Green Jobs

Electric Rate Relief
In response to increasing electric rates in Connecticut and the growing disparity between rates in Connecticut and neighboring states, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Christopher G. Donovan, convened a Rate Relief Panel to review the approach Connecticut has taken in determining electric costs. The Panel met on January 4 and 11 and February 1, 2010. Participants presented background information and legislative recommendations to provide electric rate relief.

Conclusion:
It is difficult to pinpoint exact savings to Connecticut ratepayers if the Panel's recommendations are adopted. However, their adoption will bring Connecticut's electric rate system into closer alignment with best practices in other states, our region and nationwide. it is reasonable to expect that similar rate structures will lead to similar rate reductions and yield savings to ratepayers.

Next Steps:
The Energy and Technology Committee will raise a bill on electric rate relief that includes the individual recommendations listed above. The Committee will conduct a public hearing to allow interested parties to comment on the recommendations.


Current News & Issues

May 12, 2010
MOMENTUM BUILDS FOR ENERGY BILL AS ADVOCATES, BUSINESSES, LEGISLATORS RALLY IN SUPPORT
Legislative leaders: Bill will lower electric rates, make CT homes and companies more energy efficient, reduce reliance on fossil fuels
Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn), House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden), co-chairs of the General Assembly's Energy and Technology Committee Senator John W. Fonfara (D-Hartford) and Representative Vickie O. Nardello (D-Cheshire), and Representative Minnie Gonzalez (D-Hartford) today led a press conference at the state capitol to encourage Governor M. Jodi Rell's support of landmark energy reform, and to tout the bill's potential to lower electric rates, increase the generation of renewable energy and promote energy efficiency. READ MORE


March 1, 2010
SPEAKER DONOVAN'S PANELS ON GREEN JOBS AND ELECTRIC RATE RELIEF RELEASE REPORTS OF RECOMMENDATIONS
Donovan says green jobs and electric rate relief will lead to job growth in state
Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden) and Energy Committee co-chair Rep. Vickie Nardello (D-Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect) today announced the release of two reports from separate working groups that the Speaker created earlier this year to investigate the issues of green jobs and electric rate relief in the state. READ MORE