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The Waterbury Generation Project

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On Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, the Waterbury Generation Project will be conducting tests using its back-up fuel, ultra low sulfur distillate. The tests will take place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and during that time emissions from the stack may be noticeable.

The plant will operate within all Connecticut Department and Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and federal Environmental Protection Act (EPA) permitted levels.

The Waterbury Generation Project consists of an approximately 96 megawatt (MW) generator built on a Brownfield site on Washington Avenue in the City of Waterbury. This generator is a state-of-the-art combustion turbine manufactured by the General Electric Company that, during periods of high electric loads, primarily burns natural gas with ultra low sulfur distillate (similar to kerosene) used as backup fuel.

Pursuant to Section 12c of Public Act 05-01, An Act Concerning Energy Independence, the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) issued a competitive bid solicitation for new or incremental electric generating capacity to reduce Federally Mandated Congestion Charges (FMCCs) for the benefit of Connecticut ratepayers. The Waterbury Generation Project was announced in April 2007 as one of four projects chosen in that competitive solicitation. The Project is owned by Waterbury Generation, LLC, a Connecticut limited liability company. As a selected bidder, Waterbury Generation LLC has signed a 10 year contract with The United Illuminating Company (UI) to provide its generating capacity to the State.

Following approvals by the Waterbury Planning and Zoning Commission, the Connecticut Siting Council, the DPUC, and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), construction began in early 2008 and commercial operation of the Plant will begin in Fall 2009.

Project Benefits

The Waterbury Generation Project will:

  • Provide much-needed clean, flexible, and efficient electric generation in Southwest Connecticut.
  • Save Connecticut ratepayers more than $50 million during the first 10 years of its operation alone. These savings will be multiplied by the impact they will have in allowing Connecticut businesses to be more competitive.
  • Pay more than $110 million in property taxes to the City of Waterbury during the 40 year life of the plant.
  • Pay more than $40 million in corporate taxes to the state of Connecticut during the 40 year life of the plant.

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