A Look at Connecticut's Green Energy Programs

How effective are they and how do they compare to Massachusetts?

Dan Esty weighs in on the future of Connecticut's renewable energy programs.
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A Look at Connecticut's Green Energy Programs
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A Look at Connecticut's Green Energy Programs

In his second inaugural address Monday, President Obama addressed the nation on the need for clean and renewable energy, but he might as well have been talking about Connecticut.

Each state has developed its own plan to harness wind, solar, hydro and geothermal power. And by most indicies Connecticut ranks in the bottom half of the states in terms of renewable energy -- far behind our neighbor Massachusetts.

In speaking with Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard Sullivan, Connecticut's DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty said many of those rankings are out of date and don't take into account the progress the state has made in the last year in terms of renewable energy production, in particular solar.

Solar installations are on the rise ever since the renewal last year of available tax credits and rebates for those looking to install panels on their homes and businesses. 

Ultimately, however, many renewable forms of energy such as solar and wind face the challenge of intermittancy, a problem currently being solved by a battery currently underway at Massachusett's Institute of Technology. 

Today we dive into the details of Connecticut's plan to develop and implement clean and renewable energy.



Email from Jennifer

Members and staff of the New England Clean Energy Council were excited to hear today's show, and in particular DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty and Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard Sullivan discuss the growth and potential of clean and renewable energy in their states and the region. We also appreciated hearing the insights of Ed Steins of SolarCity and Donald Sadoway of Masschusets Institute of Technology. Today, NECEC is holding a Connecticut Clean Energy Day in Hartford, bringing our member companies together with key policy-makers and leaders at the State Capitol throughout the day.

NECEC is a membership organization whose mission is to accelerate New England’s clean energy economy to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean energy companies. NECEC’s members and sponsors include clean energy businesses, services and technology companies, venture investors, major financial institutions, universities, industry associations, utilities, labor and large commercial end-users. They span the broad spectrum of the clean energy sector, including energy efficiency, renewable energy (e.g., solar, wind, hydro, anaerobic digestion), combined heat and power (CHP), biofuels, advanced and “smart” technologies (e.g., smart grid, storage, batteries, materials), among others. A cross- section of our renewable, biomass, thermal, efficiency and energy services members are operating and investing in Connecticut and more are interested in doing so. Please visit us at www.cleanenergycouncil.org.

NECEC seeks to provide education and insight on issues vital to the clean energy technology sector. We advocate for policies that are critical to ensure consistent market signals to drive investment and economies of scale in this young and rapidly growing industry – one which is already bringing energy, economic and environmental benefits to Connecticut’s and New England’s citizens, businesses and industries.