June 5, 2017
As you may know, the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) recently voted to deny the Killingly Energy Center’s (KEC’s) application, without prejudice, based on their perception that there is currently a lack of need for this new source of energy. The form of this decision provides NTE the opportunity to file to reopen the CSC docket at a later date. NTE is confident that up to 6,000 MW of older, dirtier and less efficient power generating units will retire in the ISO New England region, and that these retirements, coupled with seasonal reliability and renewables integration concerns, will support the need for KEC – a newer, more efficient and cleaner power generating facility. Once NTE secures a capacity supply obligation, further demonstrating need for the new power generation from KEC, NTE will file to reopen the CSC docket.
In other permitting news, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) is in the process of preparing the final air permit for KEC. We expect CTDEEP to issue the final KEC air permit later this month.
We continue to work to finalize the Tax Stabilization and Community Environmental Benefit Agreements and other project agreements. We also enjoyed a good, fun (chilly) day at the Killingly-Brooklyn Rotary 24th Annual Spyder Burke Memorial Golf Tournament.
As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at (813) 503-2991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1, 2017
In April, progress continued to be made in the siting certification and air permitting, as well as other late stage development activities. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at (813) 503-2991 or email@example.com.
Air Permit Application
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) held a public comment hearing for the Killingly Energy Center (KEC) on April 19 at the Killingly High School auditorium. A good number of citizens attended the meeting and made their comments directly to CTDEEP regarding CTDEEP’s issuance of the Tentative Determination (draft air permit). CTDEEP staff is preparing responses to all comments received, both written and oral, with a final ruling expected later in May or June.
Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) Activity
On April 27, the CSC held their first day of deliberations on KEC’s Siting Certification Application. The CSC’s next deliberation is expected to take place during one of their next regularly scheduled meetings in May, at the CSC’s New Britain’s offices.
Community Environmental Benefit and Tax Stabilization Agreements
Discussion and negotiations on the Tax Stabilization Agreement and Community Environmental Benefit Agreement continue. We appreciate the Town’s diligence in completing these agreements and look forward to finalizing these with the Town.
April 1, 2017
In March the project completed several key milestones in the siting certification and air permitting processes and continued moving forward on the Community Environmental Benefit and Tax Stabilization Agreements with the Town. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at (813) 503-2991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) Activity
On March 23, the CSC held the final evidentiary hearing for KEC. NTE representatives answered questions from the Councilors, NAPP and the Sierra Club, regarding ISO New England’s Forward Capacity Auction #11 results. Following this final hearing, the CSC established a close of record date of April 24 with their deliberations and decision expected before summer.
Air Permit Application
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) issued the Tentative Determination (draft air permit) and notice of public hearing for KEC. The public hearing will take place on April 19 at the Killingly High School auditorium starting at 6:00 pm. The purpose of the public hearing is to provide an opportunity for members of the public to make comments concerning the Tentative Determination directly to CTDEEP. The hearing will be moderated and recorded by a CTDEEP hearing officer. Comments will be heard in the order in which members of the public sign up at the hearing. Written comments will be accepted at the hearing and by CT DEEP until the close of business on April 26. After the hearing is closed, CTDEEP staff will prepare a response to comments, and document and issue their recommendation. A copy of the Tentative Determination can be found on the CTDEEP website and also on the KEC website at www.killinglyenergycenter.com/apps-and-permits.
Community Environmental Benefit and Tax Stabilization Agreements
Work on the Community Environmental Benefit Agreement (CEBA) and the Tax Stabilization Agreement continues to move forward. After two scheduled Town Council meetings were cancelled due to snow storms, the Town Council met on March 21 to take public comment and discuss both agreements. NTE is looking forward to finalizing negotiations of these two agreements with the Town.
March 1, 2017
February was another exciting month for the project on several fronts - from the Forward Capacity Auction, to our discussions on the Community Environmental Benefit and Tax Stabilization Agreements with the Town, to our innovative commitments on greenhouse gas reductions. As always, feel free to contact us at (813) 503-2991 or email@example.com.
Forward Capacity Auction #11
ISO New England held its Forward Capacity Auction #11 on February 6. FCA #11 produced positive results for Connecticut rate payers, providing reliability for the region and stability of the electric grid. FCA #11 also illustrated that the market fundamentals for new generation in Connecticut and New England remain strong with significant coal and oil-fired power generation retirements expected, steady growth in renewables and energy efficiency programs, desired reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and concerns with winter reliability.
FCA #11 required that facilities receiving capacity supply obligations from the auction be in operation by June 2020 - an aggressive goal for KEC, with key permits and agreements outstanding. Completion of these permitting processes and agreements over the next several months will position KEC for participation in FCA #12.
