Nuclear Power
11:51 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Powering Connecticut

Dave L. (Wikimedia Commons)

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.

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Fairfield County
10:46 am
Thu July 12, 2012

State, Bridgeport Wrestle With Hot Issue; Coal, Or No Coal?

Neena Satija

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. 

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Energy Efficiency
4:19 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

How Many "Miles-Per-Gallon" Does Your Building Get?

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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.

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A Not-So-Pretty Penny
2:40 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Would You Pay $162 More For Cleaner Electricity?

Kreg Steppe (Flickr Creative Commons)

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.

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Renewable Energy
11:32 am
Tue May 15, 2012

A Call to Close Bridgeport Coal Plant

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.

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Where We Live
10:29 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Nuclear Power After Fukushima

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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Environmental Protection
4:13 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Broadwater Withdraws LNG Project

A controversial plan to build a massive liquefied natural gas plant in the middle of Long Island Sound is over for good. Broadwater Pipeline LLC has asked to withdraw from its federal certificates.

Broadwater, a partnership of Royal Dutch Shell and TransCanda Corporation, wanted to construct a 20-story high floating LNG platform tethered to the bottom of Long Island Sound.

"It was four football fields long. It was going to have an accompanying 27-mile long pipeline."

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8:04 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

After Storm, Conn. Residents Still Without Power



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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.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Would Town-Controlled Power Grids Get the Lights On Faster?

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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.

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Where We Live
10:29 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Day Ten Without Power

Tucker Ives

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.

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Where