Just when you thought it was safe to believe that state lawmakers were going to squander another opportunity to make some alterations to Connecticut's energy policy, word comes out of Hartford tonight that the Senate voted 20-14 to pass a bill that might do just that.
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives, who have until the end of tomorrow's session to either act upon the energy bill or let it die without a vote.
What isn't clear coming out of the vote late Tuesday night is how much of the bill that State Senator John Fonfara, D-Hartford, and Vickie Nardello, D-Prospect, crafted remains intact.
A e-mail sent out to the media from the Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE) shortly before 11 p.m. makes no mention of some of the key elements of the Fonfara-Nardello bill, like the creation of a Connecticut Energy and Technology Authority that would replace the Department of Public Utility Control or a reduction of consumers electric bills by 15 percent.
Instead, CFE Staff Attorney Charles Rothenberger (shown above) focuses his comments on new energy efficiency standards and a program that would provide consumers to take out low-interest loans to make their home more energy efficient. Does that mean that significant changes were made to the Fonfara-Nardello bill in order to gain passage from the Senate?
We'll find out more on Wednesday as the General Assembly's 2010 session enters its final hours.