Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Dec. 15 that he intends to re-appoint Rob Klee as Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) when his second term in office begins on January 7, 2015.
“Nearly four years ago, we merged the state’s energy and environmental protection functions into one office to better coordinate policy in these integrated areas, and since that time Rob has been at the forefront of working to improve Connecticut’s approach so that we have a 21st Century vision to building a stronger future,” Governor Malloy said.
Commissioner Klee began the position as the head of DEEP in January 2014. He served as the agency’s Chief of Staff for three years immediately preceding his appointment as Commissioner.
As Commissioner, Klee has focused DEEP on strengthening Connecticut’s response to climate change – both by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and by putting in place adaptation strategies to address changes in the climate already underway.
On the energy side, DEEP has been working to implement Connecticut’s first-ever Comprehensive Energy Strategy by cooperating with the state’s Green Bank on expanded energy efficiency and deployment of renewable energy sources, and also working to expand opportunities for use of cleaner and cheaper natural gas for heating homes and business. The energy agenda also includes policies to give Connecticut a more resilient and modern electric grid system.