Connecticut DEEP issues RFP for Class I renewables

By Erin Voegele | October 23, 2013

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for electric power produced by biomass, landfill gas and run-of-river hydropower facilities. Eligible projects will meet the state’s Class I renewable requirements. Applications are due Nov. 18.

In a press release announcing the RFP, the DEEP attributes the expedited application timeline to the expiration of the federal Production Tax Credit at the end of the year. “The expedited timeline for this RFP maximizes the opportunity for bidders to qualify for federal Production Tax Credits, which will help drive down the cost of power these projects produce, ” said DEEP Commissioner Daniel Esty.  “This is consistent with Governor Malloy’s vision of bringing cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable power to our residents and businesses.” 

According to the DEEP, it is seeking proposals from new and existing facilities, including those located within Connecticut and those in other regions of the Northeast. Projects selected under the RFP will be eligible to enter power purchase agreements spanning up to 10 years with Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating.

Under this RFP, the DEEP can select proposals that meet up to 4 percent of the state’s total electricity demand. Documentation published by the department specifies that equates to approximately 100-150 MW of total installed capacity.

The DEEP announced its intention to issue the FRP earlier this month. Proposals will be evaluated on several criteria, including pricing, reliability, and environmental and economic development benefits. Additional information on the RFP can be downloaded here.