You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

More terms sought for NStar merger

HARTFORD - NRG Energy Inc., backed by organized labor and Montville officials, is seeking a requirement by Connecticut that Northeast Utilities agree to buy power from an alternative energy plant as a condition of the utility’s purchase of Boston-based NStar.

The demand mirrors an agreement in Massachusetts. Hartford-based Northeast Utilities and NStar agreed to buy more than a quarter of the power produced by the Cape Wind offshore wind farm as a condition of the deal.

Continue reading below

NRG said its Montville biomass project would provide up to 40 megawatts of power from wood chips, enough for about 32,000 homes. The company will not build it without a power purchase agreement.

The project also is being promoted as helping meet Connecticut’s goal of having 20 percent of power from renewable resources by 2020.

A spokesman for Northeast Utilities said the project has no connection to the NStar deal, but NU expects Connecticut’s decision will reflect “consideration of all comments.’’

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of