As Finger Pointing Over Unloved Gas Plant Continues, Who Really Gets To Call The Shots?

Speaking on Wednesday, Feb. 3, on Connecticut Public Radio’s Where We Live, Lamont said, at this point, there might not be a lot he can do to stop a proposed natural gas plant in Killingly. The proposed 650 megawatt plant would provide enough power for about 500,000 homes annually. But the proposal has drawn the ire of environmental groups who say building a natural gas plant conflicts with Lamont’s stated commitment to clean up Connecticut’s energy portfolio. Lamont has repeatedly blamed ISO New England, the regional grid operator, for hosting a marketplace he said prioritizes reliability and price at the sake of carbon emissions. A spokesperson for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said this week the permitting process at Killingly continues and that the DEEP is still reviewing the project. A spokesperson for the developer, Florida-based NTE Energy, said they expect the plant to begin construction in the first half of this year.

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