Published October 10. 2013 4:00AM
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Wednesday that it will issue a Request for Proposals later this month for electric power produced by biomass, landfill gas, and run-of-river hydropower facilities that meet Connecticut's Class I renewable requirements.
DEEP is seeking proposals for energy and renewable energy credits from both new and existing facilities, located both in-state and throughout the Northeast, the agency said in a news release. It will evaluate proposals based on a range of criteria focused heavily on pricing, but also considering reliability and environmental and economic development benefits for the state.
Projects selected under the RFP will be eligible to enter into power purchase agreements for up to 10 years with the state's two major electric distribution companies - Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating.
DEEP has the authority to select proposals under this RFP to meet up to four percent of the state's total electricity demand in accordance with a 2013 clean energy law.
Daniel Esty, DEEP commissioner, said the RFP is the next step in fulfilling Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's goal of providing cheaper, cleaner and more reliable power for state residents and businesses.
Earlier this fall, Malloy announced the selection of two Class I renewable clean energy projects that will provide 270 megawatts of electricity, about 3.5 percent of the state's electricity demand.
The two projects - which have entered into long-term power purchase agreements with CL&P and UI - are a solar installation slated for land in Sprague and Lisbon, and a wind energy farm in Maine.