Decommissioning of bankrupt AES Thames power plant after 22 years in operation 'devastating' for Montville, Connecticut, mayor says; process expected to be completed in 16 months

MONTVILLE, Connecticut , December 13, 2011 () – Montville's mayor says a local power plant is shutting and will be demolished, eliminating more than $1 million in tax revenue and leaving about 40 workers without jobs.

The Day of New London and Norwich Bulletin report that Mayor Ronald McDaniel announced on Monday the shutdown of AES Thames after 22 years in operation. He called it devastating for the town.

The coal-fired plant was sold last week to a subsidiary of BTU Solutions, a company that demolishes power plants. AES Thames, which previously was owned by the Arlington, Va.-based AES Corp., filed for bankruptcy in February.

McDaniel says decommissioning the plant, which sold electricity to Connecticut Light & Power, is expected to be completed within 16 months.

An AES Thames spokesman declined to comment to The Day.

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