Solar Energy, Primary Procurement Energy Policy » CBIA

Solar energy and procurement were the focus of the Legislature’s Energy and Technology Committee during the 2024 session of the General Assembly.

CBIA supported committee co-chair Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport)’s push to increase solar energy use in the state.

Under this policy, the focus is on reducing red tape that inhibits commercial renewable energy investment, including removing the savings investment ratio for some C-PACE loans to free up additional long-term low-interest loans.

HB 5232, which became an omnibus energy bill, included provisions for the C-PACE loan. The bill awaits Gov. Ned Lamont’s signature after receiving bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

Other parts of the bill focused on examining a single tax on solar capacity, as well as examining existing renewable energy rate programs operated by PURA.

HB 5232 also aimed to expand the state’s solar canopy system by instructing cities to streamline their zoning approval processes.

Streaming tax, PURA

The committee also approved HB 5446, which extends the existing gross receipts tax on cable and satellite television companies to other communications services provided over the Internet, such as streaming.

That bill, which was opposed by the CBIA and other business groups, died when the House failed to act on it by the May 8 deadline set by the legislature.

A last-minute amendment to SB 385 that passed both chambers at the end of the session allows PURA to open the list for awarding the following programs to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Connecticut Green Bank, an electric distribution company, or another third party .

  • Renewable energy solutions program for non-residential buildings
  • Renewable energy solutions program for residential buildings
  • Common Clean Energy Facility Programme
  • Charging program for light, medium and heavy electric vehicles, established in the PURA proceedings

The CBIA expressed concerns about this amendment because it increases PURA’s authority and could potentially impact energy investments.

For more information, contact Pete Myers at CBIA (860.244.1921).