energy http://wnpr.org en Capping Carbon Emissions Could Provide Economic Benefits, Study Finds http://wnpr.org/post/capping-carbon-emissions-could-provide-economic-benefits-study-finds <p>Federal proposals to cap carbon emissions could actually benefit some states economically, according to a new study released on Thursday in Washington, D.C.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:45:24 +0000 Patrick Skahill 25860 at http://wnpr.org Capping Carbon Emissions Could Provide Economic Benefits, Study Finds Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port http://wnpr.org/post/maine-city-council-votes-keep-tar-sands-out-its-port South Portland, Maine, is known as the place where Liberty ships were built by tens of thousands of workers during World War II. Now, the city's waterfront is home to an oil terminal and the beginning of a 236-mile-long pipeline.<p>For more than 70 years, the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 editor 25741 at http://wnpr.org Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port Pipeline Opponents Say Project Is No Longer Economically Justifiable http://wnpr.org/post/pipeline-opponents-say-project-no-longer-economically-justifiable <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of opponents of the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline say the cost of Vermont Gas Systems’ pipeline from Colchester to Addison County is no longer justifiable in light of a recently announced cost increase.</span><p>The increase, <a href="http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermont-gas-cost-overruns-raise-questions-about-project-management">announced earlier in July</a>, brings the estimated project cost from $86.6 million up to $121.7 million. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:27:58 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 25623 at http://wnpr.org Eastern Canadian Premiers And New England Governors Meet Amid Energy Protests http://wnpr.org/post/eastern-canadian-premiers-and-new-england-governors-meet-amid-energy-protests <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/nhpr/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201407/IMG_3274.JPG" alt="" /><p>New Hampshire is hosting the latest summit between the governors of the New England states and the Premiers of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The conference takes place Monday at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, and follows a similar meeting held in Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:20:43 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 25262 at http://wnpr.org Eastern Canadian Premiers And New England Governors Meet Amid Energy Protests Connecticut Still Waiting for Action on Federal Clean Air Plans http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-still-waiting-action-federal-clean-air-plans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut has to wait for more federal action on cross-border pollution, according to a top environmental official who visited Hartford.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:49:25 +0000 Patrick Skahill 25084 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Still Waiting for Action on Federal Clean Air Plans New Laws Take Effect in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/new-laws-take-effect-connecticut <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut's revised state budget and a host of new laws take effect Tuesday </span><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/legislative-wrap-fracking-waste-moratorium-passes-hospital-conversions-possible" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">after being passed by the legislature</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and signed by Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Malloy.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:20:39 +0000 Tucker Ives 24559 at http://wnpr.org New Laws Take Effect in Connecticut Iraq Battles Militants For Key Oil Refinery In Beiji http://wnpr.org/post/iraq-battles-militants-key-oil-refinery-baiji In an attempt to stop the juggernaut advance of the Sunni extremist group ISIS, Iraq's central government says the fight for the country's largest oil refinery is far from over. A military official says 40 militants have been killed.<p>"Iraqi government officials say an elite special operations force is holding off ISIS militants at the Beiji refinery 160 miles north of the capital," NPR's Deborah Amos reports from Erbil. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 23908 at http://wnpr.org Iraq Battles Militants For Key Oil Refinery In Beiji Blumenthal Calls for Improved Veterans' Access to Care; Norwalk Bridge Inpsected http://wnpr.org/post/blumenthal-calls-improved-veterans-access-care-norwalk-bridge-inpsected <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uoJ4bIzi3ug" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Senator Richard Blumenthal is calling on Washington to improve veterans’ access to medical care. Blumenthal sponsored a bill that passed the U.S. Senate last week and now heads to the house. This comes in response to growing controversy over delays in medical care at V-A facilities around the country. Blumenthal says the measure enables our heroes to seek healthcare outside of the VA.</p><p><strong>Norwalk Walk Bridge Gets Inspection</strong></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:16:27 +0000 Teri McCready 23792 at http://wnpr.org Obama Proposes Creation Of World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary http://wnpr.org/post/reports-obama-propose-creation-worlds-largest-ocean-sanctuary President Obama unveiled a proposal on Tuesday that would create the world's largest ocean sanctuary south and west of Hawaii,<em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-will-propose-vast-expansion-of-pacific-ocean-marine-sanctuary/2014/06/16/f8689972-f0c6-11e3-bf76-447a5df6411f_story.html?tid=sm_fb"> The Washington Post</a></em> and <a href="http://mtstandard.com/business/obama-to-create-world-s-largest-ocean-preserve/article_6b07fbae-1417-5026-be04-2972ff85e8ff.html">The Associated Press</a> are reporting.<p>According to the outlets, Obama intends to expand a sanctuary created Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:58:19 +0000 editor 23777 at http://wnpr.org Obama Proposes Creation Of World's Largest Ocean Sanctuary Fracking Waste Moratorium Signed Into Law http://wnpr.org/post/fracking-waste-moratorium-signed-law <p>Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill imposing a moratorium on bringing fracking waste into Connecticut. The moratorium will extend to at least to July 2017. In the meantime, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will draft regulations about what, if any, fracking waste can come to Connecticut.