Regulators initially approve massive CT wind, solar buys

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority tentatively approved the state’s purchase of 270 megawatts of renewable power from a Maine wind farm and a Lisbon solar array.

DEEP seeks renewable energy proposals

Oct 23rd, 2013 | By

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Monday issued a request for proposals for electric power produced by biomass, landfill gas, and run-of-river hydropower facilities that meet Connecticut’s Class I renewable requirements. “The expedited timeline for this RFP maximizes the opportunity for bidders to qualify for federal Production Tax Credits, which will help

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CT seeks renewable biomass, hydro, landfill power

Oct 15th, 2013 | By

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection is looking for power generated by biomass, landfill gas, or run-of-river hydropower in order to meet the state’s renewable requirements.

Bay State’s wind power contracts are great for the region

Oct 14th, 2013 | By

In a recent column New England Ratepayers Association’s Executive Director Marc Brown incorrectly claims that wind power contracts recently announced by Massachusetts officials are a bad deal for ratepayers due to wind energy’s “hidden costs.” (“Opinion: Let’s calculate the true cost of wind power,” Oct. 4, 2013). Brown’s claims are based on biased and inaccurate studies, and his statements are misleading.

Railroad Without Power? Fuel Cells Once Studied As Power Source For Metro-North

Oct 14th, 2013 | By

Shelved years ago, a plan that suggested powering Metro-North with fuel cells rather than commercial power is finding renewed attention after a failed transmission cable crippled the rail line last month.

Connecticut DEEP to issue renewable power RFP

Oct 11th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection announced that it will issue a Request for Proposals later this month for electric power produced by biomass, landfill gas, and run-of-river hydropower facilities that meet Connecticut’s Class I renewable requirements. The department is seeking proposals for energy and renewable energy credits from both new and existing facilities,

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Connecticut Valley Hospital to get $30M Energy Upgrade

Oct 5th, 2013 | By

The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has selected NORESCO to lead the implementation of a $30 million energy makeover at Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown.

CT legislature blocks wind power regulations for third time

Sep 25th, 2013 | By
Windmills on the horizon in Providence, Rhode Island. (photo: cjzurcher)

“This is really outright obstructionism at this point,” said Chris Phelps, the state director of Environment Connecticut. “Wind is growing by leaps and bounds in this country, and Connecticut is sitting on the sidelines.”

Plan for new solar energy center

Sep 24th, 2013 | By

The state has taken another step toward lessening its dependence on fossil fuels. The project along with a wind farm in Maine is going to help the state comply with a federal mandate to have 20 percent of its electrical needs met with alternative energy by the year 2020.

State to fund solar project in eastern Connecticut

Sep 21st, 2013 | By

Forecasting cheaper and more reliable power for state residents, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday the approval of two clean-energy projects, including a solar center in Sprague and Lisbon on property largely owned by Fusion Paperboard Co.

The Positive Economics Of Solar Energy |

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

There’s little dispute about the reliability and environmental benefits of solar. If you have a southern exposure on your roof or property, you may be able to realize financial benefits as well. The cost of solar panels has dropped over 75% in recent years. This fact along with an installation company that is betting on busy and cost effective installation crews in our town, will provide even more savings than you could get on your own without Solarize Newtown.

Microgrids in NYC & Conn. — A New Kind of Power Struggle

Sep 10th, 2013 | By

While the efforts of cities like New York are tangled in regulatory nightmares, the state of Connecticut is trying to forge ahead despite the legal uncertainties.

Massive E. Lyme solar array under construction

Aug 31st, 2013 | By

Construction of a five-megawatt solar installation on 43 acres in East Lyme has begun, the project developer Middletown-based Greenskies Renewable Energy announced on Friday.

Budget Measure Would Cut Energy Costs For Families, Businesses, Officials Say

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

The state’s energy department has approved a significantly expanded three-year budget for electricity and natural gas conservation programs, a measure officials say will reduce energy costs for families and businesses. The programs are mainly funded by a small conservation fee on electricity and natural gas bills.

Fairfield plans to use more solar energy

Aug 29th, 2013 | By

Ed Boman, the Assistant Director of Public Works, came to the Board of Selectman meeting Aug. 21, with his latest plans. They include putting solar panels on seven town buildings and signing Fairfield up for a state program that will encourage commercial building owners to use cleaner, cheaper energy.

Companies line up to compete for state energy credits

Aug 26th, 2013 | By

More than a dozen companies are hoping to generate state and federal tax credits by selling their renewable energy to Connecticut electric distributors, according to filings posted by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Responding to a request for proposals issued by the state in July, 15 entities submitted one or more proposals

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Renewable energy projects vying for state power deals

Aug 26th, 2013 | By

At least six renewable energy projects proposed for sites in southeastern Connecticut are vying to be chosen next month for power purchase agreements with the state’s two largest utilities. The projects include solar energy facilities in Bozrah, Lebanon and Franklin, all proposed by New York-based Allco Finance, as well as a solar energy facility in

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Norwich Bulletin Letter: CT’s energy plans will impact Maine

Aug 18th, 2013 | By

Changes to Connecticut’s Renewable Portfolio mandate law requires 4 percent of the electricity load be met with long-term power purchase agreements for Class I renewables — wind projects which would mostly be built in Maine. Are you aware that these are not yet built or functional, that the wind companies — some foreign owned —

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Protesters again target coal-burning plant

Aug 15th, 2013 | By

About 25 protesters from the environmental group Healthy Connecticut Alliance converged on McLevy Green to protest the coal-burning Bridgeport Harbor Power Station, which they said is a threat to health and uses “technology from an earlier century.” “That plant needs to be closed tomorrow,” said Elaine Thompson-Ward, who lives in the city’s East End. “We’re

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Energy company looking at Ashford for wind turbine project

Aug 14th, 2013 | By
A wind turbine seen on the campus of Connecticut College.

The Planning and Zoning Commis-sion decided Monday to continue a public hearing on the installation of the test tower until Oct. 15 after hearing most residents at the meeting ask for more information on the project.