GOV MALLOY: STATE SELECTS TWO CLEAN ENERGY PROJECTS

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of the Governor of Connecticut and received
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GOV. MALLOY: STATE SELECTS TWO LARGE-SCALE CLEAN ENERGY PROJECTS
FURTHERING CONNECTICUT’S COMMITMENT TO RENEWABLE ENERGY 
In-state solar installation and Maine wind farm will help
achieve goal of cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy for
Connecticut residents 
(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today that
Connecticut is taking another step forward toward achieving a
cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy future for residents
and businesses with the selection of two projects that will
generate large amounts of electricity from clean energy sources
- helping to achieve renewable energy goals at lower costs to
ratepayers. 
The Governor said the cost of power from the two projects - a
solar installation slated for land in Sprague and Lisbon, Conn.,
and a wind energy farm in Maine - will average under eight cents
per kilowatt hour (k/Wh), a price close to matching the cost of
power generated from conventional fossil fuel plants and some of
the lowest costs ever obtained for solar and wind power in the
region. 
“The selection of these two projects is a major milestone in
implementing our Comprehensive Energy Strategy,” said Governor
Malloy.  “These projects bring real benefits - cleaner power
with no air emissions and improved reliability by diversifying
our energy portfolio - all at a cost comparable to electricity
generated from conventional power plants.  This is the most
significant step Connecticut has ever taken to harness the power
of clean energy and this announcement is truly a historic moment
in Connecticut’s energy history.” 
The two projects have signed long-term contracts with the
state’s two major electric distribution companies - Connecticut
Light & Power and United Illuminating - for the purchase of the
combined 270 megawatts (MW) of electricity and related renewable
energy credits they will produce. 
The two projects, both expected to be operational by the end of
2016, are: 
·         Number Nine Wind Farm, a 250 MW land-based wind farm
to be located in Aroostook County, Maine.  EDP Renewables North
America LLC, an international leader in large-scale wind
installations, is the project developer. 
·         Fusion Solar Center, a 20 MW AC solar photovoltaic
system which will be located in Sprague and Lisbon, CT on land
primarily owned by the Connecticut-based Fusion Paperboard
Company.  The project developer is HelioSage Energy, known
nationally for its solar expertise. 
“The pricing offered by these projects demonstrates that
Connecticut’s new approach to clean energy can spark innovation
and competition among various technologies and drive down
costs,” said Commissioner Daniel C. Esty of the Department of
Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). “We had wind, solar,
fuel cells, tidal and biomass all competing for the same long
term power contracts with the electric distribution companies -
and the clear winners were Connecticut’s ratepayers.” 
Comments from Public Officials 
State Senator Bob Duff and State Representative Lonnie Reed, co-chairs of the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology
Committee, were principal architects of the legislation that
enabled the procurement to move forward. 
Sen. Duff said, “I am thrilled to see that we are moving forward
with renewable energy projects that provide environmental
benefits, diversify our energy portfolio, improve reliability
while leveraging federal tax credits to benefit Connecticut
ratepayers.” 
Rep. Reed said, “This news is exciting evidence that we can
indeed fulfill our promise to protect and also expand
Connecticut’s ambitious commitment to renewables. And we can do
it by purchasing large scale, clean power generation at
rational, affordable prices.  It’s proof positive that the new
energy policies we fought for and adopted are great for
consumers and great for the environment.” 
“These projects represent a significant step toward meeting our
state’s renewable energy goals in a cost-effective way that
protects both the environment and ratepayers,” said Attorney
General George Jepsen. “We are pleased to have overseen the
legal framework for the innovative and successful selection
process. I congratulate Governor Malloy and Commissioner Esty as
well as the project developers for these important
achievements.” 
Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz said, “This renewable energy
procurement is a great success achieved in a tight time frame.
We seemed to be facing a potential shortage of the renewable
energy needed to meet the state’s legal requirements by the end
of the decade but the projects selected in this process will
help to alleviate that concern, at prices that are quite
attractive.  I am also pleased the procurement process was
conducted with great attention to detail, a focus on fairness to
all bidders, included solid analysis, and that professionals in
my Office were involved and informed at every step.” 
Comments from Environmental Leaders 
President of the Conservation Law Foundation John Kassel said,
“Wind projects like the one in the package of contracts
presented today are ready-to-go and are a critical element in
both our fight against global warming and regional efforts to
build a clean energy economy.  Building thriving communities
means working to address climate change and building a sound and
stable economy; “going long” for wind, a step the legislature
has smartly chosen to take and which the administration and
utilities are now moving to make real, is a great way to do
both.” 
