June 4, 2021

U.S. Energy Storage Statement on Connecticut Passing Legislation for Energy Storage Target of 1,000 MW

Yesterday, the Connecticut House of Representatives unanimously passed SB 952, which will set a target of 1 GW of energy storage to be deployed by 2030. ESA testified in support of SB 952 in the Joint Committee on Energy and Technology in March and worked with the committee chairs to ensure the inclusion of accountability and tracking mechanisms.

The bill moves now to the Governor’s desk for signature, which is expected later this month. ESA anticipates that the legislation will have the near-term effect of eliciting a draft decision from PURA on its energy storage program.
ESA is pleased with the outcome in its legislative advocacy for a target in Connecticut, a goal that we initiated in 2019 and testified in support of in 2020 as well as this year. ESA’s Interim CEO, Jason Burwen, released the following statement:

“With the passage of SB 952, Connecticut is set to become the 8th state to establish an energy storage deployment target. This legislation will accelerate storage deployments that meet the state’s twin goals of decarbonization and resilience while growing a local storage industry and new jobs. SB 952 is particularly important for creating a long-term demand signal and statutory foundation to sustain the important efforts that Governor Lamont and Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Chair Gillett have initiated to drive storage deployment forward. We salute the leadership of Rep. David Arconti and commend his colleagues for enacting this important legislation in support of Connecticut’s clean energy transition.”

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