Keeping It Green Ep. 3 – Draft 2014 Integrated Resource Plan

Episode #3: Draft 2014 Integrated Resource Plan

This episode provides an overview of the Draft 2014 Integrated Resource Plan for Connecticut, which the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection issued on December 11, 2014. The plan assesses Connecticut’s future electric needs and develops recommendations for how we can meet those needs. The episode focuses on the executive summary of the plan, as well as the sections that address renewable sources of energy, climate and air quality goals, and grid modernization.

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