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Natural gas pipeline expansion to Danbury proposed

Oct 10th, 2013 | By

Spectra’s proposal, which must be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, would mean replacing about 8 miles of pipeline between Southeast, N.Y., to the Interstate 84/Route 7 interchange in Danbury. The pipeline now is 26 inches in diameter; the new pipeline would be 42 inches.



CT School Bus Company Leader named a ‘Sustainability All-Star’

Oct 9th, 2013 | By

This year All-Star Transportation became the first school bus company in Connecticut to purchase propane-driven vehicles. Today the entire fleet of 51-buses serving the Torrington Public Schools is running on more environmentally friendly propane gas.



Alstom to Service Three Power Plants in USA and Canada

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

Alstom was awarded two Long Term Service Agreements for three natural gas fired power plants in the US and Canada. The first is a LTSA contract for EquiPower’s, Milford combined cycle power station in Connecticut. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story.



Trade group shocks the oblivious saying NU ‘can’t be trusted’

Oct 4th, 2013 | By

A trade group representing Connecticut independent home heating oil dealers is calling out Northeast Utilities’ decision to outsource 200 information technology jobs to a pair of Indian companies, saying the utility giant doesn’t have the state’s best interests at heart.



Sen. Meyer Praises Madison Earth Care for Green Technology

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

Sen. Meyer praised Madison Earth Care for its innovative and environmentally conscious business model, and explained several ways in which the State of Connecticut is working to ensure small businesses thrive in Connecticut.



Unilever, Levi’s to EPA: Finalize Power Plant Rules

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

Unilever, Levi Strauss, Symantec and Patagonia are among the 22 companies that have signed a letter supporting the new carbon pollution standards for power plants proposed last week by the EPA. The business group, along with some 50 investors — including the country’s largest public pension fund, CalPERS — with more than $900 billion of

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PURA Decision Calls for 8.6% Increase

Sep 25th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) today ruled on the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut’s (Aquarion) rate increase proposal, trimming almost $13M off the requested $26.9M increase. In its March 28, 2013 rate filing, Aquarion proposed spreading the increase over a three-year period. Aquarion supported its 17% increase request by noting substantial recent investment in infrastructure improvements and utility plant, as well as depreciation expense increases related to those capital investments. According to Aquarion, declining end user consumption and cost increases outside its control also precipitated the rate filing.



Recycler hit with Clean Water Act lawsuit

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

Norwich, Conn.-based Shetucket Iron & Metal Co. Inc. is being sued in U.S. District Court in Connecticut by three environmental groups who content that stormwater runoff from 20-foot high piles of scrap at Shetucket’s facility is contaminating local waterways.



Main Street Power to Install Solar on Two Bridgeport Schools

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

Main Street Power Co., in partnership with MS Solar Solutions Corp., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, today announced the start of construction on rooftop solar arrays for two schools in the Bridgeport Public Schools district.



BJ’s withdraws plan to build store in Norwalk

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

“Over the past several weeks we have heard concerns raised by neighbors and others about our proposed development. The developer and BJs want to review those concerns to see if they can be reasonably addressed before deciding our next steps,” read the statement released by the communications firm representing the company and property owner. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from The Hour of Norwalk.



CT manufacturing education gets boost from Motorola

Sep 10th, 2013 | By

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, an East Hartford nonprofit, said it will share a $75,000 grant with a national association to expand its summer manufacturing academy for students in grades seven through nine. For more on this story, visit: CT manufacturing education gets boost from Motorola | HartfordBusiness.com.



FuelCell Energy Posts Record Sales Quarter

Sep 5th, 2013 | By

Sales at Danbury-based FuelCell Energy Inc. jumped 81 percent in the third quarter ending July 31, beating Wall Street estimates, the company reported late Wednesday. Total revenues for the quarter were $53.7 million, a record for the firm, up from $29.7 million in the same quarter last year. FuelCell Energy, which manufactures fuel cells in

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Hartford Business has special green section this month

Sep 5th, 2013 | By

Click on this environmental headline for more on how Connecticut’s new commitment to product stewardship is creating a booming industry where new entrants can flourish.



Hyatt Invests Over $37M in More Than 200 Energy Efficiency Projects

Aug 29th, 2013 | By

When it comes to its supply chain, Hyatt’s achievements include implementing a Supplier Code of Conduct, which establishes the hotel chain’s standards for suppliers regarding social, governance and environmental principles. Other achievements include partnering with the World Wildlife Fund to evaluate its seafood purchases outside of the U.S.



Many out-of-state companies win in state’s commercial renewable energy program

Aug 28th, 2013 | By

The long-awaited list of energy companies that applied for and won clean energy projects through the state’s revamped commercial renewable energy incentive program shows a hefty chunk of the work could send a lot of the money out-of-state. The program, known by the nicknames ZREC and LREC for zero- and low-emissions energy projects, is administered

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Fuel Cell Startup Looking To Grow

Aug 26th, 2013 | By

Three years after Proton Energy became a public company, a co-founder who was essentially No. 2 there quit to get a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in materials science.



Stamford installs environmental friendly Smart Tap water bottle filling stations

Aug 14th, 2013 | By
From left to right: Polly Rauh, The Stamford Board of Representatives; Sandy Goldstein, President of Stamford Downtown Special Services District; Bill Apfelbaum, Smart Tap; Lori Feinsilver, Head of Community Affairs & Executive Communications, Americas UBS; Chick Corea, Jazz Pianist; Annie Summerville, The Stamford Board of Representatives; and Ernie Orgera, Director of Operations, City of Stamford. (contributed photo)

UBS and Smart Tap, a company that provides water bottle-filling stations, have partnered together to bring clean, locally-sourced water to Stamford residents. “As a member of the Stamford community, we have a keen interest in the sustainability of the city as well as the wellbeing of its residents” said Lori Feinsilver, of UBS.



CT denies eight companies’ $1B secret request

Aug 14th, 2013 | By

Connecticut regulators have denied the requests from eight companies to keep secret their information in a 21-year, $1 billion state renewable energy credit program, but pushed back the release of that information until next week.



Altus Power Management, ESPN, And Winstanley Build Solar

Aug 12th, 2013 | By

Altus Power Management, in collaboration with ESPN and Winstanley Enterprises, has announced the completion of a 663 kW solar system located on the rooftop of ESPN North Campus in Bristol. It is estimated that the 2,688 module system will offset 11 percent of ESPN’s electricity usage at this location over the term of the 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.



Meriden Company Pays Fine for Hazardous Waste Violations

Aug 9th, 2013 | By

290 Pratt Street, LLC owns the Meriden Enterprise Center facility in Meriden, Conn. EPA alleges that in June 2010, PCBs were discovered to have leaked from transformers and to have contaminated soil and concrete areas at the Meriden Enterprise Center.