Say no to Killingly Energy Center

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Wilton Quaker Meeting opposes the construction of  the Killingly Energy Center (KEC), a 650 MW electric generating plant fueled by natural gas, whose projected cost is $500 million.  The policy of Connecticut must be critically focused on fully decarbonizing the energy economy, including providing renewable electric power for its residents.

According to the Connecticut Siting Council’s Finding of Fact, the plant would emit 2,207,451 tons of carbon dioxide per year throughout its expected lifetime of at least 30 years.  Thus KEC would directly contravene Connecticut’s decarbonization policy. Most or all of the electricity generated by KEC would enter the ISO-NE grid, and so may not even directly benefit Connecticut’s residents.

We ask that Governor Ned Lamont reject the application because it will not meet the requirement that Connecticut generate at least 21% of its energy from renewable energy rising to 40% by 2030.  If the developer wants to submit a project for renewable energy development, we would support such an alternative.

Diane Keefe
resident Norwalk, CT
Member Wilton Quaker Meeting
Co-Clerk Peace and Service Committee
Co-Clerk Outreach Committee


David Osler January 14, 2021 at 7:18 am

I don’t even know why we consider such an option that much energy and level of cost would make much more sense to consider an atomic power plant preferably a modern design that includes a breeder reactor in order to burn off the waste if we actually built a site with two breeder reactors we could get rid of stored waste in the state and possibly get some other states to get rid of taking the problem from hundreds of thousands of years too hundreds of years

John O'Neill January 14, 2021 at 8:42 am

@Diane — Can you tell NON readers what the impact will be to our bills if plant is not built? I’ve been told our bills will already be skyrocketing once windfarms are operational. CT needs to understand both sides of the equation in order to make an intelligent decision. Can you also let us know what emissions are being released from China and India? What is Wilton group doing to fight that? We’re all for clean energy but minor details like the cost involved seems to be missing from the discussion.

nickels huston January 14, 2021 at 11:25 am

please do not let this disaster energy plant be built .i will definately move from this area if it goes through! Lower quality of life will follow if this energy plant is built.

Diane marie keefe January 14, 2021 at 5:33 pm

In the near future state and federal fees or taxes will be
levied on the carbon in fossil fuels. A fee or tax on carbon will level the playing field. This will increase the price of fracked gas, the fuel to be used at the Killingly plant. The KEC plant is to be operated for decades. Fracked gas is notorious for methane leaks and damage to water supplies. Continuing to rely on fracked gas is the way to not only bust our state’s energy budget but also increase the already high costs of climate change: flooding, tree damage, and erosion resulting from increased storm severity. Continuing to use fossil fuels will wreak havok on our coastal economy. The “land of steady habits” needs to show the rest of the country what is possible.

A $600 million plant like KEC could alternatively fund installation on 120,000 buildings with solar and battery storage, reduce pressure on the grid, and enable more affordable and reliable energy to be provided to CT residents from our own rooftops.
These are my views. I am not speaking as a representative of Wilton Quaker Meeting

John ONeill January 14, 2021 at 11:38 pm

@Diane: Thank you for your info. As you seem to to be well versed on the subject can you enlighten us on how much more expensive our bills will be if we support your thoughts? Also, I’m guessing you probably are up on other countries’ emissions. Can you let us know how CT compares to China and India? I read the other day that China is hungry for coal..As we have one atmosphere that we share with China I am looking for your outrage with our friends in Asia. Or is it ok for China to use cheap energy to kick our ass on manufacturing over the next 10 years? Guessing you believe in tariffs (much like our nutcase current President ) to balance the playing field to keep jobs in CT from getting crushed? As you seem to be well informed on this subject I look to you for direction. Thanks for any light you can bring to this discussion. .

Bryan Meek January 15, 2021 at 2:29 pm

The war on cheap energy and modern day living rages on. The old saying of turn off the lights when you leave won’t even apply. There will be no lights to turn off. Fortunately CA is running off this cliff before we do, so hopefully common sense might prevail before we are back in the dark ages burning whale blubber. Natural gas is the cleanest from of hydrocarbon based energy that man has devised. This plant is necessary to keep up with demand at a cost effective plan while the materials in solar based generation and battery storage continue to improve. Solar powered cars will be a reality but not for decades to come. Productivity is the engine that is necessary to continue R&D, which all of the major energy companies are heavily engaged in.

@JO. You are spot on. China by themselves accounted for 3/4ths of the increased energy consumption last year. https://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/energy-economics/statistical-review-of-world-energy.html

But i don’t think this drive to the dark ages stops until people start learning basic thermodynamics. The sun accounts for 99% of the earths warming. We could not heat the first foot of surface water of our oceans by one degree in 100 years if we converted all of our energy output into heating them. It’s the sun, stupid. But that’s why we need cheap energy to continue the R&D drive to sustainability. The unintended consequences of hair brained regulations are right there for everyone to see in California.

Peter Franz January 15, 2021 at 3:44 pm

In 1965 US’ economy was 53% manufacturing.
By the 2000s it was less than 10%.

It’s foolish thinking that leads people to say “China and India” are the big polluters when they’re making OUR STUFF. Our cars, our computers, our TVs, our nearly everything.

We should do the grown up thing and admit to the fact that this is our problem. By “our” I mean the world’s. The us/them finger pointing is going nowhere, and merely serves as a straw man argument for kicking the can down the road.

Besides, the US can and should be a world leader in clean energy. It’s a massive business opportunity. When the US pulled out of Paris, the EU instantly pivoted towards China for future energy discussions. Smart move US, /s.

But it’s not too late. Fortunately the incoming administration isn’t interested in continuing to pretend the US is some kind of “Special Bubble” that can ignore global issues. And besides, as the last paragraph of this article states, Killingly is not in alignment with the stated mission for the State of CT to achieve its renewable energy goals. We can do better.

John ONeill January 16, 2021 at 10:50 am

@Peter – Neither you or Diane have answered my question. HOW much will our bills go up without this plant? Surely there’s an answer to that question. You’re comments about US buying TVs etc from China remind me of comments this week from a State Senator from Bridgeport. He claims those misguided youth groups (some may consider them gangs)are not to be blamed when they steal BMWs in Rowayton. It’s really the fault of the owners who leave their doors unlocked. It’s really the victims fault he said..You may agree with that, BUT I dont. So it’s really our fault that China and India are polluting our one atmosphere while we go broke cleaning up one small piece of the pie…it reminds me of the saying you can’t see the forest from the trees. I couldn’t disagree with you more….While I also believe in clean energy it needs to be understood that it’s not free..Most people believe Windfarms are cheap..They are not. In fact our bills will be 20% higher once operational. So yes we won’t be buying any CT manufacturered TVs in the near future or probably ever..
I look forward to a new administration but I think many people think Biden&Company are Godlike. He may be better than Trump but remember he graduated last in his class. Not sure if he will have all the answers as some presume..

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