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NEW HAVEN, CT — Connecticut Fund for the Environment released the following statement today after Governor Dannel Malloy released his Draft Comprehensive Energy

“The development of the Draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy is an exciting moment for Connecticut and a major opportunity for the state to continue its work as a national energy leader. While other states are treading water or moving backwards, Connecticut is poised to move firmly forward. We are pleased that Governor Malloy’s draft strategy reflects a major commitment to energy efficiency investment.” said Mark LeBel, energy fellow for CFE. “Energy efficiency is a clear winner for both our economy and our environment. This commitment will require a redoubled effort to overcome market barriers and a clear emphasis on whole-building approaches in order to achieve the broader and deeper energy efficiency gains we need. We hope to collaborate with the Governor and the agency to make sure that the necessary steps are taken to implement these ideas.”

“We are concerned that the draft strategy’s reliance on natural gas is short-sighted. In the last decade, the country has paid the price for our attachment to oil. A major expansion of natural gas use in Connecticut will only switch this economic risk to a different market. Additionally, while natural gas is better in some respects than other fossil fuels, it is not sufficient by itself to reach Connecticut’s environmental goals. Investment in energy efficiency and renewables shield consumers from unexpected changes in fuel markets and we shouldn’t underinvest just because natural gas prices are appealing at the moment. We look forward to further reviewing the draft strategy and working with the Department of Energy and

Environmental Protection on these issues and ensuring that the vision of cleaner energy becomes a reality,” LeBel added.

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