Archive for February 2010

Roger Smith of Clean Water Action encouraging voters to testify for solar

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

Roger Smith’s latest e-mail tells how the 2010 legislative session gives us the opportunity to advance the use of solar power in Connecticut to create jobs, cut pollution and stabilize electricity costs. House Bill 5362, AN ACT CONCERNING RENEWABLE ENERGY would make it feasible to install enough solar to power the equivalent of 100,000 homes

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A Lot More Than Roads To TIGER Funding – Courant.com

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

Nicknaming a federal grant-in-aid program TIGER may seem an anomaly: Federal disbursements, normally loaded with rules, regulations and complexity, rarely get called bold or ferocious. But the government’s historic knee-jerk preference for roads gets a nip — maybe a deep bite — in the Transportation Department’s just-announced $1.5 billion in grants to states and cities

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Landmark To Be History – Courant.com

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

HADDAM – The old Kruger barn, part of Haddam Neck’s landscape since the 19th century, will soon be just a memory. The graying barn — once painted white and topped with two cupolas — is being disassembled. Its owners hope that it will be sold piecemeal to people who want to reuse its prized chestnut

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Dow Chemical reaping windfall, expanding alternative energy reach | – MLive.com

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

Dow Chemical Co. is expanding its renewable and alternative energy reach today as the state is expected to award the Midland-based company more than $108 million in business tax credits and grants. The company is entering into new territory with a $5 million Center of Energy Excellence Program grant to establish a center focused on

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Denville hosts state’s first bicycle summit | dailyrecord.com | Daily Record

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

DENVILLE — Bicycle-friendly communities are few and far in between in New Jersey, but a Ramsey-based bicycling advocate group is pushing for reforms in communities statewide to ensure both drivers and cyclists can safely share the roads. Enacting those changes through education and legislation was the theme of the first Bicycle Summit in New Jersey,

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Which comes first, hydrogen fuel, or cars that need it? – Fosters

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

It’s a chicken-or-egg scenario when it comes to emerging fuel-cell technology allowing automobiles to be powered by hydrogen and emit little more than a trickle of water from the tailpipe. Manufacturers need to commit funds to mass-producing the vehicles, but hydrogen fueling stations to fill those vehicles also are needed. Wallingford, Conn.-based Proton Energy Systems

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National Hydrogen Association Annual Hydrogen Conference May 3-6 Long Beach

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

The exposition at the 2010 NHA Hydrogen Conference & Expo, to be held May 3 – 6, at the Long Beach Convention Center, is projected to be 10 to 20 percent larger compared to the 2009 event, according to Bruce Cole, Expo Manager for the National Hydrogen Association (NHA). By mid-February exhibit sales had equaled

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Avery Point professor using SeaGrant to study nanoparticles

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

Groton – Nanoparticles – minute, man-made substances used in hundreds of consumer products – are being released into the environment with little understanding of the effect they may be having on plants, animals and people. via Avery Point professor using SeaGrant to study nanoparticles | The Day.



Waterbury’s first tree-climbing competition attracts 24 climbers

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

WATERBURY — Historic Fulton Park will be the setting for the city’s first tree-climbing competition in April.  The event, hosted by the Connecticut Tree Protective Association of Northford, will pit 24 experienced tree climbers against one another to go onto the New England competition in June. via 24 climbers will be taking to the trees

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Connecticut Innovations balks at possible merger

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

Two bills would merge CI and the Connecticut Development Authority into a new, quasi-public authority, called the Connecticut Economic Innovations Authority. While the new authority would have many of the same powers and purposes of CI, its mission would not be as focused on the technology economy and venture investing. via Connecticut Innovations balks at

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After Plea, High-End Builder Awaits His Fate – NYTimes.com

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

The recipient of various awards from the Home Builders Association of Connecticut, Richard R. Girouard maintained a competitive edge by running an efficient operation, said Doug Milne, an agent with Kelly Associates in Darien. These days, however, Girouard, 55, has been forced to contemplate a different calculation: the number of years he could spend in

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CTEHxclusive: More alternative fuels to come out of Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project had the kick off meeting Feb. 17, 2010, in Hartford. The Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, Inc. (GNHCCC), together with over 30 partner organizations will develop and implement a state-wide, fuel-neutral effort that will deploy 183 alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) through incremental funding and provide fueling capability

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Commission seeks comments on draft open space map

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

An updated draft open space map is now available online as part of the town Conservation Commission’s effort to help residents understand New Canaan’s current inventory and uses of open space, and to collect feedback. via Commission seeks comments on draft open space map | NCAdvertiser.



Bring Tolls Back To State’s Highways – Courant.com

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

State Rep. Tony Guerrera, D- Rocky Hill, is the latest among Connecticut lawmakers to propose restoring tolls to finance the repair and maintanance of the state’s aging highway infrastructure. We agree with Mr. Guerrera that a new revenue stream to help solve Connecticut’s woeful transportation problems is desperately needed. via Bring Tolls Back To State’s

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Attorney General Urges Scrutiny When Companies Claim That Electricity Comes From Renewable Energy Sources

Feb 28th, 2010 | By

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has urged the state Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) to investigate the validity of claims by electric suppliers and generators about their reliance on renewable energy sources. State law currently requires all electric suppliers and distributors — utilities and private retailers — to purchase a minimum percentage of renewable energy

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Plan to create transportation center running out of steam

Feb 27th, 2010 | By

WATERBURY — A plan to centralize the city’s bus, rail and taxi operations by building an intermodal transportation center on Meadow Street has been condemned by the state and largely scrapped. via Plan to create transportation center running out of steam | The Republican-American.



New Milford well relocation stalled by DOT – NewsTimes

Feb 27th, 2010 | By

BROOKFIELD — Relocating a well in New Milford would make more than 2 million gallons of potable water available to Brookfield residents. However, the Connecticut Department of Transportation is not giving the water company that owns the well the permits it needs to move it. via New Milford well relocation stalled by DOT – NewsTimes.



State agency supports biomass plan

Feb 27th, 2010 | By

Montville – A state authority has determined that a plan for Montville Power LLC to convert one of its generation units into a biomass system will not have a negative environmental effect.  The Connecticut Siting Council approved the request for a declaratory ruling submitted by the energy station’s parent company, NRG Energy Inc. of New

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Governor Rell Announces Online System for Reporting, Monitoring Vital Clean Air Data

Feb 27th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced that the state Department of Environmental Protection is launching a new, state-of-the-art online system for power plants, factories and other facilities to report their emissions data electronically. “This new system is a perfect example of how we can put the power of technology to work to improving the quality of

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Show your love for CT Environmental Headlines

Feb 27th, 2010 | By

The New Haven Register is looking for a few great blogs that need more readers or that deserve more exposure. They’re looking for a few local bloggers to feature on their Web site, newhavenregister.com. Write managing editor Mark Brackenbury at mbrackenbury@newhavenregister.com, and tell him why your favorite blog would make a great addition to their

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