Non-Wires Alternatives: How Much, How Soon for Connecticut?

non-wires alternatives

States increasingly employ non-wires alternatives to tease out where distributed energy offers a better deal than traditional utility infrastructure – wires, poles, substations. But in Connecticut the idea is running into controversy. Utilities in the state say it’s too soon to press ahead with non-wires alternatives, while the state … [Read more...]

Connecticut’s UI Completes Woodbridge Microgrid

United Illuminating (UI) has completed the Woodbridge microgrid, a project funded through Connecticut's Microgrid Pilot Program. The microgrid will power police, fire and shelter services during storms, blackouts and other emergencies. Town and state leaders, including Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, gathered on Monday to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Connecticut Offers Latest Funds from the $1.02B LREC & ZREC Program; Potential Microgrid Revenue

Connecticut’s investor-owned utilities have issued a request for proposals seeking low and zero emissions renewable credits (LREC/ZREC), which offer potential revenue for microgrids and other clean energy projects. State law requires that Eversource and United Illuminating make $1.02 billion in LREC and ZREC purchases from clean energy projects … [Read more...]

Connecticut Utility Finalizes Innovative Community Microgrid Deal

Community microgrids are not always easy to finance. But United Illuminating (UI), FuelCell Energy and the town of Woodbridge, Connecticut are showing how some innovative thinking can get it done. UI, one of two investor-owned utilities in Connecticut, finalized an agreement today with the town on a 2.2 MW fuel cell microgrid. The deal came … [Read more...]