Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 224

February Session, 2016

 

LCO No. 1871

 

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Referred to Committee on ENERGY AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Introduced by:

 

(ET)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CAPACITY AND CRITERIA FOR CERTAIN RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION FACILITIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (a) of section 16-244v of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(a) An electric distribution company, or owner or developer of generation projects that emit no pollutants, may submit a proposal to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to build, own or operate one or more generation facilities up to an aggregate of [thirty] two hundred megawatts using Class I renewable energy sources as defined in section 16-1 from July 1, [2011] 2016, to July 1, [2013] 2019. Each facility shall be greater than one megawatt but not more than [five] sixty-five megawatts. Each electric distribution company may enter into joint ownership agreements, partnerships or other agreements with private developers to carry out the provisions of this section. The aggregate ownership for an electric distribution company pursuant to this section shall not exceed [ten] sixty-five megawatts. The department shall evaluate such proposals pursuant to sections 16-19 and 16-19e and may approve one or more of such proposals if it finds that the proposal serves the long-term interest of ratepayers. The department (1) shall not approve any proposal supported in any form of cross subsidization by entities affiliated with the electric distribution company, [and] (2) shall give preference to proposals that make efficient use of existing sites and supply infrastructure and support the goals outlined in the Comprehensive Energy Strategy, prepared pursuant to section 16a-3d, and (3) shall maximize production of in-state electricity to support the achievement of the 2020 renewable portfolio standard goals of the state established in section 16-245a, including improving grid reliability and voltage stabilization. No such company may, under any circumstances, recover more than the full costs identified in a proposal, as approved by the department. Nothing in this section shall preclude the resale or other disposition of energy or associated renewable energy credits purchased by the electric distribution company, provided the distribution company shall net the cost of payments made to projects under the long-term contracts against the proceeds of the sale of energy or renewable energy credits and the difference shall be credited or charged to distribution customers through a reconciling component of electric rates as determined by the authority that is nonbypassable when switching electric suppliers.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2016

16-244v(a)

Statement of Purpose:

To allow submission of proposals for Class I renewable energy generation facilities with an increased potential size for such facilities.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]