A local lawmaker is touting House passage of a bill that will allow utility companies to solicit fuel cell electricity generation projects. Danbury State Representative David Arconti, House chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, says that will strengthen the power grid, create high-tech manufacturing jobs and positively impact the economy. The bill passed unanimously and was sent to the Senate for their consideration. Provisions in the bill require the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to evaluate submitted project proposals consistent with ratemaking principles and authorizes PURA to approve projects including giving commercial or industrial electric or gas customers on-site generation to increase power quality or resilience, provide back-up power and or reduce energy costs. The 2021 Legislative Session ends June 9th.