By Luther Turmelle, The Middletown Press,
Officials with a regional energy and environmental advocacy group say diverting money from Connecticut’s energy efficiency programs to help balance the state’s budget will cause long-term damage.
- William Dornbos, Connecticut director and senior attorney at Acadia Center, said Wednesday that the proposal by Senate Republicans to divert $160 million annually from the state’s energy efficiency programs over the next two years “would effectively end Connecticut’s energy efficiency programs for the next two years, and perhaps beyond.”
“Cost-effective energy efficiency is at the center of any modern clean energy strategy, and so this troubling cut would be a needless step backwards for Connecticut, almost certainly crippling the emerging clean energy economy that will be so crucial to our future.” Dornbos said.
The cut being proposed by Republicans represents a two-thirds reduction from current funding levels, he said.