New England: Millstone nuclear deal reached, set to run for another 10 years

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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Two nuclear plants win 'zero carbon' energy contracts in Connecticut

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Comment by Willem Post on March 19, 2019 at 4:54am

It looks like some decision-making folks are slowly regaining their sanity.

They had to finally face reality, instead of listening to the nonsense incessantly spread around by the 100% RE folks

New England should have more nuclear plants.

They are non polluting, generate near zero CO2 electricity, take up very little space, have near zero visible impact on the environment.

Compare them with land devouring wind and solar everywhere, that generate electricity at high cost and are dependent on the wind and sunshine in New England, an area known for lousy winds and poor sunshine, especially in winter.

What are these 100% RE idiots thinking?

Do it all with wind and sola?

It is likely these folks never analyzed any energy systems.

They are just repeating the slogans they have been taught to repeat.

Enough is enough!

Comment by arthur qwenk on March 18, 2019 at 7:50pm

Dense Fuels Always Rule. 

You cannot defy the Laws of Thermodynamics, ever.

Modernity relies on real science, not wind turbine lies.

Comment by John F. Hussey on March 18, 2019 at 7:37pm

Good news, good news, GOOD NEWS!!!


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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