Energy & Environment
Too often, Connecticut residents have faced uncertainty and high prices in our energy sector. During the height of Covid-19, Jill and other leaders reacted in horror as Eversource dramatically raised distribution rates for energy. She joined with Governor Lamont and other state leaders in calling on the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to review these actions, and she is committed to holding Eversource accountable in the legislature.
After Eversource failed spectacularly in its response to Tropical Storm Isaias, Jill called for greater oversight over our utilities. She has also proposed a municipal-run utility company in Glastonbury. Wallingford, Norwich, and several other Connecticut towns run their own utility companies—all of which were able to get the power back on faster than Eversource while delivering energy at significantly lower prices.
Jill also worked with Glastonbury residents and businesses to secure support and assistance in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias, which left over two thirds of our town without power. She condemned Eversource’s slow response, and worked diligently to secure adequate support for families and businesses left without power.
Jill knows we must do all we can to protect the air we breathe, water we drink, and farms and open spaces we love from the impacts of pollution and climate change. During her time in the legislature, Jill helped pass the State Water Plan to ensure responsible management of our most precious resource. Given the severity of the drought we’ve face in 2020, it is more important than ever that we balance our need for safe drinking water with agricultural, recreational, and commercial interests.
Here in Glastonbury, open space and farmland are critical to our community’s charm and character. That’s why Jill worked directly with the Lamont Administration to ensure Glastonbury received the funds necessary to finally secure purchase of the MDC land for conservation purposes. She is committed to protecting Glastonbury lands and landmarks, from the historic Cotton Hollow to the trails and riverfront we love.
Jill also supported the significant clean energy investments made in 2019. She voted for Connecticut’s largest procurement of offshore wind energy. In the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias, she knows it is critically important that we have a source of reliable, affordable, homegrown energy.
If reelected, Jill will support strong environmental policies that include:
- Greater oversight over Eversource and other utility companies;
- Municipal-run utility company for Glastonbury and other interested towns;
- Investigation into electricity rate increases and surcharges;
- Continued investment in clean energy technology like solar and offshore wind that will drive down the cost of energy;
- Funding for open space acquisition.