Connecticut DEEP finally released their Draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy on July 26, 2017.
Originally planned to be released in September of 2016, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), has finally released it’s draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES). The 2013 version of this policy is what provided incentives for conversion to natural gas for heating. The projected increase in use from that older policy is what created the “need” for Kinder Morgan’s CT Expansion pipeline. Even through those conversions failed to materialize in numbers that would have called for an increase in capacity, the project has gone ahead and is now nearing completion.
Put simply, the 2017 CES plan is too little, yet it is not too late to do something about it. Advocates are urging Governor Malloy and DEEP to improve the draft plan, helping the state meet its goals of reducing carbon pollution and delivering affordable and reliable clean energy to families and businesses within the state.
By the administration’s own analysis, the state’s draft plan is not sufficient to achieve Connecticut’s carbon reduction goals. Advocates say the final plan should do more to accelerate clean energy requirements, end subsidies for heating homes with gas, expand energy efficiency policies, and put forward a more ambitious path to further invest in the electrification of transportation and heating.
Analysis for the Governor’s Council on Climate Change showed that Connecticut needs to reach nearly 100 percent carbon free electricity, power virtually all vehicles with that clean electricity, and transition most oil and gas heating to heat pumps by 2050, and that faster deployment of those resources through 2030 would grow Connecticut’s economy and create more jobs. Instead, Connecticut ratepayers are currently subsidizing 900 miles of new gas pipeline, and other accompanying infrastructure, to connect nearly 300,000 customers to fracked gas.
This 2017 CES needs greater emphasis on clean, renewable energy, electric vehicles, and deploying home heat pumps for heating and cooling would reduce carbon pollution contributing to climate disruption, while avoiding the need for new dirty energy infrastructure, saving families and businesses money, all while creating jobs and building economic prosperity.
DEEP has announced the following series of meetings for review and comment on the draft:
August 14, 2017, 6:30 PM
Webb Hall, Room 110
Eastern CT State University
83 Windham Street, Willimantic, CT
August 16, 2017, 6:30 PM
Beacon Hall Events Center, Room 214,
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, CT
August 21, 2017, 6:30 PM
Fort Trumbull State Park Conference Center
90 Walbach Street, New London, CT
August 29, 2017, 6:30 PM
Torrington City Hall Auditorium
140 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Torrington, CT
September 6, 2017, 4:00 PM
Gina McCarthy Auditorium
DEEP’s Hartford Office
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT
September 7, 2017, 6:30 PM
Jones Auditorium, Britton Building, 2nd Floor
CT Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT
DEEP has developed the draft Strategy and invites public comment on the draft Strategy. DEEP is providing a 60-day period during which comments will be accepted.
All interested persons are invited to submit written comments electronically on or before September 25, 2017, by 4:00 p.m.
Written comments can be electronically filed on the DEEP website.
Written comments can also be e-mailed to DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov or sent via US Mail to Debra Morrell, DEEP’s, Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy, Ten Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051. All of the written comments received on the draft Strategy will be posted on the DEEP website.
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( Short Link: bit.ly/CT-CES-2017)