The conflict in Ukraine, and the resulting spikes in crude oil prices, have renewed focus on what we depend on to generate electricity in our state.
NBC Connecticut Investigates looked at some federal data that shows what’s being used here, and you might be surprised at what we learned.
Without a doubt, the place that produces the most juice in our state is the Millstone nuclear power station in Waterford. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in 2020, “it generated 38% of Connecticut’s electricity”.
The dominant fuel we use to keep the lights on, however, has become natural gas.
The EIA said natural gas powered 56% of Connecticut’s net electricity generation, more than double from a decade earlier.
Seeing solar panels sprouting up all over Connecticut might make you think it’s a great source of energy, but, at least for now, solar creates just over 2% of the state’s electricity. , passing in front of the biomass power plants, which use organic fibers. and waste for fuel.
Hydroelectric power generated about 1% of the state’s electricity, and small amounts of oil, wind, and coal provided the rest.
Although oil is not used as much to generate electricity on a continuous basis in our state, it can be used quite a bit during peak periods with the plants coming on line at that time.