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01/06/2022

DEEP Launches 2022 Comprehensive Energy Strategy Scoping Process

Through Scoping Process, DEEP Looks Forward to Public Input on State’s Energy Policy Strategy

 

(HARTFORD)— The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today the kickoff of the process to develop the 2022 Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES), which will examine future energy needs in the State and identify strategies to reduce costs, ensure reliable provision of energy, incorporate energy equity in the State’s strategies, maintain the state’s economic competitiveness, and reduce the public health and environmental impacts of Connecticut’s energy use.

“The Comprehensive Energy Strategy affords us an opportunity to engage with the public on new and existing energy policies needed to provide cleaner, more affordable, and reliable energy options for residents and businesses in the State,” said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. “Through this public process, we will have a special focus on strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consumer costs associated with heating and cooling buildings, where emissions continue to climb, as well as fuel security and resilience. Each CES kicks off with a scoping phase, where we look forward to engaging diverse stakeholders about the topics we should prioritize.”

Aligning with Executive Order 21-3, this CES will focus on energy-related greenhouse gas emissions from residences, commercial buildings, and industry, on affordable clean heating and cooling options, on energy equity, and on strategies to improve the resilience of the State’s energy sector to extreme weather events, fuel price spikes, and other disruptions. The Comprehensive Energy Strategy will build on other recent planning documents, including the Integrated Resources Plan for the electric sector, the Electric Vehicle Roadmap for the transportation sector, and the latest annual greenhouse gas inventory report.

The notice released today highlights several topics DEEP expects to address in the CES, including:

  1. equitable approaches to energy resilience and the decarbonization of buildings;
  2. key issues regarding thermal decarbonization and energy affordability of buildings, such as major levers to promote deployment of clean heating and cooling resources;
  3. decarbonization of industrial thermal processes;
  4. greenhouse gas accounting for biofuels;
  5. resilience and reliability in a decarbonized economy;
  6. updates to the Electric Vehicle Roadmap; and
  7. updates to the Integrated Resources Plan.

DEEP will hold a public meeting on the scope of this plan on February 17 at 9:00 a.m. and accept public comment through March 3.

Participants interested in keeping up to date on this effort should email DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov and ask to be put on the distribution list for the 2022 Comprehensive Energy Strategy.

Go here for more information on the 2022 CES scoping process.

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