Remarks Gov. Ned Lamont made this week opposing a controversial plan to build a new 650 MW gas-fired plant in Killingly raised eyebrows, and questions about how to reconcile his words with recent approvals by state regulators of new gas infrastructure.
The Killingly plant, which was first proposed by Florida-based NTE Energy in 2016, has become a key rallying point in the ongoing effort to promote new sources of renewable energy for Connecticut and to scale back – and eventually eliminate – power plants that burn fossil fuels.
“I don’t want to build Killingly,” Lamont told environmental advocates assembled for the League of Conservation Voters annual Environmental Summit on Tuesday. “I’m not interested in building Killingly, and I’m not sure that the market will say that we need Killingly.”
“It’s a good sign that the administration is clearly sending a signal that further investment in gas infrastructure in Connecticut is not welcome, and it is antithetical to the interests of Connecticut residents and inconsistent with the long-term climate plan of the state,” said Deborah Donovan, senior policy director at Acadia Center, a nonprofit dedicated to “equitable clean energy solutions.”
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