Connecticut Energy: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Renewable energy:

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Renewable energy portfolio standard: 16 Connecticut General Statutes (CGS) 283-16-243q and 16 CGS 283-16-245a

Energy planning:

Comprehensive Energy Strategy: Public Act 11-80, Section 51

Regulatory Agency

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. To date, the federal government's involvement in renewable energy programs has been limited to voluntary programs and providing financial incentives for renewable energy generation. However, Connecticut state legislation has established a renewable energy portfolio standard and requirements for the development of a state energy strategy.

Administration and enforcement. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's (DEEP) Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) administers the state's renewable energy portfolio standard. The agency is also responsible for preparing and updating the state's Comprehensive Energy Strategy.

* State Requirements


Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

16 CGS 283-16-243q and 16 CGS 283-16-245a

Connecticut has passed renewable energy portfolio statutes requiring each electric utility company that sells electricity in Connecticut to establish a renewable energy portfolio such that the output from each supplier utilizes renewable energy resources as listed in the Table in this section.

Class I renewable energy resources. A Class I renewable energy resource is energy derived from any of the following:

  • Solar power.
  • Wind power.
  • A fuel cell.
  • Methane gas from landfills.

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