STATE OF CONNECTICUT
BY HIS EXCELLENCY
JOHN G. ROWLAND
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO.
WHEREAS, over the past several years, electric and gas
utilities have undergone significant changes as restructuring of these
industries has been implemented under both state and federal law. This
process has produced many results, including significant consumer benefits.
However, it has also clearly demonstrated the limitations and shortcomings
of the present electric and gas transmission systems. The advent of combined
cycle gas generation, with its significant advantages in efficiency and
low environmental impact, has produced the largest increase in electric
generation construction in modern history. It has also permanently linked
the futures of the two industries.
WHEREAS, the federal government is moving toward the formation
of new regional transmission organizations, which has brought new importance
to the development and maintenance of sufficient interconnection between
electric control areas. This will be necessary to assure the provision
of safe and reliable electric service in each control area. These dynamic
forces have produced many proposals for transmission expansions, both
within Connecticut and between Connecticut and New York.
WHEREAS, southwestern Connecticut represents 7% of New
Englands population and 14% of New Englands electric demand
and is also recognized by federal and regional authorities as the most
transmission-constrained area in New England. This transmission constraint
creates costs that have been spread across electric customers in all six
New England states. However, the advent of new electric market rules by
the first quarter of 2003 will require those costs to be borne by Connecticut
customers alone, thus increasing charges to consumers.
WHEREAS, these conditions demand that we make wise choices
that balance the necessities of sufficient utility resources to provide
safe, reliable service to our people while preserving our environment.
This means that we must examine all proposals regarding increased infrastructure
concurrently, to carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each
proposal in relation to the others. In addition, we must be sure that
we have considered all options, including demand-side management, conservation
and distributed generation, as well as transmission and generation expansion,
before making a decision. We must pursue cost-effective strategies that
resolve our problems without overbuilding or underbuilding, mindful of
the continuing expansion of both gas and electric demand over the near
term. Finally, we must examine the potential of proposed expansions to
mitigate or eliminate the adverse environmental impacts of existing energy
facilities in Connecticut.
NOW THEREFORE, I, John G. Rowland, Governor of the State
of Connecticut, acting by virtue of the authority vested in me by the
Constitution and by the Statutes of this State and in the spirit of cooperation
and bipartisanship demanded by the importance of the matter, do hereby,
ORDER AND DIRECT:
shall be a task force to undertake a review and analysis of all
pending proposals for permanent large-scale gas or electric transmission
projects, including all proposals for projects crossing Long Island
Sound and electric transmission proposal in southwestern Connecticut.
For the purposes of this order the term Long Island Sound shall
not include its harbors, embayments, tidal rivers, streams and creeks.
and analysis shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
- An evaluation of methods to minimize the numbers
and impacts of energy crossings within Long Island Sound
- Recommendations for providing for regional
energy needs while protecting Long Island Sound;
- An assessment of the present status, future
potential, and environmental impacts of proposed methods for
laying of a power line, pipeline or cable;
- An identification of possible measures that
may be taken to mitigate environmental impacts and maintain
the aesthetic integrity of regions in Connecticut where it has
been determined transmission must be sited.
The task force shall consist of:
a. Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy
b. Secretary of Office of Policy and Management
c. Chairman, Public Utilities Control Authority
d. Chairman, Connecticut Siting Council
e. Commissioner of Environmental Protection
f. Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture
g. Representative of the Independent System Operator of New England
h. Representative from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
||The Task Force
shall be chaired by the Chairman of the Public Utilities Control
Authority and the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and shall
operate within the Institute for Sustainable Energy for administrative
purposes. The Task Force shall report its recommendations to the
Governor not later than January 1, 2003.
of this task force will notify the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
of the adoption of this Executive Order and shall request that the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission not approve any future or pending
projects in Connecticut or between Connecticut and any adjoining
states until the task force has submitted its report in January
the necessary time for a fair and thorough evaluation, agencies
of the executive branch shall review projects properly before them,
however, they are directed not to make final determinations under
their authorities with respect to construction of large-scale gas
or electric transmission expansion projects insofar as permitted
by law until January 15, 2003.
or gas pipeline proposal for which a final determination has been
held in abeyance pursuant to this Executive Order shall receive
an expedited determination by such agency after submission of the
the additional environmental damage which will result from the failure
to replace the existing leaking cross-sound electric transmission
cable, the provisions of this Executive Order shall not apply to
order shall take effect immediately.
Dated in Hartford, Connecticut, this 12th day
of April 2002.
His Excellency's Command
SUSAN BYSIEWICZ, Secretary of the State