Conn. tilts to hydro in new renewable energy rules

Conn. legislature enacts renewable energy policy favoring hydropower to be signed by governor

Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut has rewritten its renewable energy policy to boost hydropower from Canada.

The Senate approved legislation 26-6 on Tuesday, sending the measure to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy who has strongly endorsed it and will sign it into law.

Environmentalists fought the measure, demanding that the state use the clout of its renewable energy portfolio to help promote locally generated solar and wind power.

Connecticut's renewable energy portfolio, established in 1998, was intended to finance new and clean renewable power by guaranteeing markets. The portfolio standards require electric suppliers to use a certain percentage of renewable energy as part of the electricity they sell.

The Senate approved the measure last month and voted a second time to approve changes by the House reducing the maximum term of hydropower contracts and other revisions.

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