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Canton to Operate Collinsville Dams, Generate Energy for CT

The Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act was signed into law.

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Two long-inoperative dams in Canton will provide power again, after the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act was signed into law.

State and local officials announced the project's progression Tuesday morning at the Farmington River, according to the Hartford Courant. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and First Selectman Richard Barlow praised the potential of the dams.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced the bill, which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 379 to 3, according to a news release. The Courant reported President Barack Obama signed the bill into law recently.

The law will allow Canton to operate the upper and lower Collinsville dams, which may produce about two megawatts of power, according to the release. The dams were built to power the Collins Company, which made axes until it closed in the 1960s.

Read more about the dams from the Hartford Courant, and check out Patch's previous coverage of the bill.

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