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Robust participation at recent DEEP workshop on the siting of large renewable energy facilities
By Jeff Howard, Environmental Analyst for the DEEP Office of Climate Change, Technology and Research

More than 125 people attended a DEEP workshop on siting of grid-connected renewable energy installations on Jan. 10th, 2017. The workshop in Hartford explored the balance the state must strike between cheaper, cleaner power and protection of natural resources and lands of high conservation and agricultural value (workshop agenda; presentations).

The commissioners of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Agriculture welcomed five legislators and twenty panelists representing state agencies, solar development companies, and other stakeholders.

“We urgently need to site large solar arrays and other renewable energy facilities; and we also must protect our core forests, prime agricultural lands, and other important natural resources,” said Tracy Babbidge, chief of DEEP’s Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy. “This workshop provided insights into how we can resolve these sometimes conflicting obligations.”

One panel surveyed the policies and mandates driving investment in grid-connected renewable energy and other clean energy facilities. Another considered the multi-faceted challenge of harmonizing the state’s energy, environmental, agricultural, and land use goals. A third examined existing and emerging tools and best practices for this harmonization.

DEEP has submitted related comments to the Council on Environmental Quality. It also expects to publish a white paper on the subject and is incorporating the workshop findings into the CT Comprehensive Energy Strategy.

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Calendar Highlights

FALL GATHERING

HIGHLIGHTS OF CT’s FALL GATHERING of clean energy task forces can be found here in our Knowledge Center’s Program Archives pages. Diane Duva (the Director of Energy Demand at DEEP’s Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy is pictured here) facilitating the shaping of our state’s energy future.

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Clean Energy Communities Listening Session Letter of Thanks and Follow-up

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