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Status & Overview

As part of Public Act 11-80 signed into law by Gov. Malloy on July 1, 2011, the state of Connecticut directed Eversource and The United Illuminating Company (UI) to launch a 22-year program to promote, fund and expand “behind the meter” renewable generation. 

“Behind the meter” refers to projects that are located behind the utility’s customer revenue meter.

This LREC/ZREC program creates a market-driven bidding process for projects to compete to obtain a 15-year revenue stream from the sale of RECs to the electric utilities.  The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) approved Eversource and UI’s LREC/ZREC Program solicitation process, contracts and additional methods in Docket No. 11-12-06 on April 4, 2012.

PURA has assigned this Program and its associated filings and decisions under Docket No. 11-12-06, which can be found on CT.gov.

Download the amended LREC/ZREC Solicitation Plan effective April 29, 2020 for the Low and Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit Program. 

Program Status as of May  1, 2020
Category Initially Awarded Active Terminated In-Service (with RDAD**) Approx. MW In-Service
Year 1 RFP
LREC 12 6 6 6 3.36
Large ZREC 21 13 8 13 7.33
Medium ZREC 47 31 16 31 5.26
Year 1 Small
Small ZREC 214 134 80 134 4.70
Year 2 RFP
LREC 16 6 10 6 2.62
Large ZREC 19 11 8 11 6.33
Medium ZREC 70 43 27 43 7.98
Year 2 Small
Small ZREC 277 168 109 168 6.89
Year 3 RFP
LREC 24 17 7 17 10.27
Large ZREC 32 16 16 16 12.59
Medium ZREC 95 52 43 51 8.85
Year 3 Small
Small ZREC 402  179 223 174 6.08
Year 4 RFP
LREC 22 8 14 8 9.48
Large ZREC 53 20 33 20 12.37
Medium ZREC 92 28 64 28 4.21
Year 4 Small
Small ZREC 314 151 163 146 5.61
Year 5 RFP
LREC 22 11 11 11 7.46
Large ZREC 37 25 12 20 12.78
Medium ZREC 60 37 23 37 6.53
Year 5 Small
Small ZREC 427 234 193 222 10.37
Year 6 RFP
LREC 20 9 11 7 4.15
Large ZREC 44 40 4 22 14.81
Medium ZREC 87 68 19 46 8.75
Year 6 Small
Small ZREC 316 302 14 128 5.33
Year 7 RFP
LREC 14 13 1 3 3.26
Large ZREC  45 45 0 6 3.85
Medium ZREC 80 78 2 10 .98
Year 7 Small
Small ZREC 277 277 0 27 1.03
Year 8 RFP
LREC 26 26 0 0 -
Large ZREC  20 20 0 0 -
Medium ZREC 55 54 1 1 0.20
Year 9 RFP
LREC Opened April 30, 2020
Large ZREC  Opened April 30, 2020
Medium ZREC Opened April, 30 2020
Year 9 Small
Small ZREC Anticipated Opening: First Quarter 2021
Year 10 RFP
LREC Anticipated Opening: April 2021
Large ZREC  Anticipated Opening: April 2021
Medium ZREC Anticipated Opening: April 2021
Year 10 Small
Small ZREC Anticipated Opening: Unknown
Running Totals 3,240 2,122 1,118 1,412 194.43

* All dates are subject to change without notice.
** REC Delivery Acceptance Date. 


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