(a) Not later than January 1, 2006, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall select, pursuant to a competitive bid process, one or more persons to provide long-term financing for customer-side distributed resources, as defined in section 16-1, and advanced power monitoring and metering equipment purchased or leased by customers of electric distribution companies. Such person may not be an electric distribution company, as defined in said section 16-1, but may be a generation affiliate of such company. The authority may retain a consultant to assist it in selecting such person or persons.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 16-243j
- Authority: means the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and "department" means the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Customer-side distributed resources: means (A) the generation of electricity from a unit with a rating of not more than sixty-five megawatts on the premises of a retail end user within the transmission and distribution system including, but not limited to, fuel cells, photovoltaic systems or small wind turbines, or (B) a reduction in the demand for electricity on the premises of a retail end user in the distribution system through methods of conservation and load management, including, but not limited to, peak reduction systems and demand response systems. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- distribution company: means any person providing electric transmission or distribution services within the state, but does not include: (A) A private power producer, as defined in section 16-243b. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Federally mandated congestion charges: means any cost approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as part of New England Standard Market Design including, but not limited to, locational marginal pricing, locational installed capacity payments, any cost approved by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to reduce federally mandated congestion charges in accordance with section 7-233y, this section, sections 16-32f, 16-50i, 16-50k, 16-50x, 16-243i to 16-243q, inclusive, 16-244c, 16-245m, 16-245n and 16-245z, section 21 of public act 05-1 of the June special session*, subsection (f) of section 16a-3j and reliability must run contracts. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Person: means an individual, business, firm, corporation, association, joint stock association, trust, partnership or limited liability company. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
(b) A successful bidder pursuant to this section shall give preference for such long-term financing to projects of customer-side distributed resources and monitoring and metering equipment that maximize the reduction of the federally mandated congestion charges. Costs eligible for such financing shall include, but not be limited to, the capital costs of projects of customer-side distributed resources and advanced power monitoring and metering equipment. For financing provided by a successful bidder pursuant to this section, the authority shall implement a buydown mechanism to reduce the effective annual interest rate to the person receiving the financing to a level that is no greater than the prime rate in effect on the date that the buydown begins for the person receiving the financing.
(c) A person providing financing pursuant to this section shall, after receiving approval from the authority, enter into an agreement with an electric distribution company, as defined in section 16-1, for such company to provide billing services with respect to the payments due to the financing entity from the person receiving financing. The electric distribution company, as defined in said section 16-1, shall recover all reasonable costs incurred in implementing this section, including costs associated with the buydown pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, as federally mandated congestion charges, as defined in section 16-1.