If Robert Klee is daunted by the challenge that lies ahead as Connecticut’s next Department of Energy and Environmental Protection commissioner, he doesn’t show it.
The agency’s former chief of staff under then-Commissioner Dan Esty, Klee views his pending ascendancy to DEEP’s top job as an opportunity to remake Connecticut at a historic juncture. Klee says the state is on the verge of seismic shifts in terms of energy, solid waste and recycling as well as reuse of brownfield properties across the state.
“Most of my background and training up until this point has been an interesting combination of science and law and policy . I think leading this agency with its sort of diverse issues and its wide scope I get to call on all of the learning I’ve had over the last 20 or so years.”