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Tax & Fee Watch: Legislators Introduce Malloy Bill to Dramatically Ramp Up Renewable Energy

February 20, 2018 By Staff
Tax & Fee Watch: Legislators Introduce Malloy Bill to Dramatically Ramp Up Renewable Energy

Democratic leaders in the legislature back a Malloy effort to increase, by 50 percent, renewable energy mandates in the state of Connecticut.

An effort proposed by Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.), and supported by Democratic leaders in the legislature, would ramp up by 50 percent Connecticut’s renewable energy mandate.

PV Magazine reported:

As the latest, the office of Connecticut Governor Daniel P. Malloy has filed a bill to extend the state’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) from the current 28% by 2020 to 40% by 2030.

…The filing of this bill follows on a proposal by the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) in its Comprehensive Energy Strategy published earlier this month, as one of many plans to address the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The top four Democrats in the legislature – including Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney (D-New Haven) and Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) – filed the bill on Malloy’s behalf.

According to the bill’s text, it would add requirements for the years 2021 through 2030, to bring Connecticut’s “total output or services of any such [electric] supplier or [electric] distribution company” from 21-percent renewable energy to 40-percent renewable energy.

What is not mentioned at length in the bill is the cost of this proposal, and whether or not electric suppliers would pass increased costs on to consumers.

Reclaim Connecticut reported last week that Connecticut already has the highest electricity rates in the continental United States.