provide for cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy.

Senator Duff serves as Senate Chairman of the General Assembly’s Energy & Technology Committee, and led legislative passage of both bills earlier this year.

“I am very proud of the work we have done this year to make the state’s energy supply cleaner, cheaper and more reliable. Every home and business in Connecticut requires energy on a daily basis, making the affordability of energy essential to the health of our state’s economy. There will now be more affordable and alternative energy options available than ever before, and efforts to conserve or be more efficient in the use of energy will have an even greater pay-off,” said Senator Duff. “I would like to thank Governor Malloy for his leadership, and also my Co-Chair Rep. Lonnie Reed and all the members of the Energy Committee in both parties for all they did this year.”

The two pieces of legislation are Public Act 13-298 (formerly House Bill 6360) and Public Act 13-303 (formerly Senate Bill 1138).

Two years ago, Connecticut took on the largest energy reforms in its history, including the creation of a dedicated energy department, the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP). Those reforms directed the new department to lay out a Comprehensive Energy Strategy for the state, and Public Act 13-298 begins the process of implementing that strategy.

The new law targets greater energy efficiency in the state’s homes and businesses by incentivizing weatherization and equipment upgrades, and also promotes renewable energy through low interest financing and advanced metering technology. The act also facilitates tree trimming to make our electric grid more reliable during major storms, and makes converting to cleaner, cheaper natural gas an affordable proposition for hundreds of thousands of Connecticut homes and businesses.

Public Act 13-303 makes strategic adjustments for fulfilling Connecticut’s historic 1998 commitment to derive 20 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by the year 2020. In order to meet this goal more affordably, the new law will allow for renewable generation sources to be secured through cost-effective long term contracts.

The act will also allow the Connecticut electric market to harness competitively-priced hydropower to drive down electric prices at times of peak demand. State support for biomass and landfill gas generation plants—the least clean of all renewable energy sources—will be gradually reduced.


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