Gov. Dannel Malloy on Friday unveiled a draft of his energy plan for the state and said it will create jobs, give residents and businesses more choice about the fuels they use for heat and power, lower energy costs and better protect the environment and natural resources.
The plan Malloy released on Friday during a meeting in Cromwell includes making a lower-cost natural gas option available to more than 250,000 residents and 75 percent of businesses in the next seven years, as well as expanding efficiency programs to help residents and businesses reduce energy use.
Malloy’s plan also includes reexamining the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards, which currently calls for 20 percent renewable power by 2020, to raise the standard and increase the mix of renewable options.
According to the Malloy administration, the plan is expected to generate at least 10,000 jobs.
“Our environmental, energy, and economic challenges are all related – and tackling them together offers the best chance to lower the cost of electricity and heat for our families and seniors, the best chance to lower the cost of power and make our businesses and industries more competitive so [they] can create the jobs that our residents need, and the best chance to reduce air emissions and other harmful impacts on our land and water,” Malloy said.
The plan, developed by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection,
analyzes total energy needs – electricity, heating, power for manufacturing, and fuels for transportation – for residents and businesses going out to the year 2050.
The full plan and the schedule for public meetings are available online at ct.gov/energystrategy.
The plan is now available for public comment and several meetings are planned.
Written comments on the draft strategy should be filed directly on the DEEP website using the electronic filing system.
Any questions should be directed to Debra Morrell at 860-827-2688 or by email at email@example.com.