Connecticut RfP targets offshore wind, other clean sources

Offshore wind. Source: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

February 5 (Renewables Now) - Connecticut is seeking proposals for the construction of offshore wind, biogas and fuel cell plants that will produce up to 899,250 MWh of electricity per year for the northeastern US state.

The request for proposals (RfP), announced last week by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), is for offshore wind, fuel cell, fuel cell with combined heat and power (CHP), and anaerobic digestion (AD) Class I resources in New England or an adjacent control area, including federal waters for offshore wind parks.

The goal of the solicitation is to source from clean energy assets up to 899,250 MWh annually, of which no more than 825,000 MWh coming from offshore wind farms. The selected projects will be awarded power purchase agreements (PPAs) for power and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

The plants have to start generating power between July 1, 2019 and December 31, 2025.

The proposed plants must have capacities of at least 2 MW. The maximum capacity for fuel cell and AD plants has been set at 20 MW and 5 MW, respectively, while there is no limit for the capacity of offshore wind and fuel cell with CHP facilities. All of them can include paired or co-located energy storage, DEEP said.

A conference for bidders will be held on February 20. Developers will be able to submit proposals by April 2, 2018, while winners in the solicitation will be announced in June.

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