Two Connecticut Utilities File Joint REC Plan

Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and The United Illuminating Co. (UI) have filed with the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) a joint plan for the purchase of zero- and low-emission renewable energy credits (RECs).

Under the new program, qualified bidders would be able to sell RECs from zero-emission renewables (ZRECs), such as solar modules, or low-emission renewables (LRECs), such as fuel cells, to CL&P and UI for 15 year periods.

To be eligible, projects must meet criteria established in Public Act 11-80. Some of these key requirements are that projects must have begun operation after July 1, 2011, must be located behind customers' electric meters, and must be less than 1 MW for ZRECs and 2 MW for LRECs.

The companies have designed a joint program and filed a joint plan with the PURA. However, each company will accept bids only for projects located in its service territory.Â

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