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Clean Energy Proposals Move Forward as Algonquin Gas Expansion Is Dealt a Setback

Ryan Caron King

Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts have selected several proposals to develop more clean energy for New England. 

The projects announced this week are expected to generate about 460 megawatts of electricity, which would be equivalent to about 20 percent of the power generated by the Millstone Nuclear Station. 

The energy will feed into the New England grid and, regulators hope, ultimately drive down energy costs in the region.

Proposals include a wind farm in southern New Hampshire, a solar project in Enfield and Somers, and solar arrays in Brooklyn and Canterbury.

Also proposed are a solar farm in Simsbury, near the Granby border -- and other solar projects in New Milford and Pomfret, Connnecticut.

According to a Securities and Exchange Commission document released Monday, one project that didn't make the cut was a 63 megawatt fuel cell in Beacon Falls, Connecticut, which its developer said would have been the largest fuel cell of its kind in the world. 

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced it's canceling a request to develop a number of additional regional natural gas projects. That cancelation includes a proposed expansion of the Algonquin Gas Transmission pipeline.

In a statement, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the move was spurred by measures already taken in other states like Massachusetts, which blocked financing of the project.

All approved projects will still need contract and regulatory approval.

Copyright 2016 Connecticut Public

Patrick Skahill is a reporter at WNPR. He covers science and the environment. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009. Patrick's reporting has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He has also reported for the Marketplace Morning Report. He can be reached by phone at 860-275-7297 or by email: pskahill@ctpublic.org.