As a member of the Environment Committee on Governor Ned Lamont's Transition Team, CTLCV worked alongside other advocates and leaders to identify key policy goals for the next year and beyond. From investing in offshore wind to preserving water as a public trust resource, we worked hard to present a menu of policies that would ensure all communities would have a place in the green economy Governor Lamont hopes to build.
Here you can track the progress we're making on Governor Lamont's environmental agenda. Some of these items were identified in the Governor's budget address, in the environmental platform he put together during the 2018 campaign, or were key priorities of the Transition Team and environmental advocates across the state.
Upheld Connecticut's participation in the Paris Climate Accords.
Working with legislators to pass a Green Economy Act for Connecticut.
Committed to transitioning Connecticut to zero-carbon by 2050 or sooner. CTLCV is encouraging Gov. Lamont and legislators to add this language into the Green Economy Act (HB 5002).
Gov. Lamont's transition team proposed working with neighboring states to develop regional carbon pricing to cut emissions and fight climate change.
Committed to ending the raids on the Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency funds. The next diversion of $54 million from the Energy Efficiency fund is set for June. CTLCV is working with the administration and legislature in the hopes of halting that diversion.
Called for at least 1,000 MW of offshore wind energy and the development of a new offshore wind farm. CTLCV hopes to grow the investment to 2,000 MW of offshore wind energy. The governor's bill, SB 875, is currently making its way through the legislature.
Committed to fixing net-metering for solar energy customers and increasing access to community & shared solar projects. HB 7251 is currently making its way through the General Assembly.
Called for a zero-carbon Connecticut, which would involve ending our reliance on natural gas. A bill to remove the Pipeline Tax from the statute was introduced, but died in the Energy Committee in 2019.
Appointed Katie Dykes to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
Called for funding and protecting the Community Investment Act. This bill (SB 1061) was voted out of the Environment Committee and is making its way through the legislature.