CFE Responds to Task Force Findings Green Jobs Panel and Electric Rate Relief Panel Report Out

Mar 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Energy, Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Legislation

Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE) released the following statement on the findings of two panels convened by Speaker Chris Donovan to address business expansion in the state’s green sector and energy rate relief. The panels met in January and February of 2010 and convened legislators, business leaders, utilities representatives, workforce training experts, trades representatives, and others to find solutions to Connecticut’s high energy costs and struggling business climate.

The recommendations outlined by the Green Jobs Panel and the Electric Rate Relief Panel will be the catalyst for legislation aimed at increasing the number of in-state, well-paying green jobs and decreasing residents’ electric costs.

The Electric Rate Relief Panel reported that Connecticut residents pay the highest electric rates in the continental United States, a situation that has been identified as an onerous burden by homeowners and businesses.

“These findings highlight the need for investment in the energy efficiency and clean energy funds,” said CFE staff attorney Charles Rothenberger. “Connecticut can move forward on both the economic and environmental fronts by supporting the mechanisms that encourage clean energy companies to develop long-term relationships with the state.

“This not only provides stability to a skilled green workforce like energy auditors and solar installers,” Rothenberger said, “but it also positions us as a favored business locale for clean, green energy. This is far preferable to having to play catch-up with surrounding states that are drawing our trained workers out of Connecticut.”

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