Governor Lamont applauds final passage of climate change legislation codifying into law his 2040 zero-carbon target
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont is applauding the Connecticut House of Representatives for giving final approval today to legislation he proposed (Senate Bill 10) that will codify into state statutes the 2040 zero-carbon electric grid goal that he established through He issued an executive orderIn 2019.
The governor explained that codifying this target into statute is necessary to provide state policymakers and the electricity sector with a shared goal of fully transitioning the state’s electricity supply away from relying on natural gas and oil to power its electric grid. He said that Connecticut has made significant progress in decarbonizing their grid, but the state must accelerate this progress to mitigate climate change.
Today’s House vote 113 to 35 approved the bill. The Senate approved it Tuesday by a unanimous vote, 35 to 0. Governor Lamont intends to sign it into law within the next few days.
“By codifying our zero-carbon electric grid target into state law, we are providing a critical direction for state and local agencies, utility companies, and other partners as we collectively plan and implement Connecticut’s energy policies over the coming years,” Governor Lamont stated. “Committing Connecticut to a 100% zero-carbon electricity supply by 2040 not only will have a positive impact on improving our air quality, but it will also support the growth of clean energy jobs. This is a crucial action that we are taking in order to reduce the effects of the current climate crisis. I thank the Connecticut General Assembly for their bipartisan support of our administration’s climate change goals. I also applaud Senator Norm Needleman and Representative David Arconti, co-chairs of the Energy and Technology Committee, as well as the committee’s ranking members, Senator Paul Formica and Representative Charles Ferraro, for their support in getting this legislation approved. I look forward to signing this bill.”
Governor Lamont noted that the legislation complements similar efforts made in neighboring states like Rhode Island, which established an emission-free goal by 2030, as well as New York, which established an identical goal by 2040.