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Connecticut Climate Change Action Plan

Date Last Updated8/14/2014
Policy TypeState Climate Change Plan
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeGovernor's Steering Committee on Climate Change
Policy Initiation Date1/1/2005
Policy SummaryOn February 15, 2005, the Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change submitted the Connecticut Climate Change Action Plan to the General Assembly, fulfilling the requirements of PA 04-252. The goal is to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2010 and an additional 10% below that by the year 2020. Connecticut is listed as a signatory to the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) regional Climate Change Action Plan 2001.

The Plan's policy recommendation No. 30, Encourage Clean Combined Heat and Power, includes reducing barriers to development of CHP projects in the state (such as permitting, interconnection, and standby rates), and suggests other ways to promote CHP such as through a CHP portfolio standard. Policy recommendation No. 52, Energy Efficiency and CHP, is a package of energy efficiency and CHP measures. A number of other recommended actions would promote distributed generation, energy efficiency, and anaerobic digesters (for example) which may also lead to increased CHP use.

Connecticut's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) may also lead to CHP-supportive actions such as loans or grants using public benefit fund resources, or measures under its state energy plan. In 2014, Connecticut released its Taking Action on Climate Change Progress Report, detailing how the far the state has come in achieving the goals set forth by the original Climate Change Action Plan. The Progress Report's Combined Heat and Power section outlines the ways in which Connecticut has addressed its goals to promote CHP, such as eliminating electric backup rates, waiving natural gas distribution charges and creating a CHP portfolio standard through the introduction of Class III renewable energy RPS credits for CHP, among others.
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