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Deep CT Comprehensive Energy Strategy Draft

Deep CT Comprehensive Energy Strategy Draft

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2012Comprehensive Energy Strategy for Connecticut
 Draft for Public Comment 
PREPARED BY
The Connecticut Department of Energyand Environmental Protection
OCTOBER 5, 2012
 
2012 Connecticut Comprehensive Energy Strategy 
 Draft for Public Comment 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Executive Summary .................................................................................................................................................... 1Efficiency Sector Strategy ............................................................................................................................. 7Industry Sector Strategy ............................................................................................................................. 37Electricity Sector Strategy .......................................................................................................................... 71Natural Gas Sector Strategy ...................................................................................................................... 115Transportation Sector Strategy ................................................................................................................. 151 Appendix A: Efficiency & Industry Sector Strategy Analysis ............................................................................... A-1 Appendix B: Electricity Sector Strategy Analysis ................................................................................................. B-1 Appendix C: Natural Gas Sector Strategy Analysis .............................................................................................. C-1 Appendix D: Transportation Sector Strategy Analysis ........................................................................................ D-1 Appendix E: Scoping Comments ........................................................................................................................... E-1
 
 2012 Connecticut Comprehensive Energy Strategy 
 Draft for Public Comment 
Executive Summary 
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Executive Summary 
Connecticut’s Draft Comprehensive Energy Strategy 
gives the State a more systematic basis for addressingenergy opportunities and challenges. It provides a foundation for better informed policy, regulatory, andlegislative decisions
as well as better energy choices at the household and business level. This Draft Strategy covers all fuels in all sectors with a planning horizon out to 2050. It offers a
nalysis of the State’s current
energy circumstances and a set of recommendations designed to advance the Gover
nor’s agenda of moving
Connecticut toward a cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy future. At the heart of the Draft Strategy 
is
a series of policy proposals aimed at expanding energy choices, loweringutility bills for Connecticut residents and businesses, improving environmental conditions, creating cleanenergy jobs, and enhancing the quality of life in the State. The Draft Strategy offers recommendations in fivemajor priority areas:
 
Energy efficiency 
 
Electricity supply including renewable power
 
 
Industrial energy needs
 
 
Transportation
 
Natural gas
 
In integrating energy, environmental, and economic goals, the Draft Strategy breaks new ground andadvances a broad and robust structure for thinking through energy options. It moves away from subsidizing
favored technologies or companies toward a flexible “finance” model that encourages entrepreneurship andprivate sector leadership in scaling up clean energy projects. Emphasis is placed not on picking “winners” but
on using limited government resources to leverage private capital and increase the flow of funds into energy efficiency, renewable power, natural gas availability, and a 21
st
century transportation infrastructure thatpromotes mobility options, transportation-oriented development, and market-based opportunities for cleanfuels and clean vehicles.This Draft Strategy 
 builds on the fundamental premise that the public’s interest in and ongoing commitment
to clean energy depends on the emergence of new technologies that out-compete fossil fuel alternatives. Ittherefore proposes an array of economic incentives designed to drive down the cost of new energy technologies. By harnessing market forces and competitive pressures, this policy framework promises to spurinnovation while offering support for a portfolio of renewable power generation alternatives.

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