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Climate Lobby Day in Hartford

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The CT legislative session of 2019 is underway and although there is a lot of talk about the budget and tolls, there is also a long list of proposed bills that affect our fight to address climate disruption. On Thursday Feb 21st many climate groups will be coming to Hartford to lobby their legislator and submit testimony at a hearing of the Energy & Technology Committee. If you would like to read the proposed bill and submit testimony on Thursday these are the bills that 350 CT is identifying as important to addressing climate change :
S.B. No. 468 INSTALLATION OF SOLAR PANELS ON STATE LAND NEAR PUBLIC HIGHWAYS
H.B. No. 5002 DEVELOPMENT OF A GREEN NEW DEAL
H.B. No. 5380 REDEFINING "CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE" TO INCLUDE CERTAIN USEFUL THERMAL ENERGY GENERATED FROM BIODIESEL
H.B. No. 5381 REDEFINING "CLASS II RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE"
H.B. No. 5789 LEAD BY EXAMPLE PROGRAM
H.B. No. 6237 STUDY OF ENERGY STORAGE PROJECTS AND DISTRIBUTED GENERATION IN THE STATE.
H.B. No. 6239 ELECTRIC SUPPLIERS, DIRECT BILLING AND CLEAN ENERGY FACILITIES.
H.B. No. 6240 REQUIRING THE STATE BUILDING CODE TO HAVE REQUIREMENTS TO IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY
H.B. No. 6242 PROHIBITING SURCHARGES FROM BEING LEVIED ON UTILITY CUSTOMERS TO SUBSIDIZE INTERSTATE NATURAL GAS PIPELINE CAPACITY
H.B. No. 7016 THE CONSERVATION AND LOAD MANAGEMENT PLAN AND THE INSTALLATION OF HEAT PUMPS.
H.B. No. 7114 MUNICIPAL COMPETITIVE PROCUREMENT OF ELECTRICITY, NATURAL GAS, RENEWABLE ENERGY AND OTHER ENERGY-RELATED PRODUCTS BY NONPROFIT ENERGY BUYING CONSORTIA

We are currently evaluating these bills on how they address our goals & demands.
If you would like to submit testimony for the hearing check out the agenda here :
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/ETdata/pha/pdf/2019pha00221-R001000ET-pha.pdf
Also make sure to get there early and sign up for a slot to speak if you would like to.

Also on Thursday, several climate groups will be joining together to help people get in touch with their representatives starting at 12:30 :
CLIMATE ACTION DAY
Feb. 21st, 12:30 - 2 PM
Connecticut State Capitol, Room[masked] Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106

Here is a condensed list of our demands for the Green New Deal.

Restoring electric rate equality (net metering) harmed by 2018 legislation in CT;
Retiring polluting power plants like Millstone Nuclear Power Station & Bridgeport Harbor Station (Gas & Coal);
Enacting a prohibition on gas infrastructure development;
Restoring rate payer funds designed for energy efficiency and renewable energy;
Requiring government buildings to be powered by renewable energy such as solar, wind or geothermal;
Requiring all new construction in CT to incorporate renewable energy;
Expanding and electrifying mass transit systems to serve the most people and eliminate emissions;
Expanding the renewable portfolio standard to 100% by 2030 or earlier.