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:15:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 23599 at http://wnpr.org Fracking Waste Moratorium Signed Into Law EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases http://wnpr.org/post/epa-unveils-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases New federal regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.<p>The draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be prohibitively expensive. But the proposal's backers say the rules are needed to cut carbon pollution that scientists say contributes to climate change.<p><strong>Update at 10:45 a.m. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:53:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 22905 at http://wnpr.org EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases The Scramble: Liberal Arts, Carbon Emissions and Of Course, Jeopardy! http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-liberal-arts-carbon-emissions-and-course-jeopardy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/upshot/is-college-worth-it-clearly-new-data-say.html">Is college worth it?</a>&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The news about higher education is mostly bad. Student loan debt is now $1 trillion and climbing. Underpaid, demoralized, and harassed adjunct faculty are taking on more and more of the teaching load. By many measures, college isn't doing its most important job: providing a ladder that young people with fewer advantages can climb.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">College right now seems to be reinforcing class structure rather than loosening it up.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Into all of the above steps an optimist: Wesleyan president Michael Roth, who doesn't deny the problems, but insists that a liberal education is essential, and worth it.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite the shift towards specialized courses of study, a liberal arts education is more important than ever.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:44:16 +0000 Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 22908 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble: Liberal Arts, Carbon Emissions and Of Course, Jeopardy! Technical High School Students Detail Energy Use http://wnpr.org/post/technical-high-school-students-detail-energy-use <p>Students in five Connecticut technical high schools are set to present findings and recommendations from a year-long investigation of the environmental impact of their school's energy use.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:06:15 +0000 Associated Press 22713 at http://wnpr.org Technical High School Students Detail Energy Use Wind Developer Withdraws Vermont Proposal http://wnpr.org/post/wind-developer-withdraws-vermont-proposal <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/05/patb5-23voicer-wind-withdrawal.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit wikipedia.org" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201404/windturbine.jpg" alt="" /><p>A company is withdrawing its plans for a 20-turbine industrial wind project on Vermont's Seneca Mountain in the Northeast Kingdom. Mon, 26 May 2014 20:59:41 +0000 Pat Bradley 22533 at http://wnpr.org Wind Developer Withdraws Vermont Proposal Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine http://wnpr.org/post/russias-energy-giant-turns-heat-ukraine If Russia was aiming to target one of Ukraine's vulnerabilities, natural gas would be the bull's-eye. Ukraine gets about 60 percent of its gas from Russia.<p>Clifford Gaddy, a Russia specialist at the Brookings Institution, says as the dispute between the two countries grows, Moscow is more willing to use natural gas as a weapon.<p>"The ways in which Russia can play with this gas lever, how it can use it, these are not things that they just think of from one day to the next," Gaddy says. Wed, 14 May 2014 19:49:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 21843 at http://wnpr.org Russia's Energy Giant Turns Up The Heat On Ukraine Fuel Cell Industry Still Strong, Say Advocates http://wnpr.org/post/fuel-cell-industry-still-strong-say-advocates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The market for fuel cells is growing, according to industry experts, despite the recent bankruptcy of one of Connecticut's largest fuel cell manufacturers.</span></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:04:29 +0000 Harriet Jones 21441 at http://wnpr.org Fuel Cell Industry Still Strong, Say Advocates Malloy Says Metro-North Power Line Work Near Completion; School Security Bill Approved http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-says-metro-north-power-line-work-near-completion-school-security-bill-approved <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lmQHJgDR3kg" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Governor Dannel Malloy, joined by Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker and New Haven Mayor Toni Harp ---- announced today that nearly 80 percent of the overhead power lines on the New Haven commuter rail between Southport and Bridgeport have been replaced.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 21:18:16 +0000 Teri McCready 21392 at http://wnpr.org Dominion Studies Running Millstone Reactors Another 20 Years http://wnpr.org/post/dominion-studies-running-millstone-reactors-another-20-years <p>Dominion Resources is looking at extending the life span of its nuclear power reactors in Virginia and Connecticut for another 20 years.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:47:16 +0000 Associated Press 21397 at http://wnpr.org Dominion Studies Running Millstone Reactors Another 20 Years Connecticut Senate Passes Bill Creating Three-Year Ban On Fracking Waste http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-senate-passes-bill-creating-three-year-ban-fracking-waste <p>Connecticut senators unanimously endorsed a bipartisan compromise on how to handle the possibility of waste coming to the state from hydraulic fracturing operations in other states.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 13:39:39 +0000 Heather Brandon 21376 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Senate Passes Bill Creating Three-Year Ban On Fracking Waste Under a New Composting Law, Companies Flock to Southington http://wnpr.org/post/under-new-composting-law-companies-flock-southington <p>A law that went into effect in January <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/how-compost-pile-danbury-about-get-richer">requires certain businesses to recycle their food waste</a>. So far, two companies have emerged with high-tech composting plans to help process that waste and they both want to do it in the same town: Southington.