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General Assembly



January Session, 2013

LCO No. 7929



Offered by:


REP. LESSER, 100th Dist.

REP. WILLIS, 64th Dist.

REP. BOWLES, 42nd Dist.


To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 1138

File No. 120

Cal. No. 469

(As Amended by Senate Amendment Schedules "A" and "C")


Strike section 1 in its entirety and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. Subdivision (26) of subsection (a) of section 16-1 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(26) "Class I renewable energy source" means (A) [energy] electricity derived from (i) solar power, (ii) wind power, (iii) a fuel cell, [methane gas from landfills,] (iv) geothermal, (v) landfill methane gas, anaerobic digestion or other biogas (I) derived from biological sources, and (II) that does not include, or is generated with, any fossil fuel, (vi) thermal electric direct energy conversion from a certified Class I renewable energy source, (vii) ocean thermal power, (viii) wave or tidal power, (ix) low emission advanced renewable energy conversion technologies, (x) a run-of-the-river hydropower facility [provided such facility] that began operations after July 1, 2003, and has a generating capacity of not more than [five megawatts, does not cause an appreciable change in the river flow, and began operation after July 1, 2003] thirty megawatts, provided a facility that applies for certification under this clause after January 1, 2013, shall not be based on a new dam or a dam identified by the commissioner as a candidate for removal, and shall meet applicable state and federal requirements, including applicable site-specific standards for water quality and fish passage, or (xi) a [sustainable biomass facility with] biomass facility that uses sustainable biomass fuel and has an average emission rate of equal to or less than . 075 pounds of nitrogen oxides per million BTU of heat input for the previous calendar quarter, except that energy derived from a [sustainable] biomass facility with a capacity of less than five hundred kilowatts that began construction before July 1, 2003, may be considered a Class I renewable energy source, or (B) any electrical generation, including distributed generation, generated from a Class I renewable energy source, provided, on and after January 1, 2014, any megawatt hours of electricity from a renewable energy source described under this subparagraph that are claimed or counted by a load-serving entity, province or state toward compliance with renewable portfolio standards or renewable energy policy goals in another province or state, other than the state of Connecticut, shall not be eligible for compliance with the renewable portfolio standards established pursuant to section 16-245a, as amended by this act; "