On June 16, Connecticut joined seven other states (California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oregon and Virginia) in adopting a goal of deploying energy storage as a strategy to combat climate change. In pursuit of Connecticut’s evolution to 100% carbon-free energy by 2040, Governor Ned Lamont promulgated Public law n Â° 21-53, which sets a target of deploying one gigawatt (GW) of energy storage by 2030. The law also sets interim targets for the deployment of 300 megawatts (MW) of storage by the end of 2024 and 650 MW by the end of 2027.
The law directs the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to develop tariff programs and designs to encourage energy storage technologies that provide multiple types of benefits to the electricity grid and provide net worth to customers who pay for it. storage systems. In combination with all PURA programs, the law authorizes the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to continue purchasing profitable energy storage projects to meet targets at the statewide. The selection process outlined in the law requires DEEP to consider many factors in evaluating bids, including the reliability benefits of the distribution system.
PURA is already considering a strong customer incentive program to bring 580 MW of additional energy storage capacity to Connecticut by 2030. PURA has released its Straw Electricity Storage Program Design Issuance Notice and Request for Comments (Straw proposal) on January 5, 2021, in the aftermath of tropical storm Isaias, which left more than 800,000 electric customers without electricity. Straw proposal includes a targeted incentive structure designed to prioritize increased resilience to low to moderate income customers and other vulnerable customers, overcoming barriers to customer adoption of energy storage and reduce emissions from fossil fuel production. Electricity storage systems participating in the program would be compensated with an initial incentive of up to $ 7,500 and an ongoing performance incentive of $ 225 per summer event during which stored energy is distributed. Various stakeholders, including electric utilities, private developers and consumer advocates, submitted comments on the straw proposal and participated in a technical meeting and two hearings held in the first quarter of 2021.
Deployment targets and mandates for energy storage continue to emerge across the country. The objectives of the current state are summarized on our energy storage tracker. Please follow our blog for the latest developments on steps states are taking to deploy energy storage within their borders.