The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is preparing to issue a request for proposals for solar generation in the first step of an updated procurement plan that aims to meet the state’s goal of having carbon-free electricity by 2040.
Filling unmet portions of previous requests for proposals with solar and developing transmission for offshore wind while adding energy storage and anaerobic digesters are the focus of DEEP’s procurement update, Katie Dykes, DEEP commissioner, said in an Oct. 7 interview.
DEEP plans to issue annual clean energy procurement updates to help give renewable energy developers predictability around Connecticut’s clean energy pathway, according to Dykes. “We want to provide as much forward visibility as possible,” Dykes said while discussing DEEP’s procurement plan update for 2022, issued in late August.
The upcoming solar RFP will make up for projects that won bids in previous solicitations but were canceled. At least 170 MW of approved projects were canceled for various reasons, according to the procurement update, and an additional 10 projects may also be canceled, it states.
“DEEP will exercise its existing procurement authority to receive and evaluate for potential selection projects that could replace these lost resources,” the department said in the update.
Replacement projects may be less expensive than the earlier projects because of the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which included expanded and extended tax credits for solar and other emissions-free resources, Dykes said.
Also, Connecticut and other New England states may be able to take advantage of funding for transmission projects provided in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, according to Dykes.
Five New England states last month issued a request for information to help inform the development of tran …