To the editor,
According to an exhibit recently submitted to the Siting Council by Competitive Power Ventures, $34.12 a year off of our electric bills will be what Connecticut residents will receive as a savings if the proposed CPV Towantic Energy Center is built — $34.12 a year.
For that savings in our electric bill CPV puts thousands of us, near this plant, at risk.
Andrew Bazinet, director of development at CPV, has said that on its own Connecticut has a surplus of electricity capacity. So as CPV has admitted, supplying power to other states in this region, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, is going to save those within a 10 mile radius of this plant $34.12 yearly.
$34.12 a year. If you support this plant to save on your electric bill, as some have written, is it worth it? That’s almost a tank of gas once a year. One trip a year to the movies with popcorn and soda.
Is $34.12 a year worth you and your family’s health? Is it worth polluting our environment? Is it worth the ecological damage that it will create? Is it worth the reputation of this area as being quaint and rural? Is it worth the risk to air traffic safety? Is it worth having this huge plant and its emissions dominate our landscape? Is it worth the risk of our homes being devalued? Is it worth the risk getting labeled as a heavily industrialized area?
I’ll give CPV $34.12 just to go away.