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November 26, 2018 Energy & Utilities

CT’s energy demand, emissions fall as renewables grow

A recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that electricity sales to Connecticut businesses and residents continue to decline, driven by the increased adoption of renewable energy, higher efficiency and other factors.

Retail electricity sales fell nearly 2.8 percent in 2017 compared to the year before, reaching their lowest level yet this century, EIA's report shows.

Since 2007, electricity sales have fallen nearly 18 percent here, compared to a national dip of just 1 percent.

Meantime, carbon dioxide emissions from Connecticut power plants fell 8 percent last year, reaching their lowest level since at least 2011, while solar output (which totaled 447,000 megawatt hours) grew almost 30 percent, according to EIA.

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