Expansion of private power plant could increase Wallingford’s tax revenue by over $1 million

Expansion of private power plant could increase Wallingford’s tax revenue by over $1 million


WALLINGFORD — The proposed addition of two generating units at a privately owned power plant could increase the town’s tax revenue by over $1 million.

Wallingford Energy already has five generating units located on 8.5 acres on John Street that the company leases from the town. Town Assessor Shelby Jackson said the five units generate about $1.3 million annually in personal property tax revenue for the town. The addition of two more units will generate $1.2 million more in annual tax revenue, Jackson said.

While the town’s Electric Division isn’t affiliated with the power plant, the town has worked closely with Wallingford Energy in planning for the new generators, Public Utilities Director George Adair said. Wallingford Energy is funding the entire project.

Wallingford Energy submitted development and management plans to the Connecticut Siting Council on Sept. 9, according to Melanie Bachman, the council’s executive director.

The generators, each of which will produce about 50 megawatts, will contribute electricity to ISO New England, a nonprofit power grid operator that centrally dispatches over 30,000 megawatts of energy annually to the New England region.

The two new generators are described as “quick-start” generators with the capability to achieve full load output within 10 minutes. Standard generators generally take hours to reach full output. The new generators will provide quick-start capacity to southwest Connecticut, a congested area in the New England electrical system.

The generators can act as reserve sources during high-demand periods, Bachman said.

The Siting Council will review the proposed development and management plan at meetings Oct. 13 and 27, Bachman said.

If plans are approved, construction is expected to begin next spring. The power plant is located in an industrial zone. There is a residential area east of the power plant across East Street. As part of the project, Wallingford Energy plans to build berms and put in plantings to screen nearby residents’ view of the power plant.

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