Congressman Chris Murphy and clean energy execs from companies all over the state hosted the event at the Hill-Stead Museum and addressed crowd questions about the bill, which has already passed in the House. Murphy said, ''Its passage is going to lead to companies like the ones represented at our forum today growing hundreds of more jobs that can replace a lot of older industry jobs that have left Connecticut." The bill allocates about 80 billion dollars in the next few years for green energy projects which excites John Phiefer, the CEO at Bethel based Apollo Solar. "There's no downside to solar, it's a win-win-win, the environment wins, the economy wins but, most important, we're creating jobs,'' Pheifer said. Browner added, "we need to break our dependence on foreign oil and part of that is finding the new technologies, the new batteries, the new vehicles and a lot of that good work is going on in Connecticut."
Murphy estimates the bill will make it to President Obama's desk by the end of the year.