State Senate Approves Controversial Energy Bill

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The state Senate Wednesday approved a bill that sets standards for how much of Connecticut\’s energy must come from renewable sources such as solar and wind — but the measure has drawn attacks from environmentalists because it contains an option that could give large-scale hydroelectric power from Canada the same preferred status as a renewable resource.

The vote was 26-6, with three Republican senators abstaining because they are employed in the energy industry. Sens. Kevin Witkos and John Kissel are employed by Northeast Utilities, and Sen. Art Linares is a co-founder of a Middletown-based solar energy company called Greenskies.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.


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