2008 Energy and Utility Act Summary

September 22, 2008

In 2008, the Connecticut General Assembly enacted a variety of measures affecting the utility industry and energy sector. During its regular session, the legislature enacted new siting requirements for facilities in "environmental justice communities," a significant climate change act that includes mandatory limits for greenhouse gas emissions and other measures to confront global warming, and an act to address energy scarcity and security, renewable energy, and a state solar energy strategy. In August, the General Assembly convened in special session, enacting two bills that utilize funds from the state budget surplus to provide energy assistance and home heating relief. The following is a summary of the 2008 public acts we believe are likely to be of interest to those involved in public utilities, energy and other regulated industries, and to the customers who purchase their services.