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Millstone Wants Malloy To Keep His Promise

Dominion Hopes Tax Really Will Be Temporary

Connecticut residents pay the most for electricity in the Continental United States, paying 17.33 cents per kilowatt hour, compared to the United States average of 11.43 cents.

And that number will only increase, unless the governor and the state legislature keep their promise, Kevin Hennessy, Dominion’s director of governmental affairs for New England, said Monday.

Last year, Gov. Dannel Malloy and the state legislature increased taxes on Millstone by . That tax, per promise of the governor, is set to expire in July of 2013, Hennessy said.

“It was extraordinary circumstances,” he said, referring to the state’s $3.5 billion deficit. “We said we would pay that for two years, and not pass it on to ratepayers.”

But if the tax is not sunsetted Dominion will pass that cost on to ratepayers, Hennessey said. Millstone Power Station, which is owned by Dominion, is Connecticut’s largest producer of energy, so that will mean an increased cost in electrical rates, he said.

“The governor has been good to us so far, and has kept his word,” he said. “And we hope to continue that relationship.”

Last year the state legislature also proposed a bill that would have increased , although it eventually failed. Malloy said he would have not signed the bill if it reached his desk.  

Editor's Note: The original article said the cost per kilowatt hour in Connecticut is $17.33. The actual cost is 17.33 cents per kilowatt hour.

David Irons April 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Hold onto your wallets, electric ratepayers. Can anyone remember the last time CT actually kept its promise to sunset any of the so called "temporary taxes"? Although I wouldn't put it past the legislature and governor to increase it. There must be another emergency somewhere to justify it.
tom frane April 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I think you have the decimal in the wrong place in this. Electricity is about $0.17 per kilowatt hour. I use about 1000 kWh in the summer. The published rate in this story would put my monthly bill at $1733! Ouch. We need to encorage less expensive renewables in my opinion.
Paul Petrone April 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
You are correct, and thank you for pointing that out.

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