Governor Ned Lamont has signed House Bill 6524 that requires Connecticut, US utilities to solicit proposals to acquire new hydrogen fuel cell electricity generation projects that begin on or after July 1, 2021.
Projects submitted under this mandate will be approved by January 1, 2022.
This is seen as a major boost to hydrogen developments in the region with fuel cells set to become a crucial part in decarbonising various industries through hydrogen energy.
The evaluation used in the proposal selection process will be based on both enhancing distribution energy system reliability and security, as well as support of microgrids to ensure critical resources continue to operate during power disruptions.
House Bill 6524 provides preference for projects that are sited on brownfields as Connecticut demonstrates its commitment to energy equity and for fuel cells that are manufactured in Connecticut.
The energy transition, and the forecasted importance of distributed hydrogen, positions Connecticut to continue as a global leader in clean technology essential in achieving global sustainability objectives through fuel cell deployment.
Jason Few, President and CEO of FuelCell Energy, has welcomed the signing of the Bill stating, “We believe this bi-partisan bill is a smart investment for Connecticut’s electrical grid, environment, and economy, providing Connecticut the opportunity to play a leading role in the energy transition.
“We thank Governor Lamont and the Connecticut House of Representatives for this important energy transition legislation.”
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