They said it took a bipartisan effort to make Dominion’s deal happen.
“Today, we’re really celebrating a Millstone milestone,” said Commissioner Katie Dykes with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
She said the agreement reached between Dominion Energy and the state’s two utilities – Eversource and United Illuminating – will ensure the Millstone Nuclear Power Plant can continue to supply zero carbon power to more than half of the state.
“I’m extremely proud and very relieved,” said Republican State Senator Paul Formica.
He is credited with being the so-called team captain of the bipartisan effort, while the governor got the utilities talking.
“Gives us a lot of energy stability, holds down price, and it means 1,500 good-paying jobs that are not going anywhere,” said Gov. Lamont.
“Very, very creative solution to a very difficult problem,” said Tom Farrell, President & CEO of Dominion Energy.
“Every year, $1.5 billion in economic benefits come from Millstone,” said Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz.
Dominion employs 1,500 workers in Waterford and those jobs won’t be going away like they did at its shuttered Wisconsin power plant from where Dan Brown came.
“I’ve seen first hand the devastation that a plant closure can have on a region,” said Brown who now works at Millstone.
The governor has also pushed for the development of the State Pier in New London to help support the offshore wind industry.
“This part of the state is going to be the hub of green power for the next generation and going forward. It starts right here at Millstone,” said Governor Lamont.
PURA, the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority still has to give the final approval on the agreement.