energy

12:50 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Electric Transmission Companies May Receive Fewer Profits in New England

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New England electric transmission companies may be required to profit less from transmission line projects, according to a federal ruling this week. A decision is still pending from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Judge Reduces Transmission Line Charges by Christine Stuart | Aug 8, 2013 5:29am Google (0) Comments | Log in to Post a Comment Posted to: Business, Energy A federal judge ruled Tuesday that electric transmission companies in New England should receive less profit from its transmission line projects.
The Wheelhouse Digest
12:39 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Marijuana and Energy

While we're busy being distracted by fake marriage proposals on ballfields, plants are growing in Connecticut, or will be if some in the state have their say. Those stories and more you might have missed.

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA GROWER APPROVED IN MIDDLETOWN
Former factory space may become quite "green."

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Millstone
4:51 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Connecticut Nuclear Plant Faces Uncertain Future

A recent report suggests that New England's largest nuclear power plant could be in trouble because of taxes in the future. Millstone in Waterford is in the clear for now, but it could still be economically vulnerable.

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Where We Live
11:03 am
Mon July 29, 2013

The Economics of Nuclear Power

Panther (Wikimedia Commons)

The recent early retirements of four US nuclear reactors, because they’re too expensive to keep up, has some wondering how much longer the two working Millstone reactors in Waterford, Connecticut might last.

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10:16 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Microgrid Pilot Projects Coming to Connecticut

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Connecticut will soon see nine microgrid pilot projects in eight communities across the state.
The state's first microgrid projects have been announced. Nine projects in eight communities have been approved as part of a microgrid pilot project - the first in the nation - conceived after Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm in 2011 left large swaths of the state without power for more than a week.
Energy
12:20 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Connecticut Launches Nine Microgrid Projects

WNPR Files

Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene has promoted state officials and utility companies to come up with ways to minimize massive power outages.

This week, United Illuminating announced upgrades and retrofits to its elictric substations. Yesterday, Gov. Dannel Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty announced funding for nine microgrid projects. 

The projects will allow cities and towns to keep critical services going in the event of another super storm.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Gas Well On Fire After Blowout In Gulf Of Mexico

Before a blaze broke out, a cloud of gas could be seen rising Tuesday from the Hercules 265 drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 12:57 pm

A natural gas well off the coast of Louisiana was on fire Wednesday, one day after a blowout forced 44 workers to evacuate. There were no injuries reported.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the mishap at Well A-3 below a "Hercules 265 jack-up rig," about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast, was first reported around 9:45 a.m. ET Tuesday.

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Where We Live
10:08 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Did Newtown Police Respond Quickly Enough?

That's the question being asked after a report from the Danbury News-Times says 10 rounds were fired  before officers entered the school. Their source says there was a delay in how quickly the officers entered the building but, "The question is whether it was significant or justified."

On the latest edition of our weekly news roundtable, The Wheelhouse we talk with the paper's editor, Tom Baden about the report.

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Where We Live
10:27 am
Mon July 1, 2013

A New Gas Tax, But What's It Paying For?

Lundgren Photography, Creative Commons

You ever notice how gas prices tend to rise, just when we’re all on the road for summer get-aways?

Well, starting today, we’ll see the prices go even higher – as a Connecticut tax goes up.  It’ll give the state some of the highest prices in the country – but at least that extra revenue will pay to repair the roads…or, not.

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Where We Live
10:22 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Governor Malloy's New Office of Early Childhood, the State Budget, Keno and 2014

Chion Wolf

Yesterday, Governor Malloy signed an executive order establishing the Office of Early Childhood, an idea that has broad support, and funding from the legislature.

"There was no doubt that this legislation, until it apparently got tied up in some politics, was going to pass," said Malloy.

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Legislative Session
11:56 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Officials Pleased With Energy, Environmental Bills

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News
5:27 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The truth behind Connecticut's gas prices: Part 3

This week we’ve been exploring why gas prices are so high in Connecticut. One culprit is a little-known state tax on the wholesale price of gas. On July 1 that’ll go up in the largest gas tax increase in state history. But the money won’t go to helping Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure. 

Last week I paid $3.79 cents for a gallon of gas. 46 cents of it went straight to the state of Connecticut. And I was frustrated. So was my fellow gas-guzzler Tracy Fusco.

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News
5:23 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

The truth behind Connecticut's gas prices: Part 2

If you’ve ever wondered why gas prices in Connecticut are so high, WNPR’s Neena Satija is finding out this week. Yesterday she explained that a little-known wholesale fuel tax has a lot to do with it. Today she digs into the history of this tax, which will add around 4 cents to the price of a gallon of gas in July.  

No one was ever really supposed to notice that we had a wholesale tax on the price of gasoline in Connecticut. First of all, the oil companies were supposed to pay it – although they passed it on to drivers instead. 

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Behind the Taxes
11:16 am
Fri June 7, 2013

The Truth Behind Connecticut's Gas Prices

This is a three-part series. 

Part 1

Ever wonder why gas prices are so high in Connecticut? A lot of it has to do with state gas taxes very few people know about – taxes that are about to undergo a steep increase. 

So, last week I paid $3.79 per gallon of gas at a North Haven gas station. This made me angry. And I asked my fellow gas-guzzlers – who’s to blame?

