New England Ratepayers Association

Advocacy for Ratepayers Across New England

Malloy Right to Add Large-Scale Hydro to RPS

CONTACT: (603) 369-4301
May 9, 2013

CONCORD, NH – The New England Ratepayers Association strongly supports Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy’s efforts to include Large-Scale Hydro in his state’s Renewable Portfolio Standards.

“Governor Malloy should be lauded for taking an important first step towards fixing a broken Renewable Portfolio Standard,” said Marc Brown, President of the New England Ratepayers Association.  “Connecticut has the highest electricity costs in the lower forty-eight and Governor Malloy has proactively sought some relief by supporting large-scale hydro’s inclusion in RPS.   Our organization opposes RPS, which unquestionably raise the cost of electricity.  However, adding large-scale hydro should increase competition within the RPS, which will result in lower electricity costs for ratepayers.”

The bill would potentially allow for electricity to be purchased from large-scale hydro in lieu of more expensive wind, solar and biomass.

“We hope that the Connecticut House of Representatives will follow the leadership exhibited by Governor Malloy on this issue and pass SB1138, which passed the Connecticut State Senate in a bi-partisan vote last week.  Other Governors in New England should follow Connecticut’s lead on this issue and focus on lowering the cost of electricity in the region and not pandering to interest groups with hopes of gaining political favor. ”

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