Will Special Session Have Energy for More?

06.01.2012
Issues & Policies

State lawmakers are preparing to return to the State Capitol for a special legislative session on Tuesday, June 12 to wrap up some budget-related issues. But what many are wondering is: What else might—or should—they try to tackle?
Among those watching is Dan Esty, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Like many observers, Commissioner Esty (a keynote speaker at CBIA’s annual Environmental and Energy Conference Wednesday, June 6 in Waterbury) was disappointed that the regular session left some positive proposals on the table.
Businesses felt the same way, as we reported in this post-(regular) session story. The legislature now has the rare opportunity for an energy “do-over” in the special session.
Lawmakers can still take important action that will allow Connecticut homes and businesses to benefit from clean, cheap energy sources in our region–such as natural gas and hydropower–and move Connecticut beyond its current rate-payer subsidized model for promoting energy efficiency.
We’ll know soon what legislators decide to consider. In the meantime, next Wednesday, Commissioner Esty will appear with Ira Leighton, DeputyAdministrator, US EPA Region 1, in a moderated luncheon keynote panel at the conference.
The officials will outline the direction of their agencies for the next four months and field questions from the audience.
See the conference brochure here. Or register here.

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