March 15, 2019
The Millstone Nuclear Power Station will stay open for another 10 years – a prospect that had been in some doubt recently even after it was selected in December as a winner of the final carbon-free energy competition by the Malloy administration.
Dominion, Millstone’s owner, had been negotiating with Connecticut’s two utilities – Eversource and United Illuminating – against a March 15 deadline for coming up with a long-term contract to purchase Millstone’s power. The contract was announced just hours before the deadline was set to expire.
Dominion threatened to shut the plant’s two units in 2023 if an agreement wasn’t reached today. That would have stripped 2,100 megawatts of carbon-free power from New England’s electric grid, including about half of Connecticut’s power. That loss would have made it difficult, if not impossible, for the state to meet its long-term clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction mandates.
“The loss of Millstone would have been catastrophic for our state and our region,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement announcing the agreement. “The shutdown of the plant would have exposed the New England region to a nearly 25 percent increase in carbon emissions, increased risk of rolling blackouts, billions of dollars in power replacement costs, and the loss of more than 1,500 well-paying jobs.”
Paul Koonce, president and CEO of Dominion’s power generation group, issued a statement calling the agreement “a huge win for Connecticut, the region, and our colleagues at Millstone.”
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