Statewide Shared Clean Energy Facility (SCEF) Program

The statewide SCEF Program was developed pursuant to Section 7(a)(1)(C) of Public Act 18-50, An Act Concerning Connecticut’s Energy Future, codified as Section 16-244z(a)(1)(C) of the General Statutes of Connecticut. The statewide SCEF Program seeks the deployment of new or incremental Class I renewable generation projects ranging in size from 100 to 4,000 kW (AC) for a 20-year term. Eligible projects are chosen through a competitive bidding procurement process each year, for a total of 6 years. The program capacity is up to 25 MW per year. The first procurement occurred in 2020.

Year 3 Procurement

By Final Decision dated November 17, 2021, and a Ruling to Motion No. 6 dated January 14, 2022, in Docket No. 21-08-04, Annual Review of Statewide Shared Clean Energy Facility Program Requirements -- Year 3, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approved the revised Modified Program Requirements, the Year 3 Request for Proposals (Year 3 RFP), Appendix A: Subscriber Terms and Conditions, and revised Appendix B: Submittal to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for the Year 3 procurement cycle of the statewide SCEF Program (Appendix B).

 

Year 3 Bid Preferences

The Year 3 Procurement maintains a 20 percent bid preference for all Class I resources sited on brownfields or landfills, for ranking purposes only, and newly implements a 30 percent bid preference for solar carports and canopies, also for ranking purposes only. Bidders cannot receive both bid preferences. If a Bidder's project is eligible for both bid preferences, the Bidder will solely get the 30 percent bid preference for solar carports and canopies.

Year 3 RFP and Submission of Project Bid Filing to EDC

Pursuant to the Final Decision, Eversource Energy and The United Illuminating Company (together, the EDCs) have jointly issued the Year 3 RFP on January 21, 2022, for the submission of Project Bid filings. To download and view the Year 3 RFP program documents, please visit Eversource's or UI's SCEF webpage at:
Bidders must submit their Project Bid filing with the relevant EDC on or before the Bid Forms Due date established by the EDCs in Attachment 1 of the Year 3 RFP. Bidders must also email a copy of their entire Project Bid filing to DEEP at DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov on or before the same date.

 

New Self-Certification Form

Section 3.4 of the revised Modified Program Requirements newly adds the following language for the Year 3 RFP:

Should either EDC not meet their MW cap from the EDC list of eligible and qualified projects, the EDC shall provide assistance to DEEP to identify the DEEP-disqualified projects most likely to gain approval through DEEP's stormwater permitting process and to be deployed. The EDC shall select the DEEP-disqualified projects identified by DEEP as most likely to gain approval and to be deployed, following the above selection process. The Authority shall not approve any selected bids if (1) the EDCs do not meet their cap AND (2) bids remain that were disqualified by DEEP for not meeting the slope requirement. In alignment with that language, DEEP implements a PURA-approved process whereby a Bidder, who knowingly proposes a solar photovoltaic (PV) SCEF that violates the slope rules in the revised Modified Program Requirements, may complete and submit a Self-Certification Form acknowledging that the project does not comply. The Self-Certification Form requires the Bidder to acknowledge that: (1) at least a portion of the proposed project is located on a slope greater than 15 percent; (2) the Bidder is aware that Appendix I of the General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater and Dewatering Wastewaters from Construction Activity contains more stringent requirements for proposed projects on slopes greater than 15 percent; (3) additional permitted stormwater infrastructure may be necessary; (4) changes to the solar PV project may be necessary; and (5) the proposed SCEF will be subject to construction phasing. Proposed projects submitted with a Self-Certification Form will be selected based on bid price, but only in the event that an EDC has not met its megawatt price cap for a given procurement and there are no more qualified bids.

Bidder's Appendix B Submittal to DEEP

Concurrent with a Project Bid filing with the relevant EDC in response to the Year 3 RFP, a Bidder must also submit the following information and affidavits with DEEP on or before the Bid Forms Due date established by the EDCs in Attachment 1 of the Year 3 RFP. A Bidder's responses to these items are collectively known as the Bidder's Appendix B Submittal:
  • Responses to all questions outlined in revised Appendix B;
  • An affidavit attesting to the veracity of statements;
  • The affidavit completed by the Bidder attesting to the Bidder's control of the project site;
  • The affidavit completed by the project site owner attesting to the Bidder's control of the project site (required only if the Bidder and the project site owner are not the same person or entity);
  • The completed Self-Certification Form (only where appropriate, for an applicable solar PV project); and
  • A copy of the notification email the Bidder has received from the relevant EDC confirming that the Project Bid has been submitted successfully.
The revised Appendix B, affidavit forms, and the Self-Certification Form are available in PDF and Word formats, at the links below:

Bidders must file their Appendix B Submittal with DEEP at DEEP.EnergyBureau@ct.gov on or before the Bid Forms Due date established by the EDCs in Attachment 1 of the Year 3 RFP. Bidders must also email a copy of their entire Appendix B Submittal to the relevant EDC at SCEF@Eversource.com or SCEF@uinet.com on or before the same date.

NOTE:  DEEP presently oversees a separate SCEF program on a pilot basis. Details about the SCEF pilot program and the three projects selected to participate in that program are available on DEEP's webpage for the
Shared Clean Energy Facility Pilot Program.

 

Content last updated January 2022