Regulators have given the go ahead to several projects that will boost the stateâ€™s reliance on renewable energy sources. The selected plants will be paid a premium for their power.
The Department of Public Utility Control has recommended seven new power sources be included as part of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fundâ€™s Project 100. They include three fuel cell projects, in Milford, Waterbury and Stamford, a landfill gas plant in Norwalk, a biomass project in North Canaan, a plant in Bozrah that would use chicken manure, and one in Plainfield utilizing construction debris.
Project 100 was launched in 2003 with the intention of stimulating 110 megawatts of renewable generation by the end if this year. Thereâ€™s been controversy along the way about the definition of renewable resources and about the cost of the project to the ratepayer. In this final round, four projects failed to make the cut including some fuel cell proposals that were deemed too expensive despite the backing of legislators who want to see more support for the fuel cell industry in Connecticut. Supporting the Project 100 facilities is expected to cost ratepayers 110 million dollars.