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Connecticut officials and environmentalists lobby for energy conservation legislation

The Connecticut state Capitol building in Hartford.
Danielle Wedderburn
The Connecticut state Capitol building in Hartford.

Connecticut officials joined environmental advocates at the state Capitol in a final push to pass energy conservation and vehicle emission standards bills before the legislative session ends on May 4.

Jeffrey Meyer, chairman of the Norwalk-based electric vehicle charging manufacturer Juicebar, said his company is looking to support one bill that would offer rebates to residents and businesses who purchase or lease electric vehicles.

“It’s fine to have more efficient vehicles that drive more miles for every molecule of carbon monoxide that they account for,” said Meyer. “But that’s not enough. It has to be combined with wind, solar and other renewable energy initiatives.”

Another bill that was proposed by Governor Ned Lamont and is currently in the House would reduce emissions standards for medium-and-heavy-duty trucks.

Despite a small pushback from GOP officials, both bills could pass prior to the end of the session.

Mike Lyle is a former reporter and host at WSHU.