OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT REDEFINING CLASS I RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES.
By law, electric companies and competitive electric suppliers must get part of their power from Class I renewable resources such as solar and wind power. This bill expands this class to include (1) gas produced from biosolids, as referenced in federal regulation (40 CFR § 503), and (2) the additional energy produced by efficiency improvements at certain hydroelectric facilities.
To be eligible under the first category, the gas must be produced at a Connecticut facility from clean class A or Class B biosolids. Biosolids are treated sewage sludge, with the classification depending on the amount of pathogens present.
To be eligible under the second category, the energy must be produced from increased capacity of 10 megawatts or less from efficiency improvements at hydroelectric facilities operating on or before the bill's passage that meet the standards of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. The institute is a nonprofit organization that operates a certification program to help identify and reward (through market incentives) hydropower dams that minimize their environmental impact.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage
Energy and Technology Committee
Joint Favorable Substitute