DEEP: Energy Efficiency and Climate Change

Energy Efficiency and Climate Change

Energy use directly impacts the environment through the extraction and consumption of natural resources for fuel and air emissions and climate changes resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels. The environmental degradation resulting from climate change is multi-faceted. One simple way of addressing the complex issues related to climate change is to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The DEEP Office of Pollution Prevention provides assistance to Connecticut’s businesses, institutions, municipalities, and consumers on actions that can be taken to use energy more efficiently and rely on clean and renewable sources of energy.

All About Energy Efficiency in Connecticut

  • DEEP's Energy Branch includes the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) which reviews rates utilities, and the Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy which develops energy efficiency, infrastructure and alternative power programs.
  • DEEP encourages you to use energy wisely year-round. Check out our Energy Efficiency Tips.
  • Connecticut's air quality is impacted by energy consumption.  Hot summer days pose the biggest challenge to our air quality when   electric demand is at its highest. 
  • The CT Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) provides assistance and information and has a toll-free hotline for information on energy efficiency. Call 1-877-WISE-USE (1-877-947-3873).
  • The Energy Advisory Board (EAB) reports to the General Assembly on the status of programs administered by DEEP.
  • The Connecticut Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) invests in clean energy in Connecticut and provides incentives for homeowners, communities, businesses and institutions to support  renewal energy and energy efficiency. 

All About Climate Change in Connecticut
  • DEEP continues to collaborate with other agencies to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Connecticut. This collaboration led to the creation of the Climate Change Action Plan for the state.  CT is implementing climate legislation and GHG reduction strategies have been developed. 
  • Connecticut's 2009 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, identifies, quantifies, and categorizes GHG emissions in the state. 
  • The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), working with research institutions in the U.S. and beyond our borders, provides the foundation for increasing the skill of predictions of seasonal-to-interannual climate fluctuations and long-term climate change. The USGCRP also sponsors research to understand the vulnerabilities to changes in important environmental factors, including changes in climate, ultraviolet (UV) radiation at the Earth's surface, and land cover.
  • The US National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change has a directory of online reports .
  • The United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization jointly founded the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to assess the science of climate change, its impacts, and to develop response strategies.

Visit the Environmental Protection Agency website to find out more about what you can do to make change.


Content Last Updated July 2013