With all this snow on the ground it appears that winter finally arrived here in the Quiet Corner. The beginning of this year has been very busy for us. In January there were two more hearings held before the Connecticut Siting Council. The Council heard testimony from experts, as well as Sean Hendricks (Killingly’s Town Manager) and NTE. On January 12th the Siting Council requested NTE’s consent for an extension of the decision deadline to May 15th. NTE however only agreed to an extension until April 15th. On January 27th we were saddened to hear about the passing of Philip T. Ashton who was a Siting Council member. I personally was very impressed with the knowledge and intelligence he exhibited while on the property site walk as well as during the hearings held by the Siting Council. We extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
NTE has proposed multiple agreements to the Town of Killingly which would need the Town Council’s approval. The Norwich Bulletin released an article that briefly describes these agreements. The article discussed a Community Environmental Benefits Agreement and a Tax Agreement. The Bulletin also indicated that NTE stated they will provide property value protection to about 20 homeowners. Looking at the limited information available to the public on NTE’s proposed tax agreement, the community environmental agreement and the proposed property value protection it appears that NTE maybe trying to short change Killingly and its residents. When comparing NTE’s agreements with similar agreements reached between Invenergy and the Town of Burrillville, Rhode Island as well as other recent agreements it seems like Killingly and its residents are not receiving equal treatment. These agreements were scheduled to be discussed by the Killingly Town Council on two separate occasions however both meetings were cancelled and no new date has been scheduled. Also final drafts of these proposed agreements have not yet been made available to the public. How can the public evaluate the agreements, form opinions and make educated statements before the Town Council if we are not provided with the finalized copies of these agreements with adequate time for review before the Council holds a meeting to discuss them? If these documents are made public we will either post the documents on here or supply information on where / how to access them. Also once we are aware of when this meeting is rescheduled we will post notice of it on here.
COMING SOON: THE FORWARD CAPACITY AUCTION AND WHAT IT MEANS; COMPARING NTE’S PROPOSED AGREEMENTS TO OTHER RECENT AGREEMENTS; THE DANGERS OF NOT HAVING A COMPREHENSIVE DECOMMISSIONING AGREEMENT IN PLACE.
Please drive safe and stay warm, Spring will be hear soon.
Thank you again for your support,
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