Hartford, Connecticut [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Connecticut’s Governor Jodi Rell announced that the State of Connecticut is the first New England state to join EPA’s Green Power Partnership. The governor also announced that the state has increased its annual voluntary purchase of green power to nearly 84 million kilowatt-hours (kWh), representing nearly 12 percent of the state’s total annual electricity usage, making it the second largest state government purchaser of green power sources places them behind only the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The purchase helps support the state’s Energy Vision for a Cleaner, Greener State initiative. The goal of the initiative is to create measurable ways to reduce the cost of energy for consumers and businesses, strengthen state energy policy over the long- and short-term and reaffirm Connecticut’s position as a leader in renewable energy.“I pledged to lead our state toward a green energy future and Connecticut will continue to lead by example with clean, renewable energy purchases,” Governor Rell said. “We have demonstrated that we can be environmentally responsible and fiscally responsible at the same time. Connecticut’s recent energy contracts achieved historic levels of green power and were accompanied by huge cost savings—a true win-win for our environment and our taxpayers.”