Energy Jobs Held Hostage in Connecticut

August 4, 2006 – Representatives from organized labor, environmental groups and the renewable energy industry in Connecticut are calling for an end to delays that have stalled the CT Clean Energy Fund’s (CCEF) Project 100. 

According to GrowJobsCT, Project 100, which could create hundreds of new jobs in Connecticut, has endured more than three years of hearings, legal briefs and studies. Last week, the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) gave Project 100 what should be a conclusive and final green light to bring 100 megawatts of clean renewable electric power to the Nutmeg State.

Unfortunately, the state’s Office of Consumer Council (OCC) is blocking implementation of key elements of the original legislation.  The OCC opposed the legislature’s decision to favor alternative energy technology manufactured in Connecticut. 

“We have a choice – to continue to wallow in bureaucratic squabbling, or to move on projects that will produce jobs and electricity from clean, renewable, Connecticut-based sources,” said GrowJobsCT director John Harrity. “Let’s not allow the contrary few to derail public policy vetted and approved by the people, the legislature and the regulating authority.”