Connecticut DEEP selects AD project through recent RFP

By Erin Voegele | June 21, 2018

The Connecticut department of Energy and Environmental Protection has selected more than 250 MW of renewable energy projects through a recent request for proposals (RFP), including one anaerobic digestion project.

Of the more than 250 MW of projects, 200 MW represents an offshore wind project while 52 MW will come from fuel cell projects. DEEP also selected a 1.6 MW anaerobic digestion project.

According to DEEP, the Turning Earth Anaerobic Digestion Project in Southington, Connecticut, will help the state meet its waste management goals by processing 54,000 tons of food waste and 15,000 tons of yard and woody waste, creating 90,000 cubic yards of compost and mulch. The project is located in an industrial zone and is expected to create or retain more than 500 jobs during construction, along with five full-time jobs during operation for the next 30 to 50 years.

DEEP said it plans to issue another clean energy solicitation later this year, and notes that fuel cells and anaerobic digestion will also be eligible for the successor auction program under Section 7 of Public Act 18-50, which calls for up to an additional 10 MW of per years of low-emissions renewables deployment for the next six years.