Connecticut’s Clean Energy Plan

November 16, 2015

I am grateful The Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs invited me to speak at a press conference announcing the findings of their new report “Connecticut’s Clean Energy Future: Climate goals and employment benefits.”

According to the report, Connecticut can realize its official climate goal – reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent below 2001 levels by 2050 – while adding more than six thousand jobs to the state economy and saving money on electricity, heating, and transportation costs.

The report was prepared by the Labor Network for Sustainability and the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs, with research conducted at Synapse Energy Economics by Dr. Frank Ackerman, Tyler Comings, and Spencer Fields.

Connecticut’s report is based on the national study “The Clean Energy Future: Protecting the Climate, Creating Jobs, and Saving Money” released October 14, 2015. The national study lays out an aggressive strategy for energy efficiency and renewable energy that will:

  • Transform the electric system, cutting coal-fired power in half by 2030 and eliminating it by 2050; building no new nuclear plants; and reducing the use of natural gas far below business-as-usual levels.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 86 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, in the sectors analyzed (which account for three-quarters of US GHG emissions).
  • Save money – the cost of electricity, heating, and transportation under this plan is $78 billion less than current projections from now through 2050.
  • Create new jobs – more than 500,000 per year over business as usual projections through 2050.

This report confirms that Connecticut’s clean energy future is not just good for the environment but for our economy as well. Building a clean energy infrastructure will create good middle-class jobs and save energy costs in the long-run. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the legislature and more specifically with the Environment Committee, to help move Connecticut toward a cleaner and greener energy future.

To learn more about the work of the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs, visit www.CTClimateandjobs.org.

Press Release: CONNECTICUT’S CLEAN ENERGY PLAN