Gov Malloy Signs Landmark Bills on Climate Change Resiliency and Renewable Energy
- Jun 21, 2018 4:00 pm GMT
"The time to act is now,"
"In his farewell address to the nation,
The environmental bill - Public Act 18-82, An Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency - contains a number of provisions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare the state for the ongoing effects of climate change and sea level rise, including:
* Implementing an interim target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent from a 2001 baseline by 2030 as recommended by the
* Updating current statutory references to sea level rise to reflect the
* Requiring all future state projects located in the Coastal Boundary that are either undertaken by a state agency or funded by a state/federal grant or loan to meet CIRCA's projections.
The energy bill - Public Act 18-50, An Act Concerning Connecticut's Energy Future, takes bold action in the development and deployment of affordable clean energy by:
* Increasing the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 40 percent to deploy more renewables of all sizes for all customers;
* Creating "successor" programs for commercial, industrial and residential programs to provide sustainable growth of renewables in
* Expanding opportunities for municipalities, state agencies, and agricultural customers to deploy renewables under an auction structure;
* Revising net metering so
* Creating a statewide shared clean energy program that targets low moderate income customers.
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