Adds Support for Regional Energy Initiative

Robert Klee's appointment as the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's new commissioner brings continuity to the agency, the head of the state's largest business organization said today.

"The promotion of Robert Klee highlights Governor Malloy's commitment to continuous improvement," said John R. Rathgeber, president and chief executive officer of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA).

As a key staff member working with former commissioner Dan Esty, Klee played a critical role in the agency's efforts to improve customer service, increase efficiencies, and consider economic impact in its decision-making.

"Through lean practices and process streamlining, the agency is a good example of how best practices from the business world can be applied to state government," Rathgeber said.

Rathgeber also noted that he is pleased that both Katie Dykes and Macky McCleary will remain with the agency as deputy commissioners.

"It's vital that the agency further its initiatives to remove barriers to economic competitiveness and reduce energy costs while continuing to fulfill its role as steward of Connecticut's natural resources," he said.

To that point, Rathgeber also added his support to today's announcement advancing the regional initiative to expand energy infrastructure and lower costs.

"Finding ways to reduce energy costs while helping manufacturers, other businesses, and residents gain access to cheaper, cleaner, more reliable energy from a diversity of sources will make Connecticut a more attractive place for business investment and job creation."

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CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with 10,000 member companies. For more information, please contact Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957; meaghan.macdonald@cbia.com) or visit the CBIA Newsroom.