This bill, sSB1145, focuses on greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the state of Connecticut. It repeals and substitutes certain provisions of the general statutes related to violations and penalties for failure to comply with environmental regulations. The bill establishes specific targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and requires the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to adopt regulations to establish sector-specific subtargets for various sectors. The bill also requires state agencies to submit reports on their activities and improvements to meet energy savings goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bill aims to address greenhouse gas emissions and promote the reduction of emissions in the state.
The bill requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) commissioner to adopt regulations with sector-specific greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction subtargets to meet the state's aggregate reduction targets for 2030, 2040, and 2050. The bill expands the commissioner's authority to levy civil penalties for violating the GHG emissions reduction targets and associated regulations allowed under the bill. Municipal utilities are also required to report annually on their progress in reducing GHG emissions. The bill also requires the Connecticut Green Bank to apply its authority in a way that is consistent with the state's GHG emissions reduction levels. The bill aims to achieve economy-wide net zero GHG emissions by 2020, 2030, and 2050 and includes provisions related to reporting requirements, civil penalties, and evaluation of non-emitting energy options.Statutes affected:
Raised Bill: 16-245n
ENV Joint Favorable Substitute: 16-245n
File No. 562: