Bridgeport To Become Leader In Renewable Energy

June 6, 2017

We have been working for some time to bring energy options to Bridgeport that increase efficiency and decrease harmful environmental impact. This program puts us on the right path to a cleaner, greener tomorrow.

House Bill 6304 will allow the city to build a Combined Heat and Power Plant that will support the Bridgeport Heating District. Through this, thermal energy will be generated through a combined heat and power generator unit. The heat that is dispelled will be sent through pipes to heat Bridgeport city buildings.

Bridgeport was selected for the pilot program because of the city’s push to create more renewable energy locally, and its objective to improve its air quality and decarbonize the atmosphere.

I am pleased our delegation worked together to move legislation that will have significant impact on

our city as we look forward to becoming a leader on thermal loop technology.Everything we do today to advance green energy is a sure step forward towards a stronger and cleaner planet for generations to come.

Two legislative sessions ago, the state set aside $9 million to help fund the pilot program. This program stands to benefit not only city taxpayers but residents statewide.

This cutting edge technology is the most cost-effective way to heat cities while minimizing environmental impact. Through district heating, the use of natural gas or oil by customers will result in a nearly 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

This pilot program will not only allow employees to learn a new skill, but it will increase job growth in Bridgeport. The economic impact for the project’s initial phase is approximately $50 million from construction and full-time jobs. The city is also slated to receive associated tax revenues from the project.

HB 6304 now heads to the Senate for consideration.