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Southeastern Delegation Responds to DEEP’s Draft Notice Regarding Zero Carbon Energy (Opinion-Editorial)

Posted on July 13, 2018 by admin


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Last year, Connecticut’s General Assembly passed a bipartisan bill that offers the potential of lowering electricity costs for Connecticut’s ratepayers. The bill authorized energy regulators to conduct a competitive auction for carbon-free resources if they determined it was necessary.  The bill created a path forward for Connecticut to meet its energy, environmental and economic goals.  Importantly, the bill also would potentially protect Millstone Power Station, the source of 50% of the state’s power and 90% of its carbon free electricity and 1500 jobs, by allowing it to compete in the competitive auction too.

Unfortunately, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), is charting a different course than the legislation directed.  The legislature directed DEEP to conduct a competitive auction for zero carbon electricity and to allow Millstone to participate, if regulators determined that it was necessary. They made the determination in February that it was necessary.

Now, after beginning the process, DEEP is unilaterally changing the legislative intent of the law by inserting language into the draft Request for Proposals that would essentially exclude Millstone’s offer from being considered until June 1, 2023.  They do so by creating a new term and definition, “at risk time period” that does not exist in the statute. DEEP must eliminate this definition in the final Request for Proposals in order to be in compliance with the legislative intent of the law.  Otherwise, DEEP will be usurping the legislative authority from the women and men elected to represent the people of this state.

Dominion Energy, the owner and operator of Millstone Power Station, acted in good faith throughout the entire legislative process. It has responded to all legislative and regulatory requests, including voluntarily providing its proprietary and independently audited financial data. If Millstone is the winning bidder in the competitive auction, its contract has to take effect now and not in 2023.  That is what the legislature intended by passing and enacting Public Act No. 17-3.

What’s more, Dominion Energy is facing an important decision now about investing more than 700 million dollars into Millstone Power Station to maintain exemplary operations. Neither Dominion Energy, nor the workers at Millstone Power Station, nor the ratepayers, nor Connecticut can afford the delayed implementation of the auction to 2023.

A premature retirement of Millstone will certainly result in higher electricity costs for Connecticut’s ratepayers, the loss of thousands of jobs, thirty million in local taxes, 1.5 billion to the state economy and the inability of the state to meet its clean air goals. The adverse economic and environmental ramifications cannot be overemphasized.

The debate over the future of Millstone has been settled by the legislature.  It is the job of Connecticut’s energy regulators to follow the legislature’s will. The Southeastern delegation cannot overstate the urgency and necessity for them to comply with the legislative intent of Public Act 17-3.

We urge DEEP to amend its draft RFP, eliminate the language regarding the 2023 start date and comply with the law enacted.

Sincerely,

Rep. Mike France (R-42)

Rep. Kathleen McCarty (R-38)

Rep. Holly Cheeseman (R-37)

Rep. Devin Carney (R-23)

Rep. Christine Conley (D-40)

Sen. Heather Somers (R-18)

Rep. Chris Soto (D-39)

Rep. Emmett Riley (D-46)

Rep. Kevin Ryan (D-139)

Rep. Linda Orange (D-48)

Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-34)

Rep. Doug Dubitsky (R-47)

Rep. Kevin Skulczyck (R-45)

Sen. Paul Formica (R-40)

Sen. Cathy Osten (D-19)

Rep. Joe De La Cruz (D-41)

 

Roadwork on Route 82 in Montville

Posted on July 12, 2018 by admin


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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is continuing their 2018 Vendor Resurfacing Program with milling work on a 4.32 mile segment of Route 82 in Salem, Montville and Bozrah starting Monday, July 16th. Resurfacing will begin on Tuesday, July 24th and is expected to conclude on Monday, August 6th.

 

Please expect lane closures to occur on Route 82 from Route 354 in Salem, through Montville, to South Road in Bozrah. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. As always, please maintain a safe speed when driving through this vicinity.

Rep. France Honors and Remembers Connecticut Veterans

Posted on June 26, 2018 by admin


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Attended the 9th Annual Memorial Ceremony at the Nautilus in Groton

NEW LONDON – State Representative Mike France (R-42) joined fellow lawmakers and local officials recently at the Submarine Force Museum for a ceremony to honor our state’s veterans.

The historical ship Nautilus (SSN 571), the first and now-retired nuclear powered submarine served as the backdrop to the 9th annual “To Honor and Remember” event. The ceremony pays tribute to soldiers from all branches of the military and the merchant marines for their dedication and service, along with a special Veterans Remembrance Event for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“As a 20-year Navy veteran, I appreciate the significance of the sacrifice made by all servicemen and women – and especially their families – but in particular those that have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom,” said Rep. France. “This is the fourth year that I have had the honor to attend this ceremony, and I appreciate VITAS hosting this great opportunity to show gratitude and support for our local veterans, as well as those currently on active duty.”

The event also featured a “shipmates remembrance ceremony” to honor all those who have served in the various branches of the military. Each branch was recognized individually while the armed service songs from each military branch were played.

The annual event is hosted by VITAS Healthcare, who offers hospice care to veterans with a wide range of terminal conditions.

(L to R) Rep France, Rep. Green, Rep. Ryan and Sen. Osten.

Local Lawmakers Support Grand Opening of New London CareNet’s New Location

Posted on June 18, 2018 by admin


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CareNet Pregnancy Resource Center of SE CT Located on Montauk Avenue

 
NEW LONDON – Last weekend, Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of Southeastern Connecticut cut the ribbon on their new home at 492 Montauk Avenue in New London. State Representatives Mike France (R-Ledyard) and Holly Cheeseman (R-East Lyme) were in attendance to show their support and appreciation for all that the Care Net does to support their constituents in the region.

Care Net is a community-focused, nonprofit organization that provides assistance, hope and help to individuals who are currently experiencing or believe that they might be faced with an unplanned pregnancy. They offer free and confidential pregnancy testing, limited OB ultrasounds, and many other services. For more information, please visit www.carenetsect.org, email info@carenetsect.org or call 860-448-2990.

“Care Net has been a presence in New London for many years,” said Rep. France. “Transitioning from rented space to one that they own establishes a permanent location for expectant mothers to receive assistance during their pregnancy. The new building provides a significant increase in size, enabling greater ability to serve those in need. I thank all of the volunteers who gave of their time and talent to make this grand opening possible and the staff for their continued dedication to serving our community.”

“It is so important that women of all ages know they have somewhere to turn, someone to provide help, if they need it,” said Rep. Cheeseman. “We are lucky to have this Care Net Resource Center in Southeastern Connecticut, and I hope that I can help spread the word so that all expecting parents are aware of their options!”

Reps. France and Cheeseman with CareNet Executive Director Lisa Maloney.

Rep. France Meets with Constituents in Ledyard and Preston

Posted on June 15, 2018 by admin


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HARTFORD — State Representative Mike France (R-42) hosted his regular quarterly town-hall style legislative update meetings this weekend in both Ledyard and Preston.

Rep. France answered constituent questions and discussed the major legislation that came out of the 2018 Session, including the recently approved state budget adjustments. Particular issues raised by constituents included national popular vote, education funding, transportation funding and the funding status of both state employee and teachers’ retirement systems.

Rep. France encourages constituents who were unable to attend but would still like to connect with him to contact him at Mike.France@housegop.ct.gov or 1-800-842-1423. To receive notifications of Rep. France’s future meeting dates, please sign up for his e-newsletter at www.RepFrance.com. You can also follow him on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RepFrance.