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Connecticut Clean Energy Fund to Jump-Start Renewable Projects
The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) is seeking expressions of interest from renewable energy developers for up to 100 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity. Called the "Project 100" initiative, the goal is to support state legislation that requires the state's electric distribution companies—Connecticut Light and Power and United Illuminating—to buy power from renewable energy projects totaling 100 megawatts in capacity by July 1, 2007. Since that legislation also requires the projects to be funded by the CCEF, the fund needs to work quickly to get projects underway. CCEF will release a draft request for proposals at its first "Project 100" forum, currently planned for mid-November. See the CCEF press release, and see further details on the CCEF home page.
DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has been producing a series of case studies on the impact of such state clean energy funds on renewable energy development. A study released in mid-October examined utility-scale projects supported by the Clean Energy States Alliance and found that these state funds have thus far obligated $345 million in support of 2,288 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity, with 707 megawatts already on-line. See the full series of LBNL case studies, as well as the Clean Energy States Alliance Web site.