Connecticut Could Be First State to Roll Back Its Renewable Energy Standard

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A quick one to keep an eye on and get your best booing voice reader for: New York Times is highlighting a bill passing through Connecticut's legislature that would slash in half the state's current renewable energy goal of getting 20% of its electricity from clean sources by 2020:The bill's backers are concerned that, because Connecticut has limited land available to build utility-scale wind or solar power projects and much of that 20% renewable electricity would have to be purchased from out of state, the 2020 goal is too ambitious. Additionally, due to lack of financing, 150 MW of planned renewable energy projects (primarily fuel cells and biomass) are stalled.

Lest that sounds like merely throwing in the towel: The pending bill would spend money equal to what utilities would have had to spend to meet the renewable standard and use it to fund no-interest loans for consumers to buy renewable energy products and fund energy efficiency improvements.

All of which would make Connecticut the first state in the country to roll back it's renewable standard--and make the New England state, once leading the way in this area, to have a lower standard than China.

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