Energy

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.



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.