Two Projects To Diversify State’s Energy Portfolio

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state of Connecticut is choosing two clean energy projects to help diversify its energy portfolio.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that a solar installation planned in Sprague and Lisbon, and a wind energy farm in Maine, have signed long-term contracts with electricity distributors Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating. The contracts require regulatory approval.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection chose the two projects after reviewing 47 proposals, submitted in response to legislation authorizing the state to procure energy from renewable sources. The state hopes to obtain 20 percent of its total electric power from clean energy sources by 2020.
The two projects are expected to generate 270 megawatts of energy by the end of 2016. DEEP officials said the projects’ electric prices are very competitive.

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