“The New England Clean Energy Council was pleased to see
Connecticut move quickly on long term contracting for Class I
renewable energy projects since passing its significant energy
bill this spring,” said NECEC President Peter Rothstein. “This
looks like a major step in the development of these vital new
projects.” 
“Contracts for wind power are an important part of a diverse
energy portfolio for the Northeast. They keep costs down and
help avoid pollution and future rate increases because wind
turbines need no fuel,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American
Wind Energy Association. “We’re doing our part to keep the
national commitment to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate
change that threatens us all.” 
Executive Director of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment
Don Strait said, “This renewable procurement represents a major
win for clean energy in Connecticut and the region. This
procurement will provide cleaner generation for Connecticut
residents at costs that are competitive with fossil fuel-based
generation, which is a major breakthrough.” 
Comments from Project Leaders 
“We thank Governor Malloy and the Connecticut legislature for
their vision of a cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable energy
future,” said Gabriel Alonso, CEO EDP Renewables North America,
which will be developing the Maine wind farm.  “EDP Renewables
is pleased to have been a winner in this very competitive
solicitation, and looks forward to working with the state of
Connecticut and providing affordable fixed price clean energy to
Connecticut customers for the next 15 years.” 
“HelioSage is pleased to continue its role as a major
participant in Connecticut’s growing clean energy sector,” said
Danny Van Clief, Executive Vice President, Business Development,
HelioSage Energy.  “When completed, our project will stand among
the largest solar projects east of the Mississippi and will
deliver clean, renewable power to thousands of in-state energy
users for years to come. This is an exciting day for
Connecticut, and for everyone who wants to see solar become a
meaningful component of our nation’s energy mix.” 
Comments from Electric Distribution Companies 
“We commend Governor Malloy and DEEP Commissioner Esty for their
on-going dedication and effort to promote regional renewable
energy projects as part of the state’s Comprehensive Energy
Strategy.” said James Daly, Vice President of Energy supply for
Northeast Utilities, parent company of CL&P. “These new
agreements allow Connecticut Light and Power to further
demonstrate our commitment to helping the state reach its goals
by adding to the significant amount of renewable energy we
currently deliver to our customers.” 
“It was exciting working with the procurement team at DEEP to
help bring this opportunity to fruition for UI’s customers,”
said Alan Trotta, Director of Wholesale Power Contracts at
United Illuminating.  “EDP Renewables and Heliosage have been a
pleasure to work with, and we are looking forward to the long-term business relationships.” 
Background on the Selection of Projects and Connecticut’s
Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) 
The two projects were selected after extensive analysis and
ranking of 47 proposals submitted in response to a Request for
Proposals (RFP) issued by DEEP on July 8.  The RFP was released
just weeks after the General Assembly approved and Governor
Malloy signed into law Public Act 13-303, An Act Concerning
Connecticut’s Clean Energy Goals.  This Act restructured
Connecticut’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), authorizing
the state to go forward with this clean energy procurement
process for up to four percent of Connecticut’s total
electricity load and recommitted Connecticut to obtaining 20% of
its electric power from clean energy sources by the year 2020. 
The two projects selected will provide 3.5 percent of
Connecticut’s total energy load, which represents almost one-fifth of the RPS goal (20% by 2020).  The quick timeframe for
the procurement process allows the projects to take advantage of
federal tax credits for renewable energy projects that expire at
the end of 2013, which is helping to reduce the cost of the
power they will provide.  The procurement team that reviewed the
proposals consisted of members of DEEP’s Bureau of Energy and
Technology Policy, the Offices of the Consumer Counsel, and
Connecticut’s Attorney General. 
Projects submitted in response to the RFP were scored and ranked
in three categories, with the most significant being price. The
other two categories were: viability, or the likelihood of
achieving the proposed commercial operation date; and ability to
improve reliability of the electric system in Connecticut, with
considerations for  contributions to improved transmission,
local sourcing requirements, meeting peak demand and other
technical requirements. 
Next Steps in the Process 
The power purchase agreements signed by both projects and the
state’s electric distribution companies will be submitted to the
Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) for review and
approval.  Under provisions of Public Act 13-303, PURA has 30
days to act on the contracts.  The projects will also be
required to obtain all other necessary local and state
approvals. 
As the next step in broadening Connecticut’s energy mix and
achieving the state’s RPS goals, DEEP anticipates moving forward
this fall with an additional procurement under Public Act 13-303
that will focus on biomass projects that can meet state
requirements. 
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Andrew Doba
Andrew.Doba@ct.gov
860-524-7308 (office)
860-770-8090 (cell) 
www.ct.gov/governor 
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