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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Farrell Seeks Energy Plan Delay

Westport First Selectwoman Diane G. Farrell has written to Connecticut’s congressional delegation seeking a delay in implementation of what opponents say will be a costly energy plan for southwest Connecticut, it was announced today.

In a letter released by Farrell’s office, the Westport official called on delegation members to support legislation which would delay for two years a two-zone energy pricing scheme the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) plans to impose on Connecticut and all New England states.

“The Locational Installed Capacity Market Proposal (LICAP), proposed by FERC, is ill-conceived,” Farrell said.

Earlier this month, Rep. Christopher Shays said he had written to Rep. Joe Baron, chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, to request a one-year delay of LICAP.

He said the plan could result in the average Connecticut customer’s electric bill increasing between 21 and 24 percent over the next five years—the largest rate increase in the history of New England.

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Posted 07/28/05 at 08:07 PM  Permalink



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