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Connecticut Renewable Portfolio Standard (Energy Efficiency Component)

Date Last Updated11/26/2012
Policy TypePortfolio Standard
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeConnecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority
Policy Initiation Date7/1/1998
Policy SummaryConnecticut's energy efficiency targets are administered as part of its Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) program. In 2005, the State expanded its RPS to include Class III resources such as energy efficiency and CHP. From 2010 and forward, electricity suppliers must meet 4% of their demand through efficiency and CHP. Distribution utilities and other power distributors must meet efficiency targets, and third-party providers can also earn savings certificates, which they can sell to utilities with Class III obligations.

Class III resources include: customer-sited CHP systems, with a minimum operating efficiency of 50%, installed at commercial or industrial facilities in Connecticut on or after January 1, 2006; (2) electricity savings from conservation and load management programs that started on or after January 1, 2006; and (3) systems that recover waste heat or pressure from commercial and industrial processes installed on or after April 1, 2007.
CHP Eligibility RequirementsCHP systems that began operation on or after January 1, 2006, and waste heat-to-power systems that began operation on or after April 1, 2007, are eligible to meet the Standard.
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
CHP systems must have an operating efficiency level of no less than 50%.
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