In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan, Germany is undertaking a massive effort to eliminate its eight nuclear power plants. It will rely on more wind and solar power, and less on coal.
The Germans may spend as much as $250 billion over the next several years just to get this plan started. Japan, meanwhile, despite a worried public, is still considering how much nuclear power they want to have part of their future energy mix.
As the nation sheds the idea of “clean coal” for plentiful and even cleaner natural gas, environmental activists are hoping that they can push Connecticut to abandon coal as a power source. But that’s easier said than done.
The Bridgeport Harbor Station has been a fixture in this city for decades. Now primarily a coal-burning plant, it’s one of the city’s biggest taxpayers, and it's capable of powering about half a million customers. For Tamara Wood, who lives down the street from the plant, it’s this sound.
Business leaders, policymakers, and advocates gathered in Stamford for a two-day summit on energy efficiency this week. High up on the agenda was finding a way to encourage businesses to track their own energy usage so they can reduce their emissions and save money.
You probably know how many miles per gallon your car gets. But what about a similar kind of rating for the building you work in? Or the building you live in? Most of us have no idea, and it would be pretty hard to find out.
There's been a lot of talk and some political movement toward a national standard for the use of clean energy. But the topic is still rife with politics. Researchers at Yale and Harvard have released a study that says Americans on average would be willing to pay $162 per year in higher electricity bills to fund a national standard requiring that 80% of energy be "clean."
But "clean" has different meanings for different people.
Environmentalists have been trying for years to shut down Connecticut’s last remaining coal-burning power plant. They could make more headway on that goal this year, since the power plant’s operating permit is up for renewal. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports on a public hearing held on the matter last night in Bridgeport, where the plant is located.
It’s been a year since the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a new conversation about nuclear power.
In his new documentary series called “Burn: An Energy Journal” - public radio pioneer Alex Chadwick is back with a report examining the future of nuclear power after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. It premeires this weekend on WNPR and we’ll get a preview.
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More than a week after a freak October snowstorm, tens of thousands of Connecticut residents are still without power. Jeff Cohen reports that some roads remain blocked by downed trees and power lines, and anger is growing over the pace of the restoration effort.
JEFF COHEN, BYLINE: Walter Tobias came to Simsbury Town Hall to ask for help. The 78-year-old has no power at home, and his sick wife is stuck in a rehab center.
Jewett City, a community of 2.5 square miles in southeastern Connecticut, has its own power company, owned by the town. There are seven non-profit companies like this in the state. They're small, which means they can coordinate closely with other branches of government. Heck, they can coordinate with branches on trees.
CL&P said they’d have power back on by Sunday night - but none of us - including Governor Malloy - were surprised when that didn’t happen. Now, Malloy is one of many state officials launching an investigation into the power company’s response. He’s hired former FEMA director James Lee Witt to oversee the investigation, which is due December 1.
The Courant’s Chris Keating still doesnt have power in Simsbury and we want to hear from you. How’s it looking in your town? We’ll have an update with Keating on power outages, lawsuits, investigations.
It's been nineteen months since the Kleen energy power plant explosion in Middletown killed six and injured nearly 50 workers. Now, the National Fire Protection Association has issued recommendations to avoid such a disaster at other natural gas plants. Joining us is the President of the National Fire Protection Association, James Shannon.
Municipal officials are giving Connecticut utility companies mixed reviews for their power restoration efforts following Tropical Storm Irene. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, today/yesterday was the first of two legislative hearings on the storm. They praised the work of the crews.
President Obama’s key environmental policy advisor visited Connecticut today. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports her tour began at UTC Power in South Windsor.
Nancy Sutley chairs the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Environmental Commissioner Dan Esty took a ride on a fuel-cell powered bus, got a look at UTC Power’s manufacturing facility and saw fuel cells up close.
“Over here we have the PEM fuel cell that powers the bus.”
As the summer heats up the electric utilities in Connecticut are offering incentives to consumers to improve the efficiency of their central air conditioning systems, as well as their furnaces. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week against Connecticut and other states who wanted the court to compel power companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports, the Supreme Court says it’s the E.P.A.’s job to regulate global warming pollution.
WASHINGTON -- As T. Boone Pickens lobbies Congress to enact subsidies for the natural gas industry, the Texas oil and gas tycoon also is bringing his zeal for natural gas vehicles to Connecticut in a deal involving a non-profit corporation, two taxi companies and millions in stimulus dollars.
The Connecticut Siting Council has voted to approve the second of two wind projects in Colebrook. The Council approved turbines that are shorter than the ones the company originally proposed. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports a number of protesters were there for the vote.