“I can’t determine what’s going on or what’s causing it," said one customer.

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News
11:16 am
Fri June 7, 2013

The truth behind Connecticut's gas prices: Part 1

Ever wonder why gas prices are so high in Connecticut? A lot of it has to do with state gas taxes very few people know about – taxes that are about to undergo a steep increase. 

So, last week I paid $3.79 per gallon of gas at a North Haven gas station. This made me angry. And I asked my fellow gas-guzzlers – who’s to blame?

“I can’t determine what’s going on or what’s causing it," said one customer.

“People are making money off it," said another. Other culprits were "oil from the Middle East" and "Saudi Arabia." 

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:15 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Authors of The End of Country and Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm

David Fulmer/flickr creative commons

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News
9:21 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Inside A Green Building

Yale University

In the middle of Yale's gothic campus is a discreet arched building, shaped like a barn. Kroon Hall is one of the world's greenest office buildings. On this Earth week, WNPR's Samaia Hernandez takes us on a tour: 

The 50 environmentally-conscious workers at Kroon Hall love this place.  How much?

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Connecticut
9:21 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Inside A Green Building

Yale University

In the middle of Yale's gothic campus is a discreet arched building, shaped like a barn. Kroon Hall is one of the world's greenest office buildings. On this Earth week, WNPR's Samaia Hernandez takes us on a tour: 

The 50 environmentally-conscious workers at Kroon Hall love this place.  How much?

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News
3:45 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

'It's Time To Start Talking About Climate Change'

Alfred T. Palmer

Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication addressed a crowd that included U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in a town hall-style meeting on climate change. The event was held on March 27 at Yale.

Leiserowitz spoke with WNPR's Ray Hardman.  

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News
3:22 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

First 'Passive House' Built In Harwinton

UI/Energize Connecticut

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Energy Efficient Homes
3:22 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

First 'Passive House' Built In Harwinton

UI/Energize Connecticut

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Renewable Energy
9:47 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Hundreds Drawn To Solar Energy In Connecticut

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Environment
11:46 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Yale Gets Award To Help Grow Solar Energy

Mark Mühlhaus attenzione

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Connecticut
8:23 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Stamford's failed attempt at energy innovation cost taxpayers tens of millions

Tim Coffey

Many of Connecticut's sewer treatment plants are in need of upgrades because of aging infrastructure.  But in the city of Stamford, some observers are blaming an ambitious "waste to energy" plan for taking the city's focus away from needed upgrades. In part 2 of a series about problems with Stamford’s sewer treatment plant,

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Where We Live
11:25 am
Thu January 24, 2013

A Look at Connecticut's Green Energy Programs

Chion Wolf

In his second inaugural address Monday, President Obama addressed the nation on the need for clean and renewable energy, but he might as well have been talking about Connecticut.

Each state has developed its own plan to harness wind, solar, hydro and geothermal power. And by most indicies Connecticut ranks in the bottom half of the states in terms of renewable energy -- far behind our neighbor Massachusetts.

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Clean Burning
5:44 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Malloy Promotes Energy Plan In Woodbridge

As debate continues over Connecticut’s new comprehensive energy plan, Governor Dannel Malloy has been traveling around the state promoting one of its key components: natural gas. On Monday, he visited a high school in Woodbridge which is now heated with natural gas rather than oil. 

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Pipe Lines
5:31 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

State Energy Plan A Threat For Some Businesses

State officials held the first of several public hearings on Connecticut’s new comprehensive energy strategy last night, and many of those who attended voiced their concerns about the plan’s focus on natural gas.

Connecticut’s new energy plan calls for as many as 300,000 homes to be heated with natural gas instead of oil. That doesn’t sit well with the 600 or so home heating oil businesses in the state. Dozens of them said so in Bridgeport yesterday, including David Cohen, who works for Standard Oil of Connecticut. He said his industry could lose thousands of jobs.

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Natural Gas
10:47 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Governor Malloy and Dan Esty Lay Out Their New Energy Strategy

Chion Wolf

With his new energy plan unveiled last week, Governor Dannel Malloy is trying to explode an old stereotype.

"It used to be that you could only be pro-business or pro-environment. Let me say clearly that I reject that as a false choice," said Malloy during the unveiling.

Malloy’s plan is ambitious and wants to increase the state's natural gas usage by more than 250,000 households. It also aims to lower energy bills and increase efficiency.

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Energy Overhaul
12:22 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Energy Plan Makes Bet On Natural Gas

Harriet Jones

The Malloy administration’s new energy overhaul is winning both plaudits and protests. The centerpiece of the policy is a huge investment in natural gas infrastructure, and as WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, it has implications for many businesses in the state.

Governor Dannel Malloy says his new energy policy reframes an old debate.

“It used to be that you could only be pro-business or pro-environment. Let me say clearly that I reject that as a false choice.”

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Coal
8:55 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Connecticut Renews Permit for Bridgeport Harbor Station Coal Plant

The operating permit for Connecticut’s lone coal-fired power plant in Bridgeport was renewed yesterday, after the state received record amounts of public comment.

No one expected the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to deny a permit renewal for the Bridgeport Harbor Coal Plant.

Still, more than 150 people attended a public hearing on the issue in May and more than a hundred local businesses in Bridgeport have publicly supported closing the plant.

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