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Tri-State, LARD purchase Bridgeport Biodiesel; upgrades planned

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

New York City-based Tri-State Biodiesel and its parent company, The Sustainable Biodiesel Company, have partnered with New Jersey-based Lard-NABF LLC (LARD) to purchase and upgrade the Connecticut-based biodiesel production business, Bridgeport Biodiesel. TSBC subsidiary Connecticut Biofuels will be headquartered at the Bridgeport Biodiesel site. Connecticut Biofuels is Connecticut’s longest running in-state cooking oil recycler. This will allow for locally sourced cooking oil to supply the Bridgeport plant.



Polamer in Newington awarded energy program contract

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

Polamer Precision, an aerospace manufacturing firm based in Newington, has been awarded a 15-year energy program contract in the latest round of Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit auctions.



Fuel cell technology: has its moment finally arrived?

Nov 8th, 2013 | By

Peter Kelly-Detwiler interviewed Chip Bottone, the President and CEO of Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy, for Forbes. FuelCell Energy operates 50 fuel cell power plants in nine different countries across the world, including one that will power Al Gore’s new headquarters in London. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



Bridgeport, UI propose 5MW solar-fuel cell project

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

Orange electric utility United Illuminating and the city of Bridgeport are proposing a 50-acre, five-megawatt renewable energy park on the city’s former landfill site.



The ShowerSaver: Save Water, Save Money, Save the Planet

Nov 5th, 2013 | By

The ShowerSaver is the first device ever created to let you know how long you have been in the shower and how many gallons of water you’ve used, allowing you to make the green decision every time you shower.



Covanta Energy and Turning Earth partnership to provide organics recycling to Connecticut towns and businesses

Nov 1st, 2013 | By

Covanta Energy Corporation and Turning Earth have announced a new partnership to provide organics recycling to Connecticut municipalities and businesses. The 10-year agreement calls for Turning Earth to build, own and operate an integrated organics recycling facility in central Connecticut to which Covanta will divert organic waste for beneficial reuse in partnership with municipalities and commercial customers.



All-Star Transportation recognized for greening fleet

Oct 30th, 2013 | By
John Dufour, President and Leslie Sheldon, Operations Manager

All-Star Transportation is the largest privately-held school bus company operating solely in Connecticut, providing school bus transportation services to 30 communities in Litchfield, New Haven, Hartford and upper Fairfield Counties.



SolarCity & South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority Break Ground on Major Solar Project

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

SolarCity and the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority have begun work on a 1-megawatt solar system for the South Central Regional Water Authority in Hamden, CT. The ground-mounted solar system is expected to include more than 4,000 solar panels–making it one of the largest in the state.



FuelCell Energy to develop biogas-fueled project in California

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

Danbury-based FuelCell Energy Inc. announced two updates to the development and commercialization of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology, which included a $6.4 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. DOE and a SOFC power plant preparing for operation at a California dairy farm.



Dominion Acquires Solar Project in North-Central Connecticut

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

The Somers Solar Center will use Kyocera Solar, Inc.’s, photovoltaic technology to produce enough electricity to supply nearly 1,400 homes. The electricity will go to Connecticut Light & Power Co. under a 20-year purchased-power agreement.



Foreclosure sale imminent for Plainfield biomass

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

Once construction is complete, Connecticut Light & Power will buy electricity from the Plainfield plant, starting under a 15-year contract. The biomass will allow CL&P to meet the renewable energy goals set by the state.



Electrical workers union seeks to unionize Millstone as nuclear plant urges workers to resist

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s only nuclear power plant and an electrical workers union are facing off over a union organizing drive.



Maine Wind Developer Awarded Connecticut Contract Releases Site Plans

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

FuelCell Energy in Danbury and Allco Renewables in New York — both companies that submitted unsuccessful bids — have criticized the state’s choice on the grounds that the wind farm project apparently lacked control of the land for the development, a crucial requirement to win the contract. The DEEP said the project met the threshold for site control and called the companies’ concerns a misreading of the project requirements.



GE Brilliant Wind Turbines + PowerUp = Big Clean Energy Win

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

Wind power is already extremely cheap — the cheapest option for new electricity in many if not most regions of the world. It is also extremely effective at reducing CO2 emissions and other pollution. But it’s still something like a “teenager” or “young adult” in its development. There’s room for improvement. In the following interview

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Impact inventing: New solar light bulbs aim to create a cleaner, safer, healthier world

Oct 21st, 2013 | By

Nokero International Ltd. has announced the release of the N180- Start, setting new standards for affordable off-grid lighting. Designed for emerging markets, the N180–Start is the most affordable solar light bulb in the world. The product will be life changing for millions of impoverished people who rely on burning dangerous and polluting fuels, such as kerosene, for light. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.



Company Rides Recycled Plastics Into Clothing Industry

Oct 21st, 2013 | By

Since the company pivoted to a focus on recycled materials in November 2009, it has used enough waste plastic in manufacturing clothing to fill eight football fields knee-deep.



Leidos to assume ownership of 37.5MW biomass power plant in Connecticut

Oct 17th, 2013 | By

The plant, which will be constructed by Leidos Constructors, will power around 37,000 homes and will sell its output to Connecticut Light & Power under a 15-year off-take agreement.



Bloom to unveil Cheshire fuel cell

Oct 17th, 2013 | By
K.R. Sridhar, co-founder and CEO of California-based Bloom Energy, which won 86 percent of Connecticut's LREC contracts in 2012.

California clean manufacturer Bloom Energy on Friday will unveil its 600 kilowatt fuel cell at the Macy’s Fulfillment Center in Cheshire.



Opposition to PSEG coal plant in Conn. takes center stage at Newark rally

Oct 14th, 2013 | By

A busload of environmental advocates from Connecticut rallied outside Public Service Enterprise Group’s Newark headquarters Sunday, seeking to permanently shutter the company’s coal-fired Bridgeport power plant.



VIDEO: Waste Derived Biogas to Power Fuel Cells on Dairy Farm as DOE Backs Manufacturer

Oct 11th, 2013 | By

Danbury-based, FuelCell Energy – which has developed a solid oxide fuel cell technology capable of running on waste derived biogas – is to enter into a $6.4 million cost shared cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to continue research and development on a demonstration sub-megawatt SOFC power plant.