We are pleased to have participated in the auction and are looking forward to KEC being a long-term low-cost resource in New England. KEC will be a key contributor towards the goal of creating competitive electricity prices and providing reliability for consumers while leading the way on emissions reductions for years to come.
Voluntary Greenhouse Gas Reduction Commitment
KEC will support the State of Connecticut's compliance with the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. We have made a voluntary commitment to make an 80% reduction in KEC's GHG emission levels by 2050. In addition, we have committed to retiring KEC in 2050 or otherwise operating it with no net greenhouse gas emissions. Our commitment serves as a new paradigm of environmental stewardship for the energy industry. NTE's voluntary reductions will cause KEC to operate less over time, purchase offsets, and advance carbon-free technologies. This assures that, although natural gas power generation has its place as a clean, cost-effective baseload power generation source, the growth of renewable power generation and GHG emission free sources remains the priority in helping create a clean economy for future generations.
"NTE has always been extremely committed to environmental stewardship and renewable power generation," said NTE CEO Seth Shortlidge. "Our decision here is greater than economics, or the current benefits of natural gas power generation. This is about being a leader and challenging other power generators to be even more accountable for today's energy needs and tomorrow's effects on global warming."
Community Environmental Benefit and Tax Stabilization Agreements
Work on the Community Environmental Benefit Agreement (CEBA) and the Tax Stabilization Agreement is moving forward. Under the terms of the CEBA, KEC will provide over $5 million in benefits to Town - which include payments to the Town for use on community improvement projects, a 20-acre conservation easement and security for the future decommissioning of KEC. Under the terms of the Tax Stabilization Agreement, KEC will pay a fixed series of payments totaling $90 million over the 3 year construction period and first 20 years of operation. These payments reflect the Town's best approximation of the projected tax liability of the KEC. In addition, NTE has committed to provide a Property Value Guarantee to the neighbors of KEC. More information on the Property Value Guarantee will be available soon.
Did you know?
Within ISO New England, power generators like KEC produce two products: energy and capacity. Energy is what is produced whenever the project is operating. Capacity is the ability to produce energy. Power generation sources in the region, like KEC, are paid by ISO New England for being available, in other words for capacity. Payment for capacity is a consistent concept throughout the country's electricity systems, with the goal to create reliability, attract new power generation investment, create efficiency within the fleet of power generation sources, and reduce future emissions. In ISO New England, the pricing for this capacity is established every year in the Forward Capacity Auction.
February 1, 2017
We've had an eventful month with Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) hearings, visits with community members, discussions on the Community and Environmental Benefits Agreement, and meetings with the Town. As always, feel free to contact me at (904) 436-6889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings in Killingly
We met with the Williamsvile Fire Department to discuss the project and the benefits that it will bring to the fire district and the community. Thanks to Chief Cooper for giving us a tour of the Williamsville firehouse, which we enjoyed. We've also been in discussions with the Town Manager regarding taxes, the Community Environmental Benefits Agreement and other agreements. Click here to read about his interview with the Norwich Bulletin: http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/20170110/killingly-officials-sketching-tentative-contracts-with-power-plant-company.
Connecticut Siting Council Update
Our team participated in two evidentiary hearings this month on January 10th and 26th. No futher evidentiary hearings are scheduled and the evidentiary record has now been closed. As always, you can access the transcript of the hearing on the CSC docket website here: http://www.ct.gov/csc/cwp/view.asp?a=962&Q=583908&PM=1.
Did you know?
Up to 30%, or approximately 10,000 megawatts of regional coal and oil-fired electricity generation could be gone by 2020 due to facility retirements. Approximately 25% of these retirements will be facilities in Connecticut alone. More clean and efficient power generation facilities, like the Killingly Energy Center, are needed to fill the void left by these retiring facilities. The flexible nature of the project, while helping to fill this void, also improves reliability throughout the region and supports the further development of renewable resources.
JANUARY 3, 2017
We hope everyone had a Happy Holiday Season! It's been our privilege getting to know and work with so many of you throughout 2016, and we are looking forward to our continued relationships in 2017. If you have questions or would like to discuss the Killingly Energy Center, please feel free to contact me at (904) 436-6889 or email@example.com.
Connecticut Siting Council Update
On December 15th, we participated in our third Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) evidentiary hearing. You can access the transcript of the hearing on the CSC docket website here: http://www.ct.gov/csc/cwp/view.asp?a=962&Q=583908&PM=1.
The next evidentiary hearing is to be held on Tuesday, January 10th; it's scheduled for 11:00am at the office of the Council, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, Connecticut, in Hearing Room One.
