Green Energy Moves ForwardMay 28, 2019
I am pleased that Connecticut is taking important steps with innovative ideas to help us address our environmental and energy challenges.
Today, my colleagues in the House voted on a comprehensive measure that will lay the ground work towards sustainable green initiatives that include investments in renewable energy and green technology to help us achieve some of our long term energy goals.
House Bill 5002, a green economy and environmental protection measure, will lead to the deployment of solar energy in our state and increase green jobs and economic activity.
Here is what this legislation does:
- Extends renewable energy programs, including traditional net metering and extends the Green Banks renewable solar investment program.
- Expands the virtual net metering cap which will reduce energy costs for municipalities.
- Requires DOT to put together a land inventory on which lands are suitable for Class I energy resources. For example, solar energy on lands adjacent to state highways.
A provision in the bill will also create a Green Jobs Career Ladder website for jobs in the green technology industry, which will include a listing of careers and the jobs available in the state.
Additionally, the measure will promote the construction of high performance green state buildings that have reduced emissions and conservative water resource management, as well as promote sustainable and regenerative meter cycles.
I am encouraged by legislation like this that will create new and viable career opportunities, benefit the environment and help protect our planet for generations to come. I am particularly proud that the green jobs ladder, originally a separate bill, made it into a combined bill which now moves to the Senate.