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CT Senate passes bill to stabilize revenues in nuclear industry

Millstone nuclear power station in Waterford

A national campaign by the nuclear industry to stabilize profits in a volatile energy market scored a victory Friday night with the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation changing the rules for procuring electricity in Connecticut, a state heavily reliant on nuclear power. Continue Reading →

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Nuclear power’s future in Connecticut is on the table

Millstone nuclear power station in Waterford

The economic viability of the Millstone nuclear station in Waterford, the largest power plant in New England and a crucial factor in Connecticut’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gases, is about to become a major issue in Hartford. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut legislators set energy agenda for 2015

Sen. Paul Doyle, center, consults with staff at start of Energy and Technology Committee. At right is his co-chair, Rep. Lonnie Reed.

With a packed audience of lobbyists waiting and watching, a legislative committee approved three dozen bills Tuesday that define the General Assembly’s relatively modest ambitions on energy policy in 2015. The more significant bills would ban variable electric rates for residential customers, cap the fixed-costs portion of electric bills and authorize state officials to explore expanding the supply of natural gas in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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About face: Legislators push ban on variable electric rates

Dan Allegretti of Constellation Energy, at right, testifying before the Energy and Technology Committee.

A new push to ban variable electric rates is a tacit admission by key legislators that a 2014 consumer protection law was insufficient to protect customers against bait-and-switch marketing by some of the electric retailers who compete with United Illuminating and Connecticut Light & Power, now known as Eversource Energy. Continue Reading →

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Sharkey names Berger to Finance, Tong to Judiciary

House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, changed the leadership of a half-dozen committees Friday as he named Rep. Jeff Berger of Waterbury as the new co-chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and Rep. William Tong of Stamford to lead the Judiciary Committee. Continue Reading →

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