Senate Bill #9 (SB 9) is the Governor's energy bill, incorporating many elements of the state's Comprehensive Energy Strategy that was released in January 2018.
The Energy & Technology Committee will hold a public hearing on SB 9 on Thursday, March 1st @1:00pm in Rm 2E of the Legislative Office Building (directions & parking info here). You can come to the hearing and speak in person and/or submit written testimony (see instructions below).
This is a long bill, with many parts. Three important components:
- Expanding the Renewable Portfolio Standard: the bill would require at least 40% Class I renewables by 2030. We support this proposal as the minimum level necessary to achieve our climate goals and create jobs in the clean energy economy we need. This higher RPS will support the growth of offshore wind in the northeast. Download the coalition's RPS Fact Sheet.
- Eliminating Net Metering for residential solar: We oppose the proposal to eliminate net metering because it would have a dramatic negative impact on what has been a thriving industry in CT. Download Acadia Center's Net Metering Fact Sheet. (Net metering is the policy that allows customers to reduce the electricity they purchase from utilities when they consume the energy from their solar panels on-site. Basic description here.)
- Restructuring energy efficiency program funding and oversight: The Roundtable has not taken a formal position or developed resources on this part of the bill, yet, but some of our allies are strongly opposed to the proposed changes. If you want more details, email a request for more info.
We have drafted this template for written testimony.
Instructions for submitting testimony:
Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 10:00 A.M. in Room 3900 of the LOB. [If speaking at the hearing,] please submit 30 copies of written testimony to the Committee staff between 10:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. in Room 3900 of the LOB. [The hearing will begin at 1:00pm in Room 2E.] ... Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format to ETtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related Bills. ...The first hour of the hearing is reserved for State Agency Heads. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony. The Committee encourages witnesses to submit a written statement and to condense oral testimony to a summary of that statement.