Connecticut currently gets less than 5% of its electricity from renewable sources, but it’s not for lack of trying.1
The state features an array of innovative clean energy programs and pro-renewable policies. And although there is no “low-hanging fruit” for the state’s renewable energy industry,2
Connecticut is still poised to foster a booming clean energy economy in the years to come.
Connecticut was one of the pioneers of the “Solarize” program, in which residents can reduce the cost of rooftop solar installations if enough of their neighbors also agree to install solar on their homes. The program has already reached nearly 60 communities.3
Connecticut is also home to the first Green Bank in the nation, and it has established PACE financing for energy efficiency and distributed renewables.4
On top of all that, Connecticut has a renewable portfolio standard that expects the state to get 20% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020.5
Despite the current lack of utility-scale renewable projects, Connecticut does have a thriving energy efficiency industry. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy ranked the state 6th in the nation for pro-efficiency policies,6
and its energy efficiency programs have reduced retail sales of electricity by 1% in each of the last two years.7
Learn more about energy in Connecticut with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.