Residents Oppose Spectra Energy’s Fracked Gas Project

May 30th, 2014 | By

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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.