Governor Malloy’s heedless budget cuts to struggling community hospitals were reversed, but hundreds of millions of dollars are still being cut from the state budget, and some of Connecticut’s most vulnerable residents will be effected. Meanwhile, the state energy policy promotes the expansion of shale, or “natural” gas pipeline and other infrastructure like gas power plants, all across the state, and subsidizes this expansion with money from electricity customers, in yet another example of plunder of the public trust.
At a recent conference in West Hartford on climate change, energy expert and consultant Joel Gordes pointed out that energy predictions made by Independent System Operators-New England (ISO-NE), administrator of the electrical grid, are flawed. “The amount of power actually needed was much less than ISO-NE predicted,” according to Mr. Gordes, who cites the research of Bill Dornbos of the Acadia Center on resource procurement. “We should be moving toward a more decentralized system, with smaller plants built closer to point of use, and shorter transmission lines. This would increase the safety, security and resilience of the grid, but the electric distribution companies are holding on to the old business model.”