Millstone Power Station unit shut down in malfunction

Aug 12th, 2013 | By
A tax on Millstone drew opposition from Democratic legislators.

Connecticut’s only nuclear power plant shut down one its operating units because a malfunction caused a drop in the level of water used to cool the reactor core, officials said.

Powering the Future:Underwater turbines harness river power

Aug 7th, 2013 | By

In the middle of the East River river sits Roosevelt Island, a narrow, 150-acre strip of land that serves as the home base for a company called Verdant Power.

Montville Biomass Plant, One Bid For Energy Contract

Aug 6th, 2013 | By

The project — 42 megawatts of power from biomass, 2.3 megawatts from solar, and 5.6 megawatts from fuel cells — is one of many projects submitted Monday in response to a call from the state energy department for contracted renewable energy.

Our View: Energy policies need to consider the ‘business’ of energy production | Norwich Bulletin

Aug 5th, 2013 | By

Vermont Law School’s Institute of Energy and the Environment recently released a study listing Connecticut’s Millstone nuclear power plant as one of 12 at risk of being shutdown due to tax and economic conditions in the state, and one of 38 in the nation at risk of early retirement due to competition from other lower

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State revamps its energy portfolio

Aug 5th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s energy costs rank among the highest in the nation. For the first four months of 2013, electricity in Connecticut averaged 15.64 cents per kilowatt hour versus 9.70 cents per kilowatt hour nationally.

Gov. Malloy announces nation’s first statewide microgrid pilot

Jul 25th, 2013 | By

Passed under Gov. Malloy’s storm bill, the Microgrid Pilot Program will increase safety and quality of life for Connecticut residents during power outages. Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 basis and will include an isolation system so the microgrid can provide power despite any large-scale outages. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Norwich Bulletin editorial: Connecticut’s energy policy is paying off

Jul 23rd, 2013 | By

Earlier this month, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy singed into law a new state energy policy that builds upon earlier efforts to lower Connecticut’s energy costs, thus making Connecticut more business-friendly. According to a recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, those efforts seem to be paying off.

CT banned wind turbines since 2011

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By

Connecticut discretely has banned new wind turbine developments, which has delayed projects and chilled the clean energy industry to the state, officials say.

Combining Solar And PACE In Connecticut: A Potential Game Changer For Commercial Properties

Jul 20th, 2013 | By

Connecticut is breaking new ground by allowing leases and PPAs to participate. The lease or PPA payments would simply become part of the property tax bill. If necessary, true-up mechanisms could be used to adjust payments and ensure that customers are not overbilled. Additionally, we understand that this flexibility will likely be available for innovative energy efficiency financing for commercial properties. EDF has long advocated for this type of flexibility (and we see this as a major benefit of OBR), but – to date – PACE programs have not incorporated this feature. Hats off to Connecticut for once again showing us how to get things done!

Biodiesel can solve the ethanol debate, supporters say

Jul 18th, 2013 | By

Amid the oil industry’s all-out blitz to kill a government mandate for corn-based ethanol, biodiesel producers say they have a solution that could help everyone involved.

New gargage at SCSU has charging stations

Jul 18th, 2013 | By
A Volt EV charges in a parking garage in New Haven, Conn. (photo: cjzurcher)

Located adjacent to Jess Dow Field, the four-story garage has energy efficient LED lighting and three charging stations for students and staff with electric vehicles.

Sen. Bob Duff: Norwalk To See Benefits From Energy Bill

Jul 11th, 2013 | By

New energy legislation signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy on Monday will benefit residents of Darien as well as all of Fairfield County, according to state Sen. Bob Duff (D-25th District).

UConn marks eco-friendly water plant opening

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

The University of Connecticut will celebrate Wednesday the opening of a $25 million reclaimed water facility that will save hundreds of thousands of gallons of drinking water, the school announced. The facility, which UConn says is the first of its kind in the region, will treat wastewater using microfiltration and ultraviolet disinfection and then use

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DEEP and DOT Announce Details of Major Electric Vehicle Charging Initiative

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

Speaking at an Electric Vehicle (EV) Expo at Middlesex Community College, DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty and Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said the goal of the new program is to more than double the 81 publicly available charging stations in the state to 200 by the end of 2013. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from the DEEP.

Everett LNG Terminal at the Crossroads

Jul 2nd, 2013 | By

There is one LNG facility that has held steadfastly onto its role as an importer, with little sign of relinquishing its importance: the Everett Marine Terminal in Massachusetts.

Vermont, now Connecticut, Models for Diverting Organics

Jul 2nd, 2013 | By

With the June 20 signing of Connecticut’s Public Act 13-285, An Act Concerning Recycling and Jobs, the Constitution State will start to divert organics to organics recycling facilities next year. At the same time, we might be observing the beginning of a new pattern that will be very good for biogas and composting businesses. It can also easily benefit waste haulers and others in the waste management industry.

Bridgeport’s coal burning plant under scrutiny

Jul 1st, 2013 | By

President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing electric plants could pull the plug on Bridgeport’s controversial coal-burning facility.

Editorial from The Day: Sound energy plan

Jun 24th, 2013 | By

The strategy of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his energy commissioner, Daniel C. Esty, to increase the availability of natural gas for both residential and commercial customers took a positive step forward last week when the state’s three natural gas companies filed a joint expansion plan with regulators. The plan submitted by Yankee Gas, Connecticut

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Activists Want Your Support to Close Power Plant

Jun 19th, 2013 | By
PSEG Bridgeport Harbor Station

Environmental activists are going door-to-door in Darien this week with a petition calling for the closure of the coal-burning power plant in Bridgeport. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from the Darien Patch.

Esty, Malloy Claim Victory Over Energy Policy Issues

Jun 19th, 2013 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel C. Esty didn’t get everything they wanted, but they claimed victory Tuesday over some major energy policies approved by the legislature this year. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from CT News Junkie.