Legislature’s Budget Proposal Raids Ratepayer Clean Energy Funds

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Environment Connecticut

Statement of Environment Connecticut State Director Chris Phelps on proposal to raid Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative funds in legislature’s revenue proposal

Hartford, CT – “Today, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Finance Committee proposed to raid $20 million dollars in ratepayer clean energy funding as part of its state budget plan. These funds, received from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative power plant carbon pollution cap, currently go to programs that create clean energy jobs and cut energy bills for Connecticut families.”


“Make no mistake, raiding ratepayer clean energy funds will kill clean energy jobs, raise energy bills, and undercut Connecticut’s efforts to fight climate change.”


“Governor Malloy wisely did not include this anti-jobs, anti-ratepayer, anti-climate action idea in his budget proposal. We urge the governor and legislature to reject this step backwards on Connecticut’s commitment to creating clean energy jobs, cutting energy bills, and fighting climate change.”