Connecticut's Energy Agenda
The links below allow you to follow the progress on DEEP’s energy related responsibilities to implement a wide range of energy initiatives and programs.
- Grid-side system enhancements have the potential to increase grid flexibility and reliability, better integrate clean, distributed generation into the grid, and increase customer participation with the electric grid.
Affordable and Reliable Electricity Procurement
- Public Act 15-107, An Act Concerning Affordable and Reliable Energy, authorizes the Commissioner of DEEP, in consultation with the state’s procurement manager, the Office of Consumer Counsel, and the Attorney General, to issue multiple solicitations—either alone or in coordination with other New England states—for long-term contracts from providers of resources that can provide Connecticut’s reasonable share of the investments New England needs to address the gas infrastructure challenge.
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.
Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) - 2014 Draft Plan Released December 11, 2014
Connecticut General Statutes section 16a-3a 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 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 51 of Public Act 13-298 requires Connecticut’s Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) to jointly submit a natural gas infrastructure expansion plan to DEEP and PURA consistent with the goals of the 2013 CES by June 15, 2013. The LDCs submitted a ten year plan that would provide gas heating services to an additional 280,000 low-use, on-main, and off-main residents and businesses in Connecticut. In the Final Decision (Docket No. 13-06-02) dated November 22, 2013, PURA approved, with modifications, a regulatory model for the LDCs to carry out such a plan.
Section 9 of Public Act 14-94 requires that DEEP operate a purchasing pool for the purchase of electricity for executive branch state agency operations. The Department is required to provide the opportunity to participate in the purchasing pool to non-executive branch state entities, and municipalities.
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.”
Relevant Public Acts:
Content last updated March, 2016