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.