OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF THE VIABILITY OF NEW DISTRICT HEATING NETWORKS IN THE STATE.
This bill requires the energy and environmental protection commissioner to study the viability of new district heating networks in the state, including recommendations for financing them. In general, a district heating network is a network of pipes that carries thermal energy from a central facility (e.g., waste heat from an electric generation facility) to other client buildings. The commissioner must report the study's results to the Energy and Technology Committee by July 1, 2018.
The bill also requires future Comprehensive Energy Strategies (CES) to include studies on the viability of new district heating networks in the state, including recommendations for financing them. The law requires the commissioner to prepare a CES every three years, with the most recent one due by October 1, 2016. (The 2016 CES has not yet been completed). The bill's requirement applies beginning with the CES due by October 1, 2019.
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017, except the requirement regarding the CES is effective October 1, 2017.
HB 7012, reported favorably by the Energy and Technology Committee, requires the CES to assess the state's progress in reducing energy costs relative to the other New England states, New York, and New Jersey.
Energy and Technology Committee