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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 25, 2019 for the Low and Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit Program. 

Program Status as of November  1, 2019
Category Initially Awarded Active Terminated In-Service (with RDAD**) Approx. MW In-Service
Year One
LREC 12 6 6 6 3.36
Large ZREC 21 13 8 13 7.33
Medium ZREC 47 31 16 31 5.26
Small ZREC 214 134 80 134 4.70
Year Two
LREC 16 6 10 6 2.62
Large ZREC 19 11 8 11 6.33
Medium ZREC 70 43 27 43 7.98
Small ZREC 277 168 109 168 6.89
Year Three
LREC 24 17 7 17 10.21
Large ZREC 32 16 16 16 12.59
Medium ZREC 95 52 43 50 8.63
Small ZREC 402  179 223 174 6.08
Year Four
LREC 22 8 14 8 9.48
Large ZREC 53 20 33 20 12.37
Medium ZREC 92 28 64 28 4.21
Small ZREC 314 151 163 146 5.61
Year Five
LREC 22 11 11 10 7.46
Large ZREC 37 25 12 20 12.78
Medium ZREC 60 38 22 37 6.53
Small ZREC 427 235 192 192 8.67
Year Six
LREC 20 9 11 45 3.27
Large ZREC 44 40 4 14 9.06
Medium ZREC 87 470 17 41 7.89
Small ZREC 316 308 8 82 3.50
Year Seven
LREC 14 14 0 0 -
Large ZREC  45 45 0 0 -
Medium ZREC 80 78 2 3 0.85
Small ZREC 175 175 0 0 -
Year Eight
LREC 26 26 0 0 -
Large ZREC  20 20 0 0 -
Medium ZREC 55 55 0 0 -
Year Nine
LREC Anticipated Opening: April 2020
Large ZREC  Anticipated Opening: April 2020
Medium ZREC Anticipated Opening: April 2020
Small ZREC Anticipated Opening: First Quarter 2021
Year Ten
LREC Anticipated Opening: April 2021
Large ZREC  Anticipated Opening: April 2021
Medium ZREC Anticipated Opening: April 2021
Small ZREC Anticipated Opening: Unknown
Total 3,128 2,032 1,106 1,279 173.70

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


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