Connecticut Climate Change Act Signed into Law

June 24, 2004 [] One of the last official acts of Connecticut Governor John Rowland (who resigned his post on Monday) was to sign into law a bill that aims to drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases within the state. Signed by the governor on June 14th, the bill, “An Act Concerning Climate Change,” sets a goal to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases within the state to 1990 levels by 2010, and to 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. It also establishes a procedure for determining reduction goals beyond 2020. The goals apply to greenhouse gas emissions from all generators of electricity and commercial and industrial sites, and include emissions from commercial fleets of vehicles. Although the new law does not establish enforcement procedures, it requires the governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change to develop a climate action plan, and it requires the state’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection to work to establish a regional greenhouse gas registry for collecting emissions data. If efforts to create a regional registry fail, the law directs the commissioner to evaluate forming a statewide registry. Summary information courtesy of the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)


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