Hartford- Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) lauds the final passage and signing in to law of SB 1501 An Act Concerning Zero Carbon Procurement commonly referred to as the “Millstone Bill”. The bill was passed by the House 75-66-10 and in the Senate 23-8-5 and was signed into law by the Governor on Tuesday afternoon October 31st.
The legislation requires the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) and the Commissioner of the Department Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to conduct an appraisal of nuclear power generating stations and determine whether or not to pursue a competitive procurement process by February of 2018. By law, any decision undertaken by PURA must be in the best interest of the rate payers.
“I am very pleased that this legislation passed after being held up during the regular and special sessions. This is a proactive step that will help keep the Millstone power station viable at a time when nuclear power stations have closed and been replaced by natural gas power plants” said Rep. Ziobron. “Contrary to what opponents have been saying this is not a subsidy or a bailout. This legislation, if PURA recommends it, would allow Dominion, the owner of the Millstone Power Station to sell directly into the carbon free market and possibly deliver savings to rate payers. Dominion is a vital asset to our regional economy providing thousands of high paying jobs in our community and provides nearly half of our state’s electricity. I look forward to the results of the report and working to keep Dominion in Connecticut.”