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Connecticut Aims for 40% Renewable Energy by 2030

Utility Dive:

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has finalized the state’s 2018 Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES), and recommended doubling the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 40% by 2030.

The new renewables goal is a significant step up and higher than previously considered. State law currently sets the RPS at 20%, and the draft CES released last year had suggested a smaller increase to 30%.

The proposal also includes a focus on grid modernization efforts and reliability, and developing new markets and funding sources for energy efficiency.

Connecticut’s finalized CES focuses on eight strategies ranging from efficiency to electric vehicles to doubling the renewable energy goal. The finalized report suggests the state “should continue growth in renewable energy requirements and increase the pace of growth to 2 percent per year.”

The agency called the goal an “ambitious trajectory, and said its recommendations would “significantly increase demand for new, zero-emitting renewables in the state and region.”

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