On Wednesday in Connecticut, the Bipartisan Clean Energy Caucus hosted a press conference to urge legislative colleagues and Gov. Ned Lamont, D-Conn., to take legislative action in support of solar jobs.
State Reps. Raghib Allie-Brennan, D-Bethel, and Devin Carney, R-Old Lyme, joined solar workers to urge the passage of solar-friendly legislation. Last year, S.B.9 scheduled the termination of net metering but did not give the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority enough time to develop replacement policies, the representatives said.
“The legislature must pass a pro-solar bill this session to save 2,200 solar jobs and advance Governor Lamont’s jobs and clean energy and goals,” says Allie-Brennan. “Strengthening Connecticut’s solar energy industry will potentially lead to energy cost-savings, and it helps our state reach our goals for reduced emissions. The solar energy industry also represents a significant opportunity for job growth and economic development – two things that Connecticut desperately needs.”
“Connecticut’s solar industry employs 2,200 workers, generates tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue and helps consumers reduce their energy bills,” notes Mike Trahan, executive director of Solar Connecticut. “Last year, everyone recognized that S.B.9 was imperfect; now we have to fix it, and time is running out.”
Amy McLean Salls, Connecticut director at the Acadia Center, says, “Solar energy has been an economic boon for Connecticut. We should be growing our in-state clean energy jobs, not putting them at risk. We have already fallen behind neighboring states, and the implementation of specific elements of S.B.9 will set us back further.”
Stephen Lassiter, spokesperson for The Alliance for Solar Choice, says the bill “represents some of the most regressive solar policies in the nation, which has failed in states like Maine.”
“Connecticut can do better,” he adds.
More on S.B.9 can be read here.