Community Environmental Benefits
Thanks to everyone who cam eout to present suggestions related to the Community Environmental Benefit Agreement on November 30th. There were a lot of great ideas from community members. We're excited to see how the Town chooses to apply the funds for the benefit of the community.
We submitted the application for our Wastewater Discharge Permit to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on December 19th.
New Content on Website
If you haven't visited our website in a while, make sure to check out some recently published information. We uploaded the Environmental Justice Plan Final Report, and our Wastewater Discharge Permit Application. See our Resources page here: http://killinglyenergycenter.com/resources/.
DecEMBER 1, 2016
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week with family and friends. November was another eventful month, mostly focused around evidentiary hearings with the Connecticut Siting Council. If you have questions about the process or would like to discuss the Killingly Energy Center, please feel free to contact me at (904) 436-6889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut Siting Council Update
The Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) conducted the first evidentiary hearing session on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016. A second evidentiary hearing session was held on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016. Hearing transcripts are available on the Killingly Energy Center Docket website: http://www.ct.gov/csc/cwp/view.asp?a=962&Q=583908&PM=1.
These hearings involve testimony from Killingly Energy Center representatives, and include questions from CSC members as well as parties who have been approved to participate in the process. The next hearing is scheduled for 11:00am on December 15th at the office of the Council, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, Connecticut, in Hearing Room One.
The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) continues their review of the Killingly Energy Center Air Permit Application. As a part of the CT DEEP process, NTE is required to provide its Environmental Justice Plan Final Report (Final Report) to CT DEEP, which summarizes our extensive community outreach activities and implementation of the Killingly Energy Center Environmental Justice Plan. NTE plans to submit the Final Report in early December and it will also be posted on the project website.
As always, if you would like to discuss the project or have questions, my cell phone is (904) 325-5522 and my email is email@example.com - don't hesitate to reach out. Or, feel free to tell us what you think at http://killinglyenergycenter.com/telluswhatyouthink/.
NOVEMBER 1, 2016
October was an eventful month with all activities associated with our Connecticut Siting Council application. The CSC review process is well underway. If you have any questions about the process or would like to discuss the Killingly Energy Center, please feel free to contact me at (904) 436-6889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecticut Siting Council Updates
On October 20, the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) hosted a Public Field Review at the proposed site of the Killingly Energy Center. Council members and community members walked the site with experts from NTE. That evening, the CSC hosted a Public Comment Hearing Session where community members were able to provide input to the CSC and voice their concern for the Project.
The Council will conduct an evidentiary hearing session on Thursday, November 3, 2016, beginning at 11:00 a.m., at the office of the Council, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, Connecticut, in Hearing Room One. The evidentiary hearing, if required, will continue on November 15, 2016, also to be held at the CSC's New Britain offices.
As mentioned in previous Newsletters, our application and related filings from all parties are available for review on the CSC website at http://www.ct.gov/csc/cwp/view.asp?a=962&Q=583908&PM=1.
On October 11th at the Town Council Regular Meeting, NTE presented a summary of economic benefits that the project would provide to the Town of Killingly, including the highlights of its proposed Community Environmental Benefits Agreement. NTE also answered questions from Town Council Members. This presentation is available on our website here.
Additionally, on October 19th, NTE hosted an additional public meeting at KHS. At this meeting, NTE responded to written community questions submitted to the Administrator of the Environmental Justice Program. Once NTE answered these questions, the remainder of the meeting was open to other questions from the audience.
Between Town Commission, Town Council and CSC meetings this month, we realize you're taking valuable time out of your schedule to engage in this project. Thank you for your input and questions. We've enjoyed getting to know many of you and appreciate your feedback. As always, if you would like to discuss the project or have questions, my cell phone is (904) 325-5522 and my email is email@example.com - don't hesitate to reach out. Or, feel free to tell us what you think here.
October 4, 2016
We've had an eventful September attending Town Commission and Council meetings, meeting with community members, touring the wastewater treatment facility and attending the Great Tomato Festival. As always, if you would like to discuss the Killingly Energy Center or ask questions about the project, please contact me at (904)-436-6889 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to set up a meeting.
Connecticut Siting Council Application Process
Our Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) Application (submitted on August 17th) kicked off the CSC's formal project review, which includes opportunities for community input and public participation. We've attended several meetings this month with the Planning and Zoning and Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commissions. These Commissions will provide recommendations to the CSC to consider in their review. We appreciate the time and energy the Commissions are putting into this process.
