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Lamont, Hartford Officials Discuss Clean Energy Solutions in the Capitol City

July 29, 2019 - 8:56 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) – Governor Ned Lamont joined Hartford City officials Monday to discuss citywide efforts to promote clean energy.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin noted the Capitol City was recently named one of the top 25 U.S. Cities for promoting clean energy by the American Council for Energy Efficient Economy.

Additionally, the City was recognized as one of the “top three cities to watch” for their progress and efforts in promoting clean energy and curbing climate change.

Governor Lamont noted the positive momentum comes as PSEG Power Connecticut LLC’s natural gas-fired plant plans to replace the nearby coal-fired plant, scheduled to be retired in 2021.  He added plant officials said the new facility will be the last natural gas plant they build anywhere in the U.S.

Mayor Bronin spoke about some of the clean energy initiatives that aim to encourage residents to utilize public transport.  All parking minimums were eliminated for real estate development in Hartford and the City’s zoning code was overhauled for the first time in 50 years – making Hartford more green energy friendly.

Furthermore, the City provides economic incentives to commercial and residential properties if they install more clean energy solutions, such as solar panels.

The press conference took place at the Science Center, which will soon have an exhibit on climate change.