DEEP: Shared Clean Energy Facilities

Shared Clean Energy Facility (SCEF) Program

Section 7(c) of Public Act 18-50, An Act Concerning Connecticutís Energy Future, was signed into law on May 24, 2018. Section 7(a)(1)(C) of Public Act 18-50 directs the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to initiate a proceeding, on or before September 1, 2018, to develop program requirements and tariff proposals for a statewide shared clean energy facility (SCEF) program. DEEP is required to submit the program requirements and tariff proposals to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) by July 1, 2019, for PURA's review and approval. Via a Notice of Draft Program Rules dated May 7, 2019, DEEP released a draft of the program requirements for the statewide SCEF program.

In brief, the statewide SCEF program will seek new or incremental Class I renewable generation projects ranging in size from 100 to 4,000 kW (AC) for a 20-year contract term. Eligible projects are to be chosen through competitive bidding procurement process each year, for a total of 6 years. The program capacity is up to 25 MW per year; any unallocated MW will not be rolled into the next yearís capacity.

Stakeholders and other interested persons were given the opportunity to present oral comments at a public hearing held by DEEP on May 20, 2019, and submit written comments to DEEP by June 3, 2019.  Written comments and other documents filed in this proceeding may be accessed via DEEP's Energy Filings webpage.

On July 1, 2019, DEEP submitted proposed SCEF program requirements to PURA.  Pursuant to a Notice of Proceeding dated July 11, 2019, PURA opened Docket No. 19-07-01, Review of Statewide Shared Clean Energy Facility Program Requirements, for consideration of the proposed SCEF program requirements.  PURA is conducting this matter as an uncontested proceeding.
 
The following timeline shows actions taken so far in this proceeding, as well as relevant upcoming milestones set forth by Section 7(a)(1)(C) of Public Act 18-50, and certain actions proposed by DEEP in the proposed program requirements:

Action
Timeline
DEEP initiates the proceeding for a statewide SCEF program August 28, 2018
DEEP issues notice for a scoping meeting, including a proposed scope October 18, 2018
DEEP holds the scoping meeting November 5, 2018
Comments are due on DEEPís proposed scope November 30, 2018
DEEP issues a draft of program requirements for the statewide SCEF program May 7, 2019
Comments are due on the draft program requirements June 3, 2019
DEEP submits proposed program requirements for the statewide SCEF program to PURA July 1, 2019
DEEP submits price cap and bid preferences for EDC solicitation September 1, 2019 (and annually over next 5 additional cycles)
PURA approves or modifies DEEPís program requirements and the EDC's tariff proposals On or before January 1, 2020

If you would like to be added to the distribution list and receive information related to the statewide SCEF program proceeding, please contact DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov.

NOTE:  DEEP presently oversees a separate SCEF program on a pilot basis. Details about the SCEF pilot program and the three projects selected to participate in that program are available on DEEP's webpage for the Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program.

Content last updated in July 2019