Energy

Officials praise Canton hydropower project

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gathered at the dam on the Farmington River in Collinsville to announce the passage of the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act.



Why Geothermal Systems Are Heating Up

Jun 28th, 2014 | By
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Geothermal is a niche market compared to oil and gas — less than 2 percent of residential and commercial buildings in the United States — but heat-pump sales have been rising since the 1980s, according to Geothermal Exchange Organization, a nonprofit education and advocacy group for the geothermal heat pump industry.



Dam bill a first for Esty, Murphy

Jun 24th, 2014 | By
The Farmington River in Collinsville (photo: cjzurcher)

The House gave final passage Monday to a bill to enable the Connecticut town of Canton to refurbish two dams on the Farmington River.



Eastern’s Institute for Sustainable Energy Wins Statewide Award

Jun 21st, 2014 | By
Eastern's Institute for Sustainable Energy Wins Statewide Award

The Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University received the prestigious Power of Change Award for “State Difference Maker Leadership” at the Connecticut State Capitol on June 17. The 2014 Power of Change Awards celebrate the energy efficiency achievements of more than 20 Connecticut state agencies and municipalities. The winners received awards

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America’s coal-producing states weigh their options

Jun 19th, 2014 | By
A coal train rolls through a town in West Virginia, where more coal is produced than any other state except Wyoming.

Who will use the flexible policy tools offered in the Clean Power Plan to diversify their energy economies and unleash innovation to help their states grow? Who will show political courage?



NRG’s Portland coal power plant to get new life burning ‘clean diesel’

May 31st, 2014 | By
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The two coal-burning generators at NRG’s Portland Generating Station may get a second life burning diesel fuel.



Residents Oppose Spectra Energy’s Fracked Gas Project

May 30th, 2014 | By
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Residents of Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island gathered outside the Democratic Governors Association Thursday, using a puppet performance to protest the governors’ support for the natural gas industry.

They called on the governors to withdraw their support for Spectra Energy’s gas pipeline expansion proposal. Called the “Algonquin Incremental Market” project, Spectra’s project would carry high volumes of methane gas through neighborhoods in Connecticut and other states and, most dangerously, in the vicinity of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York.



Connecticut, 7 other states hope to boost zero-emission vehicles

May 29th, 2014 | By
A Volt EV charges in a parking garage in New Haven, Conn. (photo: cjzurcher)

Connecticut officials are still not saying how they plan to promote the usage of zero-emission vehicles here, as called for in an action plan released Thursday with seven other states.



There are 60 geothermal projects in Connecticut

May 12th, 2014 | By
Engineers installed a 500-foot test well in the northeast corner of Tempel Green to confirm that a geothermal system was an option for the new Science Center.

According to the Connecticut Geothermal Association, as of November 2013, there are 60 major geothermal projects occurring within the state.



Guess Why GDF Suez Doesn’t Want Marcellus Pipeline to New England

May 5th, 2014 | By
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The problem is not so much residential customers running low on natural gas but electric generating plants.



Courant op-ed on fracking begs for a ‘reason’able response

May 5th, 2014 | By
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“Our continued commitment to natural gas use is key to advancing our clean energy priorities. If we want to stay a leader in clean energy and accomplish the goals we set for ourselves, we can’t put obstacles like these bills in the way of natural gas.”



How Solar Is Cutting Grid Costs

May 2nd, 2014 | By
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With solar power, “we can avoid that $100 million investment in transmission lines, distribution lines, in capital infrastructure…” LIPA’s Vice President of Environmental Affairs Michael Deering. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



Lights go out on shared solar

May 2nd, 2014 | By

Legislation that would have helped Connecticut residents benefit from solar electricity systems even if their homes couldn’t support a solar system is dead for this legislative session. But in the end, Duff said, it was the solar industry that scuttled the deal – and he pointed at the national group Vote Solar that has been

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New Haven Register Editorial: Connecticut’s wind power vote long overdue

Apr 27th, 2014 | By
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The news that lawmakers had finally voted Tuesday to end a three-year moratorium on wind farms in the state was long overdue.



Expanding natural gas pipelines ‘key’: Malloy

Apr 24th, 2014 | By
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday that expanding natural gas pipelines to provide delivery to an additional 280,000 Connecticut customers over the next 10 years is key to controlling rising costs for power in the region.



Legislative Panel Approves Wind Turbine Regulations on 4th Try

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
Windmills on the horizon in Providence, Rhode Island. (photo: cjzurcher)

A long-running dispute over how to regulate power-generating wind turbines in Connecticut ended Tuesday when a legislative committee finally approved new rules that will end a nearly three-year stalemate on the issue.

Wind energy businesses were fearful of more delays, warning failure to approve the regulations this time around could kill chances for moving ahead with wind turbines in this state.



Connecticut’s nuclear plant can use warmer water

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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The Millstone 2 plant may use water as warm as 80 degrees Fahrenheit, up from 75 degrees, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is considering a similar request for Millstone 3.



Committee Poised To Approve New Wind Turbine Regulations

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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Lawmakers and state officials are optimistic they have finally struck the right balance in deciding where wind turbines in the state should be located.



Op-ed: Proposed wind project regs give CT a chance to lead

Apr 19th, 2014 | By
A wind turbine seen on the campus of Connecticut College.

Connecticut lawmakers Tuesday have the opportunity to clear a major roadblock standing in the way of the state’s clean energy future by approving wind siting regulations that will set permitting standards for wind generators and remove a ban on wind energy projects that is detracting from Connecticut’s leadership on energy policy.



Could the ‘Shared Solar’ movement work in shady Connecticut?

Apr 14th, 2014 | By

Shared solar, also known as community solar, is essentially a virtual solar system. Instead of panels on a roof going directly to that house, a large solar field would be installed where there’s room. Homeowners could subscribe to it, and the local utility would credit them for the solar, even though the actual electrons go

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