Posts Tagged ‘ energy ’

CT lacks power in burgeoning wind industry

Jun 24th, 2014 | By

Wind power will play an increasing role in the U.S., likely supplying more than a third of the nation’s energy needs by 2050, according to a new analysis being readied by the federal Department of Energy, but Connecticut isn’t likely to be a major industry player. Click for more from the Hartford Business Journal.

CT waste future leaves trash-to-energy in dust

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By

The burning of the Nutmeg State’s garbage for electricity likely will continue in some form as environmental officials develop a plan for future waste disposal, but the days where two-thirds of Connecticut’s trash gets sent to six trash-to-energy plants throughout the state are fading away. For more on this story, visit: CT waste future leaves

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Why you only get 25% of the electricity you pay for

May 29th, 2014 | By

By Ronny Sandoval What would you say if I told you that about three-quarters of what you spend on electricity every month is wasted? Considering that Americans spend about $350 billion on electricity annually, I hope you’ll find this as shocking as I do. From generation to delivery to consumption, inefficiencies at every step of electricity’s journey

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Connecticut Buys Fake ‘Clean’ Energy from New Hampshire Biomass Incinerator

May 22nd, 2014 | By

[Other than ignoring all health and environmental impacts of biomass incineration, this article falsely claims that the Burgess BioPower incinerator in New Hampshire can operate at 90% efficiency, while in reality biomass power incinerators operate at 20-25% efficiency. -Ed.] – by Geoffrey Craig and Derek Sands, Platts Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority approved on Tuesday

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$2.1M savings: Education officials schooled in solar energy benefits

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

If solar panels were installed on the roofs of the town’s schools, the district could save approximately $2.1 million in electric costs over 20 years. That was the crux of a presentation recently by the town’s Green Task Force to the Board of Education, which met at Staples High School. For more on this story, visit: $2.1M

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Environmental leaders very disappointed with Connecticut energy legislation (update)

Jun 4th, 2013 | By

The budget proposal passed by both the House and the Senate includes plans to steal millions from state clean energy funds, including $30.4 million from the Clean Energy Financing and Investment Authority and $5 million from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative account. “Generations of smart New England farmers have known that in times of crisis, like famine and drought,” said Seth Kaplan, Vice President for Policy and Climate Advocacy, Conservation Law Foundation, “the last thing (literally) you should do is eat your seeds. It is a desperate acknowledgement that you have completely given up on the future.” Click on this Environmental Headline for more from CTLCV and other environmental groups.

Next-Gen Transportation: Connecticut Aiming for Transportation Fuel Diversity

Feb 21st, 2013 | By

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy unveiled his administration’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy this week, and a substantial portion of that plan is focused on supporting the expansion of alternative fuel vehicles in the state. For more on this story, visit: NGT News – Next-Gen Transportation: Connecticut Aiming for Transportation Fuel Diversity.

The New Green: What should power Connecticut? | UConn Daily Campus

Oct 13th, 2012 | By

Energy use is an inevitable fact for all forms of life, and it is a fundamental concern for human societies. The uncertainty surrounding climate change and the earth’s dwindling natural resources make energy-use planning an especially complicated task. As always, it is best to tackle these seemingly impossible problems by breaking them down into manageable

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Stamford Advocate editorial: New energy strategy has promise for state

Oct 11th, 2012 | By

The governor’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy for Connecticut aims to increase conservation and efficiency, always welcome goals. But the real meat of his plan is to convert up to 300,000 households and 75 percent of businesses from oil to natural gas by 2020. That ambitious idea has stirred up environmentalists, who point out the potential risks

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Region biomass plants gel with Malloy’s new energy policy – Norwich, CT – The Bulletin

Oct 6th, 2012 | By

By JAMES MOSHER Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled an energy policy on Friday that promotes increased use of natural gas and improved energy efficiency, and local interests say they fit in. Business executives and elected leaders connected with two Eastern Connecticut wood-burning power plant projects said their plans will help the state meet its renewable

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Canton To Apply For ‘Solarize Connecticut’ Pilot Program

Jun 15th, 2012 | By

It may be easier for residents to purchase or lease solar panels in the future, if the town is chosen as a pilot community for the Solarize Connecticut program. The board of selectmen on Wednesday authorized the chief administrative officer to apply for the program, contingent on approval by the town’s energy committee. For more

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Mohegan Commons sees big savings with natural gas heat

Jun 1st, 2012 | By

Norwich — Four months after hooking into an extended Norwich Public Utilities natural gas line, the Mohegan Commons affordable housing apartment complex has seen nearly half of the expected annual savings for heat and hot water, officials said Thursday. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Mohegan Commons sees big savings with natural

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Fairfield Students Win Awards for Energy Ideas

May 31st, 2012 | By

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Three Fairfield students were honored as eco-friendly thinkers recently. Izzy Roth, Michael McMahon and Karina McMahon placed in the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund’s “eesmarts” student essay contest. “The eesmarts statewide initiative for students K-12 plays an important part in building greater awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and in stimulating the

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Leader to address ‘dysfunction’ on energy committee

May 31st, 2012 | By

At least four major components of the omnibus energy bill that never made it to the floor of either chamber of the General Assembly in the just-completed annual legislative session are likely to make their way into the special session in two weeks. While the move is expected to rectify some key issues — in

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Washington’s roadblocks to clean energy

May 28th, 2012 | By

…. Progressive subsidy reform will not by itself be sufficient to avert a potential “cleantech crash.” Also necessary will be steadier federal engagement in technology development combined with enhanced support for state and regional programs that have proven instrumental in building New England’s impressive cleantech clusters. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, for example, runs effective

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Connecticut Governor, Attorney General announce NU/NStar agreement; Open Space Preserved

Mar 13th, 2012 | By

Connecticut Fund for the Environment, an environmental non-profit that works to preserve air, land, and water quality in the state, is pleased with the agreement reached for the NU-NSTAR merger.

Don Strait, executive director of CFE said “the agreement appears to address our concerns regarding the acres of open space currently owned by NU by transferring some of the most precious parcels into a land trust. It also extends the Memorandum of Understanding for another 10 years, protecting the 8,500 acres of open space from sale for development.” Click on this environmental headline for more on this story.

New England agenda: Tax code, jobs, energy | James T. Brett via Hartford Business

Feb 12th, 2012 | By

Over the past several years, our region and our nation have faced great economic challenges. We are fortunate here in New England to have weathered this period with less James T. Brettcollateral damage than other parts of the country. Our overall regional unemployment rate continues to be below the national average, and there are many

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The “Full” Story on Natural Gas Exports (update) | Brookings Institution

Jan 25th, 2012 | By

I don’t like to use quotes to draw attention to words unnecessarily, but a colleague pointed out that the Brookings Institution may be “bypassing” environmental concerns in its opinion on natural gas exports. The debate on the prospect of natural gas exports from the United States will only become louder this year. In addition to

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The Power Of A Grass-Roots Grid: Rewire Connecticut’s electrical system

Dec 18th, 2011 | By

By thinking more broadly and strategically, Connecticut could turn its view forward instead of backward and become a trailblazer in how power is created and distributed while driving new job creation.

Can Connecticut lead the way in energy conservation?

Oct 26th, 2011 | By

Connecticut has the opportunity to become the leader in energy conservation in the United States, but there is still much to do. For those in the northwest corner of the state, the opportunity has made itself quite relevant. The Litchfield News reports.