Local CT Chambers Fall Update:
Economic Development Opportunities in Clean Energy
Bridgeport's Jeff Bishop recognized for leadership on clean energy financing. Jeff Bishop, Economic Development Director at the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, received a Connecticut Green Bank PACE-Setter award for outstanding leadership. Bishop has been a driving force in using Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) to aid economic development in the Bridgeport region.
If you would like to help your members access C-PACE funding from the Greenbank, please contact Jessica Bergman at Jessica@ChambersforInnovation.com.
Hartford Chamber supports pitch for new headquarters for Amazon, a clean-energy giant. When Amazon, the largest purchaser of renewable energy in 2016, announced its plan this month to open a second major warehouse, many cities jumped at the opportunity to submit a proposal-the City of Hartford among them. "Should we compete? Absolutely, we should compete," said Oz Griebel, President of MetroHartford Alliance. More.
Utilities, businesses say proposed raid would harm clean energy jobs, investment. The Connecticut legislature has embarked on a special session to address the state budget deficit. One budget proposal being considered would raid the state's clean energy funds, which support residential and commercial clean energy projects and lower costly energy bills for ratepayers. The raids are opposed by utilities, local business organizations, and environmental groups alike. More.
Draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy proposes 30 percent renewablesby 2030. A total of 253 businesses have now committed to energy-saving upgrades and attracted more than $2.7 million in incentives to pay for the upgrades through the regional chamber's Business Energy $avers Program. More.
Nine states, including CT, pledge to move closer to clean energy economy. CT and eight other states in the region pledged to accelerate greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decade as part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). More.
CT approves major renewable projects. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has signed off on power purchase contracts negotiated between Connecticut's two utilities and the developers of 28 renewable energy generation projects, including a dozen solar projects that will be located in the state. More.
If you would like more information, please contact Jessica Bergman at Jessica@chambersforinnovation.com.