Connecticut's Energy Agenda

The links below allow you to follow the progress on DEEP’s energy related responsibilities to implement a wide range of energy initiatives and programs. 
Affordable and Reliable Electricity Procurement
Public Act 15-107, An Act Concerning Affordable and Reliable Energy, authorizes the Commissioner of DEEP, in consultation with the state’s procurement manager, the Office of Consumer Counsel, and the Attorney General, to issue multiple solicitations—either alone or in coordination with other New England states—for long-term contracts from providers of resources that can provide Connecticut’s reasonable share of the investments New England needs to address the gas infrastructure challenge.
Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES)

Connecticut General Statute section 16a-3d requires DEEP to periodically update Connecticut's Comprehensive Energy Strategy.   The Comprehensive Energy Plan is an assessment and strategy for all energy needs, including electricity, heating, cooling, and transportation.  It must draw from the conclusions reached in the IRP as well as the findings from the energy efficiency plan and the renewable energy plan.  

2018 Comprehensive Energy Strategy - released February 8, 2018

Conservation & Load Management (C&LM)

Connecticut General Statutes section 16-245m describes Connecticut's energy efficiency investment plan.

2019-2021 C&LM Plan - approved December 20, 2018

Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)

Connecticut General Statutes section 16a-3a requires DEEP to assess Connecticut's future electric needs and develop a plan to meet those needs through a mix of generation and energy efficiency.

2020 Final IRP - released October 7, 2021

Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program

Section 7 of Public Act 12-148 requires DEEP to establish a microgrid grant and loan pilot program to support local distributed energy generation for critical facilities.

Natural Gas Expansion Plan

Section 51 of Public Act 13-298 requires Connecticut’s Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) to jointly submit a natural gas infrastructure expansion plan to DEEP and PURA consistent with the goals of the 2013 CES by June 15, 2013. The LDCs submitted a ten year plan that would provide gas heating services to an additional 280,000 low-use, on-main, and off-main residents and businesses in Connecticut. In the Final Decision (Docket No. 13-06-02) dated November 22, 2013, PURA approved, with modifications, a regulatory model for the LDCs to carry out such a plan.

Procurement of Electricity for State Agencies

Pursuant to state statutes at CGS Section 16a-14e, DEEP operates a purchasing pool for the purchase of electricity for executive branch state agency operations. DEEP and DAS procured a competitive rate for electricity supply for state facilities, saving roughly $1 million per year in operating costs for FY20.

Relevant Public Acts:

Public Act 11-80 - An Act Concerning the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Planning for Connecticut's Energy Future

Public Act 12-148 - An Act Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response

Public Act 13-298 - An Act Concerning Implementation of Connecticut's Comprehensive Energy Strategy and Various Revisions To The Energy Statutes

Public Act 13-303 - An Act Concerning Connecticut's Clean Energy Goals

Public Act 14-94 - An Act Concerning Connecticut's Recycling and Materials Management Strategy, the Underground Damage Prevention Program and Revisions to Energy and Environmental Statutes

Content last updated January 2022