Nuclear plants around the country have closed or have been earmarked for closing in recent years as they become prohibitively costly to run. Vermont Yankee, closed in 2014, and Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts, set to close in 2019, are the most recent examples in New England.
Those closings will leave Millstone and New Hampshire’s Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant as the region’s only nuclear power facilities.
If Millstone were to close, Connecticut residents would see electric rates jump, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Katie Dykes says. “It’s a sure bet there would be a significant increase in rates,” she says.