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New Energy Generation Plants Planned for Connecticut
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For the first time since Connecticut’s power market was deregulated, a utility has filed plans to build new generating plants.

The act that deregulated the state’s electricity market in 1998 required utilities to sell off their power plants, and focus on transmission and distribution.  But last year, in an attempt to address soaring electric rates, lawmakers once again decided to allow utilities to make proposals to build so called peaking plants – facilities that kick in to supplement the state’s power needs at times of peak demand.  Now Connecticut Light & Power has become the first to lodge a formal proposal with regulators to construct plants in Waterbury and Lebanon.  CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross.

"The bottom line is we’re looking for ways to stabilize energy costs, and to ensure reliable power.  They can run as needed, instead of going to older less efficient generator units that would cost customers more money.  This is an opportunity to help stabilize energy costs for our customers."

The department of Public Utility Control is expected to consider the proposals by June, and if approved, the two plants could be up and running in 2010.