Shawn O'Sullivan

Shawn O'Sullivan

Shawn O’Sullivan 1161 Melville Ave. Fairfield, CT 06825 March 8, 2016 Dear Senator Doyle, Representative Reed, and Members of the Committee on Energy...

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Shawn O’Sullivan 1161 Melville Ave. Fairfield, CT 06825 March 8, 2016

Dear Senator Doyle, Representative Reed, and Members of the Committee on Energy and Technology, I cannot support H.B. 5510, An Act Concerning Electric, Zero Emission and Hydrogen Vehicles, and hope that you will amend it before passing. As the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, motor vehicles emit pollutants that have been proven to affect the health of Connecticut citizens. Electric and zero emission vehicles emit no greenhouse gasses. These vehicles are a way to reduce the pollution that is a product of our dependence on fossil fuels. Connecticut is on the frontlines of climate change, with sea level rise predicted to inevitably change our coastal towns and cities. I feel it is my duty to mitigate some of this change. Right now I am driving a 2002 Honda Civic. Good mileage, but not optimal. Every time I fill it with gasoline, I feel guilty. I would I would like my next vehicle to be an electric one and hope that the state will aid me in this goal. If we make a clear road to electric vehicles, more people will buy them. As I am given to understand it, if passed as written, H.B. 5510, instead of removing barriers, adds more barriers to EV adoption. One barrier is section 9, which would charge owners of EV charging stations $50 a year. This additional cost would surely stop many from considering installing them. To get more electric vehicles on the road, charging needs to be more convenient. Connecticut needs EV charging stations to be encouraged. I ask that you please consider deleting section 9. Other sections of the bill, including sections 7, 10, and 11, should be cut as well, as I have been told these sections are said to be confusing or conflicting with other laws and regulations. Like solar, Electric Vehicles can be a clean, affordable path toward mitigating the effects of climate change and making our state healthier. Please amend H.B. 5510, and help Connecticut drive toward a cleaner future. Thank you,

Shawn O’Sullivan