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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. Kathleen McCarty (R-38)

Rep. Holly Cheeseman (R-37)

Rep. Mike France (R-42)

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.

McCarty and Formica Meet with Waterford Constituents

Posted on July 12, 2018 by admin


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WATERFORD – State Representative Kathleen McCarty (R-38) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20) met with constituents at the Waterford Town Hall on Tuesday evening to provide legislative updates and discuss important issues impacting the community.

The lawmakers answered questions regarding long-term care insurance rates, much-needed transportation infrastructure repairs, recreational marijuana, education funding, Medicaid, and the procurement process surrounding Millstone.

If you were unable to attend this meeting but would still like to connect with the Representative or Senator regarding state government, please contact Rep. McCarty at 800-842-1423 or Kathleen.McCarty@housegop.ct.gov or Sen. Formica at 800-842-1421 or Paul.Formica@cga.ct.gov.