There are also few upcoming public CSC activities to note. The CSC will conduct a Public Field Review at the project site (189 Lake Rd.) on October 20, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend this site walk. Additionally, the CSC will hold a Public Comment Hearing Session on October 20, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Killingly High School Auditorium, 226 Putnam Pike, Killingly, CT. We look forward to a robust review process and to continuing our engagement with local residents, elected officials and community leaders.
If you are interested in reading our application, a copy can be reviewed at Killingly Town Hall or Public Library, at the CSC's office in New Britain, CT or on-line http://www.ct.gov/csc/cwp/view.asp?a=962&Q=583908&PM=1.
Last week, a few of our team members toured the Killingly wastewater treatment plant to understand the viability of using this source for our limited water needs. Our team is further evaluating this as an alternate option for water supply. Thanks to the Water Pollution Control Authority for taking time to meet with our team.
More Resources Added to Website
Don't forget to check out our website. We've posted more content, including an FAQ that summarizes many of the questions we've heard from the community - http://killinglyenergycenter.com/frequently-asked-questions/. We've also included a Benefits page that helps describe how the Town of Killingly benefits from the Killingly Energy Center - http://killinglyenergycenter.com/benefits/.
You may have received a letter from us this past week, encouraging you to tell us what you think about the Killingly Energy Center. If you haven't had a chance to write us yet, please do so here: http://killinglyenergycenter.com/telluswhatyouthink/
Great Tomato Festival
We had a great time at the Great Tomato Festival on September 10th! My daughter especially enjoyed the bouncy house and endless crafts to community provided. We look forward to continuing sponsoring and participating in great community events like this.
September 1, 2016
We've had another busy month meeting with community members and preparing and submitting our Connecticut Siting Council application.
As always, our team members are in Killingly nearly every week; if you would like to discuss the Killingly Energy Center or ask questions about the project, we would be happy to meet with you. Please contact me at (904) 436-6889 or email@example.com with questions or to set up a meeting.
Connecticut Siting Council Application
We submitted our application to the Siting Council on August 17. As the application demonstrates, we're developing one of the cleanest, most efficient natural gas power generation facilities in North America.
Our project will create important economic benefits and employment opportunities for Killingly and surrounding communities. It will also help to displace dirty coal and oil plants, improving Connecticut’s air quality. This clean and efficient facility will reduce Connecticut electricity costs and improve regional electric reliability. Our application kicks-off the Siting Council's formal project review, which includes numerous opportunities for community input and public participation. This formal review process will include a site visit from the Siting Council and a public hearing, both of which we will announce in upcoming newsletters. We look forward to a robust review process and to continuing our engagement with local residents, elected officials and community leaders.
Our CSC application has been posted online. You can find the application here: http://killinglyenergycenter.com/apps-and-permits
Our team enjoyed sponsoring and attending Killingly's 2nd annual Bike Night, held on August 18th. With over 1,200 motorcycles and 4,000 people, the event brought in riders from all over the region!
We also attended the Northeast Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours networking event and enjoyed meeting with the local business community.
Finally, we're excited to be sponsoring and participating in the annual Killingly Great Tomato Festival on September 10. Hope to see you there!
AUGUST 1, 2016
We've had a busy month finalizing reports, presenting to community members and Town Commissions, as well as engaging in several other meetings with community members.
As always, our team members are in Killingly nearly every week; if you would like to discuss the Killingly Energy Center or ask questions about the project, we would be happy to meet with you and would appreciate your input. Don't hesitate to contact me at (904) 436-6889 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to set up a meeting.
As many of you know, we had two public presentations in July. On July 11th, we held a Public Project Meeting, which was a forum for our team to present the latest project information and to address the community's questions. The second meeting was a Special Joint meeting on July 19th, which was an opportunity for the Town's Inland Wetland & Watercourses and Planning & Zoning Commissions to review the status of the project and ask questions. We appreciate the community's thoughtful questions and discussion during these meetings. There will be more opportunities for public engagement over the next several months.
More Content Posted Online
Don't forget to regularly visit our Resources page. We've posted our recent presentations, our site plan and site arrangement, as well as a few other content pieces over the last few weeks.
As a reminder, you can also reach out to us anytime through our user-friendly "Contact Us" page, located here: http://killinglyenergycenter.com/contactus/
Last month, we met with several community members interested in learning more about the project. From educational institutions to churches, from local residents interested in working at the facility, to community members who may have concerns, we appreciate the engagement of the community. The invitation for you to meet with us is always open.
As discussed at the recent meetings, we are planning to file our Connecticut Siting Council (CSC) Application in early/mid-August. This will begin the 65-day period for the Killingly Planning & Zoning and Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commissions to provide recommendations and comments to the CSC for consideration.
As we finalize the application, we will give public notice of our intent to file in the Norwich Bulletin.
Lastly, on August 18th, we are sponsoring and participating in Killingly's 2nd Annual Bike Night. We hope to see you there!
July 1, 2016
This issue of the Killingly Energy Center Newsletter highlights current project activities and updates to keep community members informed on our progress. Our team members are in Killingly nearly every week and if you would like to discuss the project or ask questions about the Killingly Energy Center, we would be happy to meet with you and would appreciate your input. Don't hesitate to contact me at (904) 436-6889 or email@example.com with questions or to set up a meeting.
Several of our team members have been on the site this past month finalizing studies as part of the Connecticut Siting Council process. From historians to electrical engineers, from ecologists to scientists, we have been working hard to complete a variety of studies for public review and discussion.
Next week, you'll see a new project sign up with NTE contact information. Two additional signs are also posted on the site advertising our upcoming public project meeting on July 11th.
This past month, we've presented to the Killingly Business Association and the Economic Development Commission. We also participated in the Killingly-Brooklyn Rotary Annual Golf Tournament, and are proud to be sponsoring Killingly's Red, White and Blue BBQ on July 1st.
Reports Posted Online
We're happy to announce that project reports are now complete and have been posted on the website. Throughout the past week, the following reports have been posted: Analysis of Need and Economic & Environmental Impacts, Hydrogeologic Water Evaluation, Sound Survey and Analysis Report, Traffic Impact Report, Visual Impact Assessment, and Wetland Report: Existing Conditions. You'll also find our Air Permit Application and Ambient Air Quality Analysis (Attachment L) on the website, as well as other project documents. Please visit the Resources page on our website to find the most up-to-date studies and reports, as well as other project information and background materials: http://killinglyenergycenter.com/resources/. Each of these reports will be highlighted as part of the discussion at the July 11th meeting.
Public Meeting on July 11th
NTE will be hosting a public project meeting on July 11th at 7pm at the Killingly High School Auditorium at 226 Putnam Pike, Killingly, CT 06241. We invite everyone in the community to attend, learn more about the project and ask questions. We'll have a full team of experts on-hand to provide detailed project information.
On July 19th, we'll be participating in a special joint meeting with the Killingly Planning & Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission. This meeting will be held at the Killingly High School Auditorium at 226 Putnam Pike, Killingly, CT 06241 at 7:00pm.
We will submit our Connecticut Siting Council Application later in July, after the meetings on July 11th and 19th. Community members will have an opportunity to provide comments directly to the Connecticut Siting Council as they evaluate our application.
June 7, 2016
Welcome to the inaugural issue of our newsletter!
Our team is excited to share project updates via this periodic newsletter to keep community members up-to-date on our current activities. We are in Killingly nearly every week providing presentations, meeting with community members and groups, and participating in community events. If you would like to discuss or ask questions about the Killingly Energy Center, we would be more than happy to meet with you. Don't hesitate to contact me at (904) 436-6889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Site Activities
We've had several teams on the site this month conducting various studies to support permitting and development work. We recently completed a geotechnical study which examines the soil and geology on the site. Over the next several weeks, our ecologists will be on-site to conduct ecological field surveys to identify any sensitive habitats and wildlife. As with all of our studies, we will make reports on this study publically available at the Killingly Public Library and on our project website once completed, expected to be in July.
You may have recently noticed some traffic monitors near the site. In late May, we conducted a traffic study to understand the current traffic volume and patterns in the vicinity of the site. Our consultants are in the process of preparing a report on any potential effects on traffic which we will make publically available when complete, expected in late June.
We've received a number of questions from the community related to water - water use, sources, volumes, lake levels and many others. We're actively researching water supply options, including the use of an existing wastewater stream to provide at least a portion of our need. We're planning to release a report by the end of June that will provide detailed information on water source, use and volumes.
Also, shortly we will place a large, permanent sign on the property so that anyone driving by knows who to contact with questions or comments.
There are a few upcoming public meetings over the next few weeks that we'd like to tell you about. On July 11, we will be hosting a public project meeting to follow up to our Informal Public Meeting of May 4, 2016. At this project meeting, we intend to share additional project information and respond to further questions from the community. We are excited about having a more detailed discussion at the upcoming project meeting as we expect many of our project-specific studies will be available at that time.
We are also participating in a special joint meeting on July 19 with the Killingly Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission rescheduled from a meeting that was planned for June 27. Both of these meetings will be held at the Killingly High School Auditorium at 226 Putnam Pike, Killingly, CT 06241.