Connecticut's Energy Future

Making Connecticut a national leader in:

  1. Lowering energy costs
  2. Moving toward clean energy
  3. Creating jobs and new businesses
  4. Ensuring safety and reliability

Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Lower Electric Rates

  • Creates an Electricity Procurement Manager to work with the utilities for lower electric rates
  • Expands electricity contracting options for increased market flexibility
  • Studies electric market rules and their effect on higher rates
  • Requires electric companies to offer time of use rates and meters
  • Explores options for discounted electric and natural gas rates for struggling families and seniors
  • Implements consumer protections for residents and businesses looking to choose an electric supplier

New Industries in Clean Energy

  • Creates the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority (CEIFA) to leverage private capital and administer the Clean Energy Fund
  • Supports zero emission electric generation projects (solar, wind, hydro) with renewable energy credits (RECs)
  • Reduces incentives over time to drive technologies toward market competitiveness
  • Supports low emission electric generation (ex: fuel cells) at half the zero emission level program level
  • Expands permissable Clean Energy Fund projects to include electric and natural gas vehicle infrastructure, electricity storage and efficiency financing
  • Establishes a residential solar photovoltaic program
  • Explores repowering of older, dirty electric generators
  • Expands accountability for all clean energy programs

Reducing Energy Costs for Homes and Businesses

  • Creates the Office of Energy Efficient Business, a one-stop-shop to proactively reach out to businesses
  • Helps businesses install efficient cogeneration and anaerobic digestion facilities, turning waste into energy
  • Targets a 10 percent reduction in state building energy use by 2013, another 10 percent by 2018
  • Creates the PACE program to finance energy improvements through property assessments
  • Assists homes and businesses with replacement of inefficient boilers and furnaces
  • Enhances efficiency standards for electronic devices


Promoting Green Businesses

September 22, 2011 — Senator Meyer tours Pat Munger Construction Co. of Branford, a commercial general contractor that recently expanded into the renewable energy aspect of building and general construction, including installation of solar photovoltaic, solar thermal and geothermal systems.

Helping Businesses Cut Their Energy Costs

August 5, 2011 — At C. Cowles & Company, a New Haven precision manufacturer, Senators Martin Looney and Toni Harp detail how the state’s new energy policy will help Connecticut businesses to lower their energy costs.

Solar-powered Savings

August 2, 2011 — Visiting with a New Britain homeowner who lowered his energy costs by installing photovoltaic solar panels, Senator Terry Gerratana discusses some of the solar-friendly aspects of Connecticut's new energy policy.

Building Connecticut’s Energy Future

June 6, 2011 — Senator Fonfara presents legislation that charts a new course in energy policy, making Connecticut a national leader in embracing clean energy, lowering energy costs, and developing energy jobs, industries and businesses.

The General Assembly’s
Energy & Technology Committee

The Energy & Technology Committee considers legislation on all matters related to the Department of Public Utility Control and energy planning and activities.

Senator Bob Duff, Senate Chair; 860-240-0414

Senator Gary LeBeau, Senate Vice-chair; 860-240-0511

News Releases from
Senate Democrats on Energy Issues

Bartolomeo’s Energy Expo Offers Cost-Saving Heating Options for Connecticut Families 1/13/14

Bartolomeo: State-of-the-Art Training Will Create Jobs and Energy Opportunities for Connecticut 11/20/13

Duff Recognized by the CT Farm Bureau for Support of Farm Energy Issues 11/15/13

Duff Joins Operation Fuel for Release of Energy Affordability Gap Study 11/14/13

Duff Calls for Innovative Thinking in Home Heating Assistance to Help More Families 9/24/13

Duff Applauds State’s Selection of Two Large-Scale Clean Energy Projects 9/20/13

Fonfara: New Parkville Microgrid Will Make Power More Reliable at Key Locations 8/15/13

Fonfara Applauds Approval of 2 C-PACE Solar Projects in Hartford 8/1/13

Duff Applauds Governor Malloy’s Signing of Major Energy Legislation 7/8/13

Monroe Legislators Announce Passage of Major Energy Efficiency Improvements 6/5/13

Duff & Reed Win Final Passage of Comprehensive Energy Strategy Bill 6/5/13

Duff Attends Groundbreaking for North America’s Largest Fuel Cell Park 5/3/13

Connecticut Senate Votes for Renewable Energy Reform 5/1/13

Duff: Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Passes Senate 4/24/13

Duff Highlights the Importance of Home Heating Assistance and Operation Fuel 4/11/13

Duff: Norwalk Energy Efficiency Project Will Help Shopping Plaza Businesses to Save 4/1/13

Commerce Committee Chairmen Declare Home Heating Tax Dead 3/21/13

Meyer Receives Sneak Peek of Nearly Open Greenleaf Biofuels 2/28/13

Duff to Chair Legislature&rsquos Energy & Technology Committee 1/10/13