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 21332 at http://wnpr.org Under a New Composting Law, Companies Flock to Southington State Senate Measure Could Change the Face of Electric Bills http://wnpr.org/post/state-senate-measure-could-change-face-electric-bills <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The state senate has <a href="http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&amp;bill_num=2&amp;which_year=2014&amp;SUBMIT1.x=13&amp;SUBMIT1.y=11&amp;SUBMIT1=Normal" target="_blank">unanimously passed a bill</a> to address many complaints against independent electricity suppliers.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 12:43:27 +0000 Alan Yu 21067 at http://wnpr.org State Senate Measure Could Change the Face of Electric Bills What Connecticut Stands to Gain (and Lose) From Fracking http://wnpr.org/post/what-connecticut-stands-gain-and-lose-fracking <p>Connecticut lawmakers are considering a ban of waste from “fracking,” the controversial method of obtaining natural gas cheaply. This comes less than a year after the state approved a major expansion of its natural gas infrastructure to capitalize on production in nearby states. Now, some are wondering whether Connecticut can avoid the environmental risks of the fracking boom.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:12:39 +0000 Patrick Skahill 20913 at http://wnpr.org What Connecticut Stands to Gain (and Lose) From Fracking Governor Malloy and DEEP Commissioner Klee In Studio http://wnpr.org/post/governor-malloy-and-deep-commissioner-klee-studio <p>For the first time since declaring his re-election plans, Governor Dannel Malloy joins us in studio as the legislative session winds down. Joining him is the new commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Robert Klee.</p><p>The Malloy administration continues its push for an expansion of natural gas, which is part of its <a href="http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=4120&amp;q=500752" target="_blank">Comprehensive Energy Strategy.</a></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 20894 at http://wnpr.org Governor Malloy and DEEP Commissioner Klee In Studio Legislative Committee Approves Wind Power Siting Regulations http://wnpr.org/post/legislative-committee-approves-wind-power-siting-regulations <p>New wind energy projects can now move forward in Connecticut. Tuesday's announcement ends a three-year moratorium on wind turbines.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:03:37 +0000 Ray Hardman 20586 at http://wnpr.org Legislative Committee Approves Wind Power Siting Regulations U.S. Secretary of Energy Visits Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/us-secretary-energy-visits-hartford <p>America's top energy official just came to Hartford. He was seeking input on New England's energy problems.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ernest </span>Moniz<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is working to craft the holy grail of U.S. energy policy. He's doing it, he said, by "bringing together colleagues across the government to look at energy in the context of our economic aspirations, our environmental concerns, and our security concerns."</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:59:53 +0000 Patrick Skahill 20570 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Secretary of Energy Visits Hartford Millstone Nuclear Plant Gets Approval to Use Warmer Sea Water http://wnpr.org/post/millstone-nuclear-plant-gets-approval-use-warmer-sea-water <p>Federal regulators have granted permission to Connecticut's nuclear power plant to use warmer sea water for cooling at one of its two stations in Waterford.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:57:16 +0000 Associated Press 20562 at http://wnpr.org Millstone Nuclear Plant Gets Approval to Use Warmer Sea Water Energy Secretary in Hartford; Malloy Challenges Metro-North http://wnpr.org/post/energy-secretary-hartford-malloy-challenges-metro-north <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/VER7MkgaGME" width="560"></iframe></p><p>U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz was in Hartford today for a review of New England’s energy issues. The federal review was ordered by President Barack Obama to develop a strategy for public works needed to transport, store and deliver energy to consumers. Officials said that during the severe winter natural gas prices soared to more than $120 per million British thermal units.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:46:21 +0000 Teri McCready 20514 at http://wnpr.org Documents Show New York's Fracking Health Study Is Ongoing http://wnpr.org/post/documents-show-new-yorks-fracking-health-study-ongoing <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/04/frack.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/Hydrofracking.jpg" alt="" /><p>Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking in New York show that the Cuomo Administration is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process. The Finger Lakes-based organization is wondering, why then, the review has been conducted almost entirely in secret. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:21:31 +0000 editor 20516 at http://wnpr.org Documents Show New York's Fracking Health Study Is Ongoing Regulators Say Electric Suppliers Must Improve Disclosure http://wnpr.org/post/regulators-say-electric-suppliers-must-improve-disclosure <p>Utility regulators say independent electric suppliers in the state should be required to give consumers a clear disclosure about how much they're paying for power.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:51:05 +0000 Harriet Jones 20404 at http://wnpr.org Regulators Say Electric Suppliers Must Improve Disclosure Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis http://wnpr.org/post/man-reaches-sun-solution-pakistans-gas-crisis Spring has crept up to the foothills of the Himalayas and, in Islamabad, Pakistan's purpose-built capital, the air is full of the scent of roses and the yelling of birds.<p>Yet, even in this most stately of South Asian cities, it is impossible to escape the realities of an unstable nation that has yet to figure out how to meet some of the basic needs of its 200 million or so citizens.<p>Islamabad long ago adjusted to attacks by Islamist militants by setting up roadblocks and turning its government buildings, five-star hotels, villas and diplomatic enclaves into modern-day fortresses, wrapped i Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Philip Reeves 20263 at http://wnpr.org Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis