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Connecticut PURA approves biomass power plant as Class I renewable

May 21st, 2014 | By

Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority approved on Tuesday a New Hampshire-based, 75-MW biomass power plant as eligible to generate Class I renewable energy certificates.



Massachusetts DEP fines Connecticut company for improper expansion of Williamsburg gravel pit near Mill River

May 16th, 2014 | By

The DEP initially ordered Hull Forestlands LC of Pomfret Center, Conn., to pay $24,000 in fines but agreed to suspend $10,200 once the company completes a restoration plan to repair damage done at the site, according to a statement issued by the state agency. Under the Wetlands Protection Act, no excavation can take place within

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UI getting 2 new fuel cell power plants in Connecticut

May 2nd, 2014 | By

The United Illuminating Co. has selected FuelCell Energy two build a pair of 2.8 megawatt fuel cell power plants for the utility.



FuelCell Energy power plant to provide 80% of UB campus energy needs

May 2nd, 2014 | By

A 1.4 megawatt fuel cell power plant at the University of Bridgeport will supply approximately 80 percent of the power needs on campus.



ClearEdge may file for bankruptcy

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

South Windsor Town Manager Matthew B. Galligan has said fuel-cell manufacturer ClearEdge Power may file for bankruptcy, the Hartford Business Journal reports.



Catholic sisters aim to purify Big Oil shale drilling

Apr 27th, 2014 | By

“How can you say the operations are sustainable if you don’t know where the water is going, how many chemicals are being used and eventually what’s happening with the waste water?” An order of nuns in Philadelphia are taking on Chevron.



GE Plans to Invest $1 Billion Annual on Solar, Wind Farms

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

General Electric Co.’s Energy Financial Services unit plans to invest more than $1 billion a year on renewable-power projects.



CL&P launches Home Energy Reports program

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

Beginning this week, more than 340,000 Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) customers will be automatically enrolled in a new, free energy-saving service called Home Energy Reports, an Energize Connecticut initiative.



Op-ed: For CT business leaders, every day is Earth Day

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his new Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee recognize that investing in energy efficiency is not only good for individual Connecticut businesses, it boosts economic growth for the state. Indeed, energy efficiency can be considered an economic driver. A 2009 economic analysis by Environment Northeast concluded that $1 invested in

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FuelCell Energy awarded $3M from energy department

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

According to a news release, “This project will enhance the performance, increase the lifespan, and decrease the cost of stationary fuel cells being used for distributed generation and combined heat and power applications.”



Steel Point Redevelopment Nears Launch in Bridgeport

Apr 8th, 2014 | By
A 1936 photo of the site where the Steelpointe Harbor redevelopment is planned. Building is expected to begin this summer on the area's first anchor, a 150,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops. (photo: Bridgeport History Center, Bridgeport Public Library)

Bridgeport officials now say the fortunes of Steel Point will turn this summer when building begins on the area’s first anchor, a 150,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops, which sells boats and outdoor supplies.



Dominion expands solar footprint

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

Dominion Virginia Power, which currently has 41 MW of solar energy at sites in Georgia, Connecticut and Indiana, will acquire six solar development projects located in California’s Fresno, Kern and Kings counties from developer Recurrent Energy.



NRG to buy Dominion

Mar 12th, 2014 | By

New Jersey-based NRG Energy has reached an agreement to buy the third largest alternative electricity supplier in Connecticut by the end of the month.



The Hartford wins EPA climate change award

Mar 12th, 2014 | By
The Hartford's 133-acre campus in Simsbury, which the company is trying to sell. (contributed)

The Hartford Financial Services Group won a Climate Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, the only Connecticut company to receive the honor.



Connecticut bill would reduce liability for maple tree owners

Mar 10th, 2014 | By

State Rep. Craig Miner (R-Litchfield) spoke out for a proposal creating a more business-friendly environment for the expansive maple sugar industry in Connecticut in front of the state Judiciary Committee Wednesday.



Covanta Announces First Organics Recycling Agreement in Connecticut With Lake Compounce Theme Park

Mar 5th, 2014 | By

As part of the three-year agreement, organic waste from Lake Compounce will be processed at a new organics recycling facility to be built by Turning Earth in Central Connecticut. Covanta will provide education and training for Lake Compounce employees in the proper methods for source-separating organics.



State Celebrates Successful First Year of Commercial Clean Energy Financing Program

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

Connecticut’s “Green Bank,” the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, says it has celebrated the successful first year of its nationally-recognized Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy, or C-PACE program. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from CEFIA.



UTC to Invest Billions in Research and Facilities, Build New Pratt Headquarters

Feb 27th, 2014 | By
United Technologies has announced billions of dollars in UTC research and development, and facilities and capital expenditures around the state over the next five years.

The announcement $500 million in aerospace research, development and manufacturing and up to $4 billion in research and other capital expenditures in Connecticut, according to Malloy, who met with CEO Louis Chenevert to discuss the agreement.



Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Recognized for Commitment to Energy Efficiency

Feb 14th, 2014 | By
Bob Will, Facilities Manager at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; Marty Gavin, President/CEO of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Ron Araujo, Manager of Conservation & Load Management program implementation at CL&P. (contributed)

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center has been recognized by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board for the installation of new energy efficient equipment. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center officials received a special plaque during a ceremony, held at the hospital’s Hartford campus, celebrating completion of the energy-saving upgrades.



CT’s Beardsley Zoo receives accreditation

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums has announced that Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. Fewer than 10 percent of the approximately 2,800 animal exhibitors licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture are AZA-accredited. Currently, there are only 223 AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.