On October 7, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) released the state’s final 2020 Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), a statutorily required recurring assessment of the state’s future electric supply needs and potential means to meet those needs. This latest IRP marks Connecticut’s first assessment of pathways to achieve a 100% zero carbon electric supply by 2040, as directed by Governor Ned Lamont through his Executive Order No.3 (E.O. 3).
Consistent with the Governor’s intent, the IRP commits to achieving the zero carbon electric sector goal and demonstrates that it is achievable through multiple pathways that maintain a reliable electric system. It focuses in the near term on areas of reform essential to facilitating the transition to a zero carbon electric sector – readying the grid with modernized transmission systems, reforming the regional wholesale market, and implementing and synchronizing policies and programs that promote affordability and equity.
“This plan confirms that a carbon-free electric supply is achievable by 2040 and will be necessary in Connecticut’s fight against climate change while emphasizing affordability and equity,” said DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. “Continued focus on regional market reform, modernized transmission, and investment in efficiency, storage, and zero carbon renewables – guided by robust and transparent stakeholder engagement – will be essential for continued progress towards a decarbonized electricity system that is equitable, affordable, and reliable.”
To implement this IRP, DEEP is undertaking a number of recommended actions, including Ongoing Sustainable, Transparent and Efficient Practices for Solar Development stakeholder process to identify best siting and permitting practices for renewables in Connecticut and much more. [Parisien]