Business lobbying a major barrier to clean energy legislation in Connecticut

new study from researchers at Brown University found that powerful utility and business interests routinely oppose environmental and clean energy legislation in Connecticut, while the public overwhelmingly supports such measures.

Electric and gas utilities spent $24 million on lobbying state lawmakers between 2013 and 2020, four times that spent by renewable energy firms and more than eight times that of environmental organizations, according to the analysis from the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society.

When it comes to written testimony on environmental bills, many of which are aimed at combating climate change, the majority of positions taken by utility, fossil fuel, business and real estate interests were in opposition, the study found.