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

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

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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ECSU’s Energy Institute to Receive National Award

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

The 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award, to be formally presented in Washington, D.C., on April 29 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy, recognizes the institute’s work with Connecticut towns, state agencies, school buildings and college campuses to strategically and comprehensively manage energy use.

LNG official says no need to build pipeline

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

Pipeline capacity is really only a problem during the 15 to 40 coldest days of the year, and could be addressed by deliveries of LNG to power plants fueled by natural gas, says Francis J. Katulak, CEO of GDF Suez, which operates the Distrigas terminal in Everett, Mass.

New Report: Biomass More Polluting Than Coal

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
PHOTO: Biomass pellets are used worldwide for energy generation, and they're growing in popularity in Europe. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

“Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal,” which has been delivered to the EPA by the Partnership for Policy Integrity, says that biomass power plants across the country are permitted to emit more pollution than comparable coal plants or commercial waste incinerators, even as they are subsidized by state and federal renewable energy dollars. There are currently two biomass proposals in Connecticut — one in Plainfield and one in Watertown.

It contains detailed emissions and fuel specifications for a number of facilities, including plants in Connecticut, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

Connecticut moratorium stalls wind power proposal

Mar 30th, 2014 | By
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As Connecticut moves on several fronts to diversify its supply of energy, proposals for wind power have stalled as state lawmakers struggle to reach agreement on rules for turbine locations, shadows created by spinning blades and other details.

Vermont utility regulators to issue decision on closure of Vermont Yankee by March 31

Mar 27th, 2014 | By

The Vermont Public Service Board (PSB), the state’s utility regulator, is scheduled to issue its final ruling by the end of the month on the pending operating license for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, owned by Entergy, a Louisiana-based energy conglomerate which operates facilities around the country.

Fuel cell and solar projects generating more of Conn.’s electricity

Mar 24th, 2014 | By

At the beginning of this year, something changed for energy users in Connecticut. People who turned on lights or used a washing machine wouldn’t have noticed it, but some of the electricity powering those devices came from sources it had never come from before.

Geothermal energy on a grand scale envisioned in New London’s future

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

An intriguing proposal at an early stage of consideration could enable the city to capture cheap, renewable energy stored underground, potentially providing heat and cooling to municipal and commercial buildings. “It’s before preliminary, if that’s possible,” said Tim Hanser, the city’s public works director. “We are interested in finding alternative energy sources to reduce our

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Where microgrids stand in the battle for our energy future

Mar 1st, 2014 | By
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Everyone agrees that distributed energy is changing the electric grid, but whether microgrids and distributed energy fundamentally reshape the energy system is still up for grabs.

Efforts underway to give more Connecticut residents access to solar power

Feb 27th, 2014 | By

Efforts to give a broader group of Connecticut residents access to renewable energy for their homes are underway in the state legislature.

In Supreme Court Challenge To Colebrook Project, Lawyers Argue About Wind

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

Is wind a fuel? That question consumed much of the arguments Friday at the Connecticut Supreme Court during its consideration of a challenge to the controversial construction of two wind farms in Colebrook by BNE Energy. The answer to this largely procedural question has the power to slow or stop construction of the wind farm.

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State Selects Two Large Biomass Projects For Long-Term Contracts

Feb 1st, 2014 | By

The state energy department has locked in long-term contracts with two of the largest wood-burning biomass plants in New England, a move it says will save ratepayers $15 million and diversify the region’s sources of renewable power.

LETTER: Now is the time to invest in solar energy

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

The Town of Hamden is currently administering a solar energy program abundant with local, state, and federal incentives, making this the ideal time to acquire a solar energy system.

Farmington Town Council authorizes partnership with the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority for commercial and industrial properties

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By
Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority

Farmington commercial property owners can receive 100% upfront low –cost and longer term financing for clean energy improvements to their properties.

New England governors sign energy statement committing region to cooperation on infrastructure

Dec 6th, 2013 | By

New England’s governors have committed their six states to an energy initiative designed to bring affordable, cleaner, and more reliable power to homes and businesses across the northeast. This initiative will accelerate regional cooperation on expanding renewable energy and energy infrastructure in New England.

Non-transmission alternatives can boost grid reliability

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By

This article is an opinion piece from Environment Northeast on sustainable transmission issues – basically how to make a better, more modern electric grid – just published in the Hartford Business Journal.