Homegrown energy: Lawmaker wants state to develop its own resources – The New Haven Register

Oct 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Energy Efficiency, Renewables

CROMWELL — The co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee told business leaders from around the state Wednesday that he is opposed to bringing in renewable energy sources from out of state to meet goals set for the year 2020, the New Haven Register reported.

State Sen. John Fonfara, D-Hartford, equated bringing wind and hydropower from northern New England and Canada to meet Connecticut’s renewable energy goals to “buying oil from Saudi Arabia.”

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“Connecticut absolutely should prioritize local clean energy solutions such as energy efficiency and in-state renewable generation,” said Christopher Phelps, Program Director with Environment Connecticut. “These are the cheapest and quickest ways to build a clean energy economy in Connecticut.”

Phelps said that’s one reason Environment Connecticut is expending so much energy to get the solar bill passed — because there is enormous untapped potential for solar and other clean renewable energy to create long-term jobs and provide affordable clean energy to the state’s homes, businesses and municipalities.

While Phelps said it’s refreshing to hear a decision maker such as Senator Fonfara recognize that we have untapped clean, renewable energy resources available to us here in Connecticut, it would be foolish to close the door to getting large amounts of clean energy from outside of Connecticut.

“There are no silver bullets when it comes to transitioning to a clean energy economy and bringing in renewable energy from large scale out of state wind farms and other sources should be part of the solution,” Phelps said.

Phelps also agrees with Fonfara when he says the legislature accomplished very little this year on energy.

“On the one hand,” Phelps said, “the House of Representatives passed a number of clean energy and energy efficiency bills. The Solar Bill for example passed the House unanimously. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to bring any clean energy bills up for a vote before adjourning for the year.”

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