Energy

CT to decide on VT RECs

Oct 20th, 2014 | By

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority will decide soon ….



Bridgeport Council passes resolution to retire coal plant. PSEG to donate and install solar panels

Oct 9th, 2014 | By
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Monday night, in a 17-1 vote overseen by Mayor Bill Finch, the Bridgeport City Council approved a resolution calling for a responsible and managed retirement of the Bridgeport Harbor Station coal plant.

“This is a huge step toward healthier air and cleaner water in Bridgeport,” said Onté Johnson, Bridgeport organizing representative of the Sierra Club.



Milford, Bridgeport microgrid projects get $5M from state

Oct 9th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that new microgrid projects in Bridgeport and Milford – which will help keep critical buildings and facilities in those two cities powered even when the grid goes down – have been awarded a total of $5.1 million through the second round of the innovative Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Microgrid Program.



Energy stance: Malloy embraces activism, Foley the market | The CT Mirror

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

Ed Note: Unfortunately, as we have heard, Malloy sees natural gas as “cleaner.” The question is: How can we get him to invest in other forms of energy as robustly as he has invested in natural gas?  “Cheaper, cleaner, more reliable.” That mantra has guided the energy policy of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration since

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Micro grid power plant at Backus in Norwich will be used for storms, outages

Sep 24th, 2014 | By
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Thirty or more officials from the city, Norwich Public Utilities, The William W. Backus Hospital and the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative gathered at the end of Matlack Road Monday morning had those storms and others in mind. The event marked the completion of a $9 million, four-unit diesel generation micro grid power plant that

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I have no idea why the Norwich Bulletin calls this column “A view from the left”

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By

Common sense has so far prevailed over the failed predictions of global warming proponents, and the expansion of fracking continues.



3 recent inspections worry Millstone safety committee

Sep 19th, 2014 | By
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Lori Armstrong, director of nuclear safety and licensing at the plant, said 180 Millstone staff have participated in training to improve “rigorousness of troubleshooting.”



NRC Launches Special Inspection at Millstone 3 Nuclear Power Plant

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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In Response to Continuing Problems with Pump Problems affecting a pump that is part of a reactor safety system will be the focus of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Special Inspection at the Millstone Unit 3 nuclear power plant.



New England and Natural Gas Utilization Problems

Sep 15th, 2014 | By
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“If you’re in this industry long enough you see these cycles. The energy business has gone from boom to bust many times.”



Google invests $145 million in Calif. solar project

Sep 12th, 2014 | By

Google said its renewable energy projects are expected to generate more than 6 billion kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which the tech giant said is “far more electricity” than it consumes and is enough to power all public elementary schools in New York, Oregon and Wyoming for one year. For more on this story, visit: Google

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A Hartford Eyesore Turned Solar Oasis

Sep 5th, 2014 | By
The solar array is on top of 10 million tons of capped-off waste in Hartford's north end. (photo: Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority)

A new $30M solar array in Hartford is the first solar-energy project to be built atop a closed landfill in the state. At peak capacity, it’s expected to power about 1,000 homes per day.



Three Months Later They Admit: We Got Dosed During the May 25 Millstone Emergency Nuclear Shutdown

Sep 5th, 2014 | By
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Unexpected releases of cancer-causing radioisotopes into the air we breathe are a matter of health and safety. We were misled by Dominion and the NRC, once again, the Democratic Underground reports.



Clean Energy Can Be Generated In Connecticut

Sep 5th, 2014 | By
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Clean, affordable energy is in demand, and appropriately sited renewable projects can give us the emission-free power we need.



From fission to fusion: the need for a quick transition

Aug 20th, 2014 | By
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Why we should change from fission to fusion electricity generation swiftly, with minimal overlap, once fusion is available. By Yale physics student and, undergraduate scholar at the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, Jason Parisi.



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.