350CT Summer Kickoff

350CT Summer Kickoff
Come to a happy hour to relax and celebrate the beginning of summer.  We’ll have very short check-ins about our various campaigns, but this night is mostly social. Comfy chairs, a collection of games, couches, and neat artwork on the walls. If you are interested in buying food or drink, they have sandwiches, deserts, tea, fairtrade coffee, and wine and beer. (no need to buy something though)

Wednesday, May 23
7:00 – 9:00pm
Koffee? on Audubon
104 Audubon St
New Haven, Connecticut

350 Connecticut Disappointed in Failure of Oil Efficiency Legislation

350 Connecticut Disappointed in Failure of Oil Efficiency Legislation
Without Quick Action, 48% of Homes in State to Lose Access to State’s Efficiency Programs
HARTFORD – In the yearly flurry of activity on the last day of the Connecticut legislative session, a major issue slipped through the cracks: allowing heating oil customers access to state efficiency programs. At a time when all Connecticut residents are trying to save money on energy, fuel oil customers (48% of homes) are at a severe disadvantage. They are about to lose access to efficiency assistance programs that are available to natural gas or electric heat customers, because of the way these programs are funded.

This inequity would have been corrected by proposed legislation including Senate Bill 415 and Senate Bill 450. Efforts to provide reliable access to efficiency programs and to improve the structure of efficiency funds were supported by 350 Connecticut, other statewide environmental advocacy groups, energy efficiency businesses and private citizens. Unfortunately, ongoing negotiations among legislators meant that no compromise energy bill was finalized before the clock ran out on the 2012 legislative session Wednesday night.

Teresa Eickel, member of 350 Connecticut and executive director of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, testified in support of the policy at a public hearing. “This legislation will not only save Connecticut residents hundreds of dollars per year, it will also secure jobs for economic growth,” she said at the time. Owners and employees of home performance businesses testified that expanding access to and funding for state efficiency programs would enable them to hire more workers, while restricting access might force them to lay off workers–especially in areas of the state where oil is the predominant heating fuel.

Although the legislature failed to deal with this issue in regular session, there is still time to give oil customers access to these programs before funding runs out. “Our senators, representatives and governor need to act quickly,” said Laura McMillan, a member of 350 Connecticut’s Global Warming Solutions Act working group. “Providing all state residents with access to programs like Home Energy Solutions will help their constituents to save money, protect skilled jobs in the home performance sector, and reduce Connecticut’s carbon footprint.”

Shut down the Bridgeport Coal Power Plant

Join 350CT in calling on PSEG’s CEO Ralph Izzo to give Bridgeport’s children and elderly clean air to breathe by retiring the plant and revitalizing the community.

WHEN:    Monday, May 14, 2012
6:30 P.M. (public comments to begin at 8:00 P.M. sharp)

WHERE:   Bridgeport City Hall Annex
999 Broad Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604

WHY:       Harbor Station is an outdated 44-year old coal plant that lacks the proper pollution safeguards! It is a major source of soot, smog, and climate-disrupting pollution. In fact, it’s been cited as one of the top 10 environmental justice offenders in the U.S. The power plant releases pollutants that contribute to 4 of the 5 leading causes of death in the U.S.: stroke, heart disease, respiratory diseases, and cancer. 14.9% of school-aged kids in the Bridgeport school district have asthma, higher than the national average. While the health risks are greatest within a 3-mile radius of the plant, studies show that everyone within 30 miles of the plant is at risk.
CT would be the 1st state in the U.S. to rid itself of all its coal plants once PSEG retires it! Help us create a clean, safe, and renewable energy future for the state.

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