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June 17, 2021

CT sets energy storage goal of 1,000MW by 2030

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED Eversource’s battery facility in Provincetown, Mass., will help the coastal community keep the power on if it loses connection to the central power grid.

Connecticut has officially set a goal of developing 1,000 megawatts of energy storage assets by 2030.

SB 952, signed into law by Gov. Ned Lamont on Wednesday, gives the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection broad authority to encourage the development of energy storage technology, including the power to issue requests for proposals and select new projects, provided they are cost effective. The act also instructs regulators to begin a proceeding to develop and implement energy storage programs connected to the electric distribution system.

Included in the law are interim targets of 300MW by Dec. 21, 2024 and 650MW by Dec. 31, 2027.

Energy storage capability is seen as key to increasing reliability, as storage units, such as batteries, can funnel power to homes and businesses if connection to the grid is lost or compromised by an event like a storm. The technology could also play a role in encouraging the adoption of renewable energy forms by saving up electricity generated from solar panels and turbines and redeploying it when the Sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing.

Lamont has set a goal of making Connecticut’s power resources 100% carbon-free by 2040, which will likely make the state increasingly reliant on solar and offshore wind generation as fossil fuels are gradually abandoned.

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