ESA Comments: Procurement of Clean Energy and Renewable Resources Pursuant to Public Acts 13-303, 15-107 and 17-144

Posted: January 19, 2018 - 15:34 / Connecticut / ESA Filings
January 16, 2018
 
Rob Klee
Commissioner
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
 
Re: Procurement of Clean Energy and Renewable Resources Pursuant to Public Acts
13-303, 15-107 and 17-144
 
Dear Commissioner Klee:
The Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and the Energy Storage Association (ESA) commend the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP or Department) for issuing on December 15 the draft request for proposals (RFP) for clean energy and renewable resources pursuant to Public Acts 13-303, 15-107 and 17-144. We strongly support the solicitation of bids from offshore wind, fuel cells, and anaerobic digestion, all of which are and will be important resource types for Connecticut’s future energy mix and that of the region at large. NECEC and ESA previously submitted comments on December 12 to urge the Department to use its statutory authority to additionally solicit proposals for energy storage. While we are pleased to see that the draft RFP contemplates bids from energy storage systems co-located with other qualified resource types, we renew our call for DEEP to further accommodate project bids from standalone energy storage systems. Adding energy storage as a solicited resource will make the final RFP a significant driver of innovative, cost-effective technologies in Connecticut, unlocking a tremendous opportunity for ratepayers, adopting customers, and the electricity system. Finally, NECEC also submits comments below regarding the structure of the fuel cell solicitation, which we recommend be amended.