Bridgeport House Democrats Deliver Thermal Loop For Downtown

July 7, 2015

Rep. Santiago and other members of the Bridgeport House delegation are pleased to announce that the legislature voted in support of a measure that will result in a new district heating system, commonly known as a thermal loop, in downtown Bridgeport.

“I am thrilled that Bridgeport will be the first city in Connecticut to implement this cheaper and greener technology. It is my hope that this cutting-edge technology will attract more businesses to our downtown and will serve as a model for the rest of the state to follow,” Rep. Santiago said.

This measure was adopted as part of the legislature’s budget adjustments. It allows NuPower Thermal, the company taking the lead on the project, to develop an incentive program for potential customers in order to secure long-term contracts that will make the project economically viable. NuPower Thermal will then be required to submit its plan to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Energy Conservation Management Board for approval. The company has the potential to receive up to $9 million to make the project a reality.

“The construction of the Bridgeport District Energy project took a giant step forward due to the Bridgeport delegation’s support for legislation that incentivizes conversion from fossil fuel-based energy to heating and cooling generated by waste heat,” said project developer Scott Guilmartin. “Without the delegation’s strong efforts, the program created within the Energy Conservation & Load Management Fund would not have been accomplished. The project has received national attention with start of construction anticipated in late 2016.”