Lamont Unveils Plan to Reduce Energy Costs, Create Jobs, Preserve Open Spaces

Jun 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Energy, Energy Conservation, Open Space, Smart Growth

New Haven, CT – Businessman and Democratic candidate for governor Ned Lamont unveiled a comprehensive plan to grow Connecticut’s economy by lowering energy costs, expanding renewable energy production and encouraging conservation efforts.

“Connecticut’s high energy costs not only cost our families and businesses money, they cost us jobs,” Lamont said in a news release. “As governor I will fight to lower those costs and help a new generation of renewable energy entrepreneurs lead Connecticut into the future economy. With a new kind of leadership and some Yankee ingenuity, we can conserve energy and preserve Connecticut’s environment while growing our economy and creating jobs in the process.”

As governor, Lamont will:

  • Create up to $500 in yearly utility bill savings for the average Connecticut family by negotiating long-term contracts with power generators and supporting weatherization programs at the state level.
  • Allow towns to offer property assessed clean energy (PACE) loans to home and business owners, enabling them to pay for clean energy improvements only as fast as the savings come in.  Families will be able to go green without cracking open their wallets each month.
  • Make sure Connecticut workers get the skills they need to power our green economy by teaming with trade unions, vo-tech schools, and community colleges to expand green job training.
  • Make it easier for entrepreneurs to start or grow a green business, providing funding for promising early-stage companies and establishing a 24-hour, 1-800 line with an advocate who can help them start, fund, locate, staff, or expand.
  • Preserve our historic farmlands by providing incentives, such as those in the Community Investment Act, for families to keep their land as farms, rather than sell it to developers.

Lamont’s energy and environment plan follows his Business Plan for Connecticut, released in April, which outlined his strategy to create jobs and attract and grow businesses in the state, and his Plan to Renew our Cities, which focused on job creation, transportation, education, and smart growth in Connecticut’s cities.

To read a copy of Lamont’s plan to reduce energy costs and create jobs, click here: http://action.nedlamont.com/page/s/energy

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