This week, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced its intention to conduct two new procurements for grid-scale zero-carbon energy resources as the state makes progress on Governor Ned Lamont’s Energy Action Plan to achieve state statutory mandates for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction. The state has set a reduction of at least 80% below 2001 levels by 2050 and mandated a 100% zero-carbon electric sector by 2040.
“Building on our significant clean energy investments to date, procuring additional cost-competitive zero carbon energy is a critical pathway to make energy more clean, affordable, and reliable,” said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. “The Lamont Administration, with the support of the Legislature, has positioned Connecticut to be a leader in supporting technologies that will deliver new economic opportunities for workers and businesses, and accelerate our independence from fossil fuel-related energy price spikes.”
DEEP intends to conduct a procurement for new zero-carbon electricity generating resources and a procurement for offshore wind. The procurements are also consistent with meeting an interim GHG emissions reduction target of at least 45% below 2001 levels by 2030, and other energy and environmental goals and policies established in the Integrated Resources Plan and Comprehensive Energy Strategy.