Gov. Lamont signs order directing power grid to go carbon-free by 2040

The hurricane is the fourth Category 5 storm to hit in the last two years. Gov. Lamont puts the blame squarely on the Earth’s rising climate.

News 12 Staff

Sep 3, 2019, 9:28 PM

Updated 1,744 days ago

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Gov. Lamont signs order directing power grid to go carbon-free by 2040
Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order Tuesday directing Connecticut's power grid to go carbon-free by 2040, saying Hurricane Dorian should serve as a “wake-up to us all.”
The hurricane is the fourth Category 5 storm to hit in the last two years. Gov. Lamont puts the blame squarely on the Earth’s rising climate.
"Climate change is happening faster than we thought," said Gov. Lamont. 
Gov. Lamont's first executive order right after he took office was to make state buildings greener and more energy-efficient.
Katie Dykes, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, says the state has already “made great progress” to reduce carbon emissions. Connecticut is now coal-free and the state is committed to buying half its power from wind in the next decade.
However, the Sierra Club says Connecticut is still too reliant on natural gas.
Is Connecticut prepared for climate change? That’s the focus of this weekend’s “Power and Politics.”
 


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