Rural Communities Energy Assurance Program
Challenge: Increasing energy reliability
CCAT is assisting rural and lower-income communities in building capacity to reinforce energy reliability at essential community facilities through the State of Connecticut’s Rural Communities Energy Assurance Program. Services that are provided under the program include energy efficiency, renewable technology, and smart grid/microgrid technologies. CCAT’s assistance and capacity building will create opportunities for rural communities to prevent energy system failures as well as mitigate failure consequences.
The energy assurance program is supported by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Assistance was provided by CCAT and the University of Connecticut under contract with CCAT. CCAT coordinated with the electric utilities to confirm compliance with safety and interconnection requirements. The activities were coordinated with DEEP’s Connecticut Microgrid Program, which promotes innovative ways to keep critical community buildings powered during electric grid outages.
Local Energy Assurance Program
Challenge: Reducing the impact of energy supply disruptions
CCAT assisted the towns of Windham and West Hartford, and the cities of Ansonia, Waterbury, and Bridgeport in developing or refining a local energy assurance plans for each municipality. The purpose of this planning effort was to reduce the impacts from energy supply disruptions and provide emergency electric power. The energy assurance plans included specific actions to ease the impacts of short term disruptions and defined strategies and options for dealing with sustained outages to the energy supply. CCAT coordinated with the US Department of Energy to ensure compliance with program requirements. The town of Windham, Connecticut was ultimately awarded $709,000 by the Connecticut Department of energy and Environmental Protection to develop a microgrid with 250 kw of solar photovoltaics, natural gas generators, and batteries for Windham Middle School and Sweeney School.
BNE Energy Inc.
Challenge: Renewable energy production
With the intent to increase the amount of renewable energy produced in Connecticut, CCAT assessed the economic impact of developing large wind facilities in several communities. The assessment provided support for the development of BNE Energy’s two wind turbines in Colebrook, Connecticut that deliver approximately 5 MW of renewable energy. The turbines are expected to power 1,500 to 2,000 homes.