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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 to give a broader group of Connecticut residents access to renewable energy for their homes are underway in the state legislature.
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.
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.
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 propertiesJan 3rd, 2014 | By Environmental Headlines -- CT environmental news
Farmington commercial property owners can receive 100% upfront low –cost and longer term financing for clean energy improvements to their properties.
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.
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.
Environmental Protection is launching a second round of incentives in order to expand the network of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations across Connecticut.
Two important energy rules are coming before the state legislature next Tuesday, and we need your help to make sure the committee makes the right decisions. Together the two regulations will work together to move us towards using less energy-and making sure that the energy we do use is as clean as possible.
Connecticut is “perfect” for geothermal drilling. Dig down six feet, and you’ll find the soil remains a near-constant 50 degrees year-round. Geothermal capitalizes on that, using a loop of underground piping to tap into that stable temperature zone, and send that energy to a heat pump.