AARP Connecticut, the state’s largest consumer advocacy organization representing nearly 600,000 members in Connecticut, released the following statement from John Erlingheuser, state advocacy director, regarding Governor Dannel P. Malloy signing Senate Bill 1501, An Act Concerning Zero Carbon Procurement, which was approved last week by the Connecticut General Assembly.

“AARP is disappointed Governor Malloy signed the Millstone Bill (SB1501), especially in light of Dominion’s refusal to confidentially provide regulators with the vital information concerning their financial health, which is the impetus for this bill and the Governor’s Executive Order 59. We do agree with the Governor, DEEP and PURA that Millstone is expected to be highly profitable through 2035 based on publically available data. Therefore these processes must conclude that Dominion does not require electric ratepayers to provide financial support that could cost in excess of $300 million annually. AARP will work to ensure, absent disclosure by Millstone, that Connecticut ratepayers not be subjected to any special deal for the plant.”