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A grassroots movement designed to change the way Connecticut views energy and the environment was launched in Branford this past weekend. Its aim: To fix a broken energy system that Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said has “run amok” and to reconcile a mixed state record that pits costly energy against renewable energy.

The arrival of the clean and affordable energy coalition came as Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced a plan to eliminate two successful funds, one in renewable energy, and the other in energy conservation. The governor said projected deficits in Connecticut are so great that she needs to move $16 million in clean energy funds to the state’s general coffers. A vote of both houses of the legislature is scheduled for this Wednesday.

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