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

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.

CT DEEP offers incentives to build electric car charging stations

Nov 26th, 2013 | By
A Volt EV charges in a parking garage in New Haven, Conn. (photo: cjzurcher)

Environmental Protection is launching a second round of incentives in order to expand the network of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations across Connecticut.

Clean power in CT: RGGI and Wind — An alert from CFE

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By

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.

Geothermal Projects Expand Across Connecticut

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

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.

Act to End the Ban on Wind Power in Connecticut

Nov 17th, 2013 | By

With input from Clean Water Action and other groups, the CT Siting Council drafted regulations to address health and safety issues related to wind power, such as maximum noise levels and distances from neighboring properties, but these proposed regulations are currently stuck in limbo. You can help end the ban on wind power in Connecticut today – take action!

CT alone in renewables rollback

Nov 8th, 2013 | By

Connecticut has landed all alone in something of an environmental hall of shame for legislation enacted last session that could result in the state’s use of less classic renewable energy.

Draft ruling OK’s Conn. gas expansion plan

Nov 8th, 2013 | By

Connecticut regulators issued a draft ruling on Wednesday approving an ambitious, massive plan to expand natural gas service to about 280,000 new customers across the state over the next decade. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Dave Collins of The AP.

CT, again, top 10 in energy efficiency

Nov 6th, 2013 | By

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy would not disclose Connecticut’s exact position ahead of the release of the report at 1 p.m. Wednesday but did say the state was in the top 10 again in the 7-year-old study. Last year, Connecticut was ranked No. 6.

Sprague solar array chosen to provide power to state

Nov 2nd, 2013 | By

An unused parcel of land straddling Lisbon and Sprague owned by Fusion Paperboard that will soon be home to a 20-acre solar array can already count two of Connecticut’s biggest utilities among its customers.

Bridgeport, UI to partner in turning old landfill into Green Energy Park to generate solar power

Oct 26th, 2013 | By

This 50-acre renewable energy park, which has the potential to house solar, fuel cells and wind installations, will cut down the City’s dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

PURA: Connecticut To Miss Out On Benefits Of Maine’s Number Nine Wind Farm

Oct 24th, 2013 | By

Regulators approved more than $1 billion in state-directed power contracts on Wednesday, but not without expressing their doubts about whether some benefits of the clean, cheap electricity would accrue to Connecticut.

New website puts solar a click away for Connecticut homeowners

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

The state’s quasi-public agency in charge of overseeing renewable energy in Connecticut launched a new website Monday designed to provide homeowners with information regarding whether their homes are suitable for solar energy systems and the types of financing and grants available to pay for the work. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Luther Turmelle at the New Haven Register.