Almost half of the electricity produced in Connecticut comes from the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant. This plant has 0 carbon emissions, and produces enough electricity to power 2 million homes. Natural gas accounts for most of the rest of Connecticut’s electricity generation. However, Connecticut also produces small amounts of electricity from biomass, solar, hydroelectric, and coal-fired power plants.
Connecticut has an ambitious Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires all electric suppliers in-state to sell a minimum percentage of renewable energy. The Standard has been updated several times, but the most recent version requires electric suppliers to use at least 23% renewable sources by 2020. Most of this renewable energy is purchased from other states because less than 4% of the electricity produced in Connecticut comes from renewable sources.
Connecticut Electricity Prices
Connecticut has a deregulated electricity market, where customers can choose their electricity supplier and often access lower electricity prices. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average retail price of electricity for Connecticut residents in December 2016 was 19.02¢ per kWh, which is 6.81¢ above the average U.S. residential electricity price of 12.21¢ per kWh.
Residential electricity prices are on the rise in Connecticut. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, residential electricity prices in Connecticut have risen more than 10% over the past 5 years. This trend has led to higher electricity bills for Connecticut residents, motivating many to switch to renewable energy (i.e. go solar) to save money.
Connecticut Energy Mix
Net Electricity Generation By Source:
Source: Energy Information Administration, 2016
From 2005-2015, natural gas went from about 26% to 46% of Connecticut’s total electricity production. Over the same period, electricity production from coal fell almost 85%.
Connecticut Energy Sector Employment
According to the Department of Energy, the Electric Power Generation segment employs 5,205 workers in Connecticut. More than half of these jobs are related to solar energy, and natural gas creates the second-most jobs in Connecticut. The most common solar jobs in Connecticut are installers, manufacturers, salespeople, and project managers. Some of the biggest Connecticut renewable energy companies are SolarCity, Greenskies, and OnForce Solar.
Fun fact: more Americans are employed by renewable energy than coal, oil, and gas combined, despite wind and solar energy only making up 5% of the total U.S. energy mix. According to a study from the University of California, Berkeley, solar energy creates over 7 times more jobs than coal or oil per MWh produced. The employment estimates for wind power differ from source to source, but most agree that it also produces more jobs than fossil fuels.
Connecticut Utility Companies
Some of the largest utility companies in Connecticut are Eversource Energy, The United Illuminating Company (UI), and Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC). Previously in Connecticut, one utility company controlled the entire flow of electricity, from production to distribution. However, the Connecticut energy market has since been “deregulated,” meaning that some elements of the service, such as electricity prices, can be set by other companies. This gives Connecticut businesses and homeowners the power to choose their electricity supplier.
Your local utility is still responsible for distributing electricity to every home in your area. In return, they send you a monthly bill, which you must pay to keep the electricity flowing. By default, they also produce or purchase your electricity. However, Connecticut’s deregulated energy market allows you to switch electricity suppliers to take advantage of lower electricity prices.
- Serves approximately 1.2 million electric customers in Connecticut
- Headquartered in Hartford, CT
- Founded in 1966
The United Illuminating Company (UI)
- Serves more than 325,000 electric customers in Connecticut
- Headquartered in Orange, CT
- Founded in 1899
Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC)
- Serves approximately 100,000 electric customers in Connecticut
- Headquartered in Norwich, CT
- Established in 1976
Arcadia Power’s Connecticut Renewable Energy Services
With Arcadia Power’s clean energy offerings, homeowners and renters across the state can now sign up to reduce their impact, be more energy efficient, and save on their energy bills while keeping their same utility company. Here are three programs currently available to Connecticut residents:
As a Connecticut utility customer, you can reduce your impact by matching your home’s electricity usage with renewable energy certificates from wind farms. You can sign up for our 50% Wind Energy plan for free, and begin service with your next utility bill. All you need is your local utility login to link up with Arcadia’s platform and start supporting wind farms each month at no extra cost to you.
We offer a community solar-savings program to homeowners and renters in Connecticut. No matter where you live, you can subscribe to community solar projects across the country and start saving on your utility bill each month. There aren’t any installations, site visits, or equipment necessary, and if you move, your savings will even move with you.
Zero-down Energy Efficient Products
Our pay-as-you-save energy program enables Connecticut utility customers to access energy efficient products for $0 down. We will offer LED light bulbs, Wiser Air Smart Thermostats, and other home energy products to help you be more efficient and save on your utility bills. As an Arcadia customer, you can simply pay for your efficient products over time using the energy savings you’ll start seeing each month.