HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New rules for renewable energy use in Connecticut have passed their first big test as the state Senate approved legislation proposed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy boosting hydropower from Canada.
The 26-6 vote on Wednesday was a defeat for environmentalists who fought the Malloy administration. Advocates demanded more renewable power from smaller-scale wind and solar energy.
State Energy Commissioner Daniel Esty says the renewable energy portfolio has failed to support the cleanest possible renewable energy. He says it relies too much on biomass plants that he says are the least clean source of renewable power.
The legislation increases to 30 megawatts from five megawatts a hydropower project's capacity to be eligible for the state's renewable energy portfolio and tightens emission standards for power from biomass facilities.
It now heads to the House of Representatives.
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