Section 127 of Public Act 11-80, requires DEEP to review proposals by electric distribution companies (EDC) and private developers to build, own or operate up to thirty megawatts (MW) of zero emission Class I renewable energy source generation facilities.
Section 116(f) (Combined Heat and Power Systems) of Public Act 11-80 requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to review the current market conditions for CHP systems and to determine the appropriate financial incentives necessary to encourage installation of CHP systems.
Section 51 of Public Act 11-80 requires that by July 1, 2012, and every three years thereafter, DEEP in consultation with the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board (CEAB), must prepare a comprehensive energy plan for Connecticut. The Comprehensive Energy Plan is an assessment and plan for all energy needs, including electricity, heating, cooling, and transportation. It must draw from the conclusions reached in the IRP as well as the findings from the energy efficiency plan and the renewable energy plan.
Conservation & Load Management
Section 33(c) of Public Act 11-80 requires that DEEP oversee an independent, comprehensive evaluation, measuring, and verification process to ensure that the programs are administered properly and efficiently and comply with statutory requirements. This review will also make findings to whether the programs and measures are cost effective.
Independent System Operator (ISO) Market Study
Section 35 (Wholesale Market Study) requires DEEP to study the impact of ISO New England’s market Rule 1 on the state’s ratepayers and the New England wholesale electric power market. DEEP will report to the Energy & Technology Committee on the results of the study by January 1, 2012.
Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) - 2012
Section 88 & 89 (Integrated Resource Planning) of Public Act 11-80 requires DEEP to assess Connecticut's future electric needs and develop a plan to meet those needs through a mix of generation and energy efficiency.
Section 112 of Public Act 11-80 requires DEEP to research and report to the Legislature's Energy and Technology Committee on low-income discount rates for service provided by electric distribution and gas companies.
Section 7 of Public Act 12-148 requires DEEP to establish a microgrid grant and loan pilot program to support local distributed energy generation for critical facilities.
Section 129 of Public Act 11-80 requires DEEP to conduct a review of the Connecticut renewable portfolio standard (RPS). The legislation further specifies that the review contain an analysis of certain elements of the RPS including: (1) options for minimizing the cost to electric ratepayers of procuring renewable resources, and (2) the feasibility of increasing the RPS. A final requirement is that DEEP, in its review, “consider the impacts, costs, and benefits of expanding the definition of Class 1 renewable sources to include “hydropower and other technologies that do not use nuclear or fossil fuels.”