in News Departments > Policy Watch
print the content item

The Connecticut House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would allow large-scale hydropower to qualify as a Class I resource under the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS).

According to a Hartford Business report, a companion bill passed the state Senate on May 6, but due to some differences, the legislation returns to the Senate for final approval.

Connecticut's RPS requires 27% of utilities' electricity to come from renewable energy resources by 2020, with a Class I requirement of 20% by 2020. Under the state's current mandate, Class I resources include solar, wind, fuel cells and biomass.

Hydropower facilities up to 5 MW also qualify, but the new provision, which the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recommended in March, aims to increase the limit to 30 MW.

Following the House vote, Hartford Business says some groups have protested, claiming the hydropower measure harms the state’s RPS and provides an advantage to companies such as Canada’s Hydro-Quebec.

"This legislation is based on the faulty premise that provincially owned, Canadian large-scale hydro is cheaper, cleaner and more reliable than generators based in Connecticut and throughout New England," Dan Dolan, president of the New England Power Generators Association, told the news agency.

Mortenson Construction_id2024

Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Canadian Wind Industry Urges For More Federal Support

The Canadian Wind Energy Association says the country's federal government, once a big industry supporter, should again back wind power.


Wind And Solar Helped California Grid During Challenging Summer

According to the California Independent System Operator, the state suffered from heat waves and drought this year, and wind power played a "significant role" in keeping the lights on.


Recapping The Wind Industry's Third-Quarter Deals

Mercom Capital Group recaps investment and merger and acquisition activity during July, August and September.


Yearly Installed Capacity Figures Already Beat 2013 Numbers, More Wind On The Way: AWEA

While the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) lobbies Congress to extend the production tax credit, the association notes wind projects now under construction signal a vibrant 2015.


Yahoo Inks Contract To Buy Kansas Wind Power

The Internet company plans to log in to the Alexander wind project, which is being built by community developer OwnEnergy.

Canwea_id1984
BG 2015DblBox_id2032
Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Renewable NRG_id1934