Notes Commissioner's Leadership on Environmental and Energy Policy, Regulatory Reform

Dan Esty's leadership will be "sorely missed," the head of the state's largest business organization said today, noting that his departure from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection comes at a critical time.

"From day one, Dan Esty recognized the importance of economic competitiveness," John R. Rathgeber, president and chief executive officer of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, said. "He often talked about what he called the third 'E' in the agency's name--the economy.

"He took a new, often bold approach to running a government agency, integrating economic priorities, including job creation and lower energy costs, into DEEP's core mission, showing that sound business practices are compatible with sound environmental management."

Rathgeber said that under Esty's leadership, DEEP became a model for other state government agencies, implementing lean business practices while dramatically improving efficiency and customer service.

"He pursued a 21st century regulatory model, breaking down DEEP's core programs and rebuilding them for speed and efficiency and reducing the regulatory burden on businesses," he said.

Rathgeber also noted Esty's role in supporting Governor Dannel Malloy's long-term energy policy initiatives and pursuing partnerships with other New England states to access cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy sources.

"Dan Esty's leadership will be sorely missed," Rathgeber said, "He has done a lot to move the state in the right direction, but there is so much more work remaining to improve Connecticut's standing as a better place for businesses to invest and create jobs."

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