January 23, 2013

Small ZREC awards to be given randomly

Statewide electric utilities Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating will award renewable energy credits to small installations on a random basis, replacing the first-come, first served policy originally established.

CL&P and UI are awarding the first round of zero emissions renewable energy credits, or ZRECs, as part of the state's 21-year, $1 billion program to proliferate clean energy installations throughout Connecticut. The utilities already awarded ZRECs for large and medium installations, along with LRECS for low-emissions technology, on a low-bidder system late in 2012.

The small ZRECs for installations of 100 kilowatts or less were supposed to come after the other ZREC/LREC awards and be done on a first-come, first-served basis.

However, based on the number of small ZREC applications received during the solicitation that ended on Tuesday, the utilities decided to conduct a random selection of those applications for awards.

The random selection will order all of the solicitations, so if any awardee is disqualified or withdraws, then the next application in the queue will be selected.

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