HARTFORD -- Two nuclear power plants, an offshore wind project, and nine solar farms will help Connecticut utilities provide "zero-carbon" electricity to their retail customers.
Gov. Dannel Malloy on Friday announced the winners of a major clean energy procurement, and the selection of Millstone Power Station in Connecticut and Seabrook Nuclear Power Station in New Hampshire effectively secured the role of atomic power in the state's climate strategy.
"Make no mistake, we are facing a climate crisis with the future of the planet at stake," said Malloy in a statement. "Despite President Trump's refusal to listen to scientists on this matter, the reality is that urgent and significant action is needed to dramatically reduce our dependence on carbon-based energy sources."
The clean energy procurements, mandated by the state legislature, are equal to 45 percent of Connecticut's total electric load. More than 80 percent of the new carbon-free energy will be sourced from nuclear power.
Orsted US, which plans its 200 megawatt Revolution Wind project, won utility support Friday for another 100 megawatts. The modest offshore wind procurement, while laudable, represents "a very timid step in comparison to other states in the region," noted John Humphries, organizer with the CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs.
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