Connecticut legislation would count hydropower as renewable energy

A piece of legislation to include large-scale hydropower generation in Connecticut’s definition for renewable energy was passed by the House May 28, according to a report by the Hartford Business Journal.

The legislation was earlier approved by the Senate, but the House changed parts of the text so now again it needs to pass the Senate before going to Gov. Dannel P Malloy.

The changed definition will allow Connecticut to count power purchased from Canadian hydropower plants towards its renewable energy target. The state still needs to source 20 percent of its power by 2020 from class I renewables, which include wind, solar and biomass power.

Power suppliers that want to count hydropower as well will need to prove that they really have no other choice, according to the report.

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