Wind power should be in Millstone's future
When the 10-year deal Connecticut made with Millstone Power Station and its owner, Dominion Energy, expires, what can we do to make up the energy production lost? Wind energy may be the best answer for new electricity generation along the coast. If Connecticut can agree to put up new wind turbines around the same area, we can get a piece of the estimated $20 billion economic impact wind energy has had across America. This figure came from Energy.gov in 2016 and will only increase in the future. The website also notes turbines and wind energy have created over 100,000 jobs within the past few years, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the country, with the added bonus of being a reusable source of energy.
For Connecticut, this could be especially beneficial. A former coal-burning power plant in Somerset has recently gone to green energy and proposed a federal application to send a single transmission line throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island for wind energy.
Doing a similar conversion at Millstone would replace the hole left by the nuclear power plant and would be cost efficient.