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Connecticut joins no-more-coal coalition

Hartford Courant:

Connecticut will join an international coalition dedicated to ending reliance on traditional coal-fired power plants, Gov. Daniel P. Malloy announced at a San Francisco conference Thursday.

The only remaining coal-burning power plant in Connecticut is the Bridgeport Harbor Station. That plant is already scheduled to be shut down by 2021 and be replaced with a new, less-polluting natural gas facility.

But Malloy said joining other U.S. states and businesses on the “Powering Past Coal Alliance,” includes a commitment by Connecticut not to allow construction of any new coal-powered plants.

“Climate change is the most significant global threat in our lifetime,” Malloy said in a statement issued at a meeting of the U.S. Climate Alliance. “We have seen its impacts firsthand this summer from wildfires in California to the powerful Hurricane Florence on the East Coast.”

The Bridgeport Harbor Station plant is one of the last coal-fired generating facilities in New England. The massive plant has been a major target for environmental and minority community activists. The plant is owned by PSEG Power Connecticut LLC, a subsidiary of one of the largest electricity producers in the U.S.

The natural gas replacement for the Bridgeport Harbor Station plant is expected to be in operation next year. Plans call for it to be capable of producing 485 megawatts of electricity, according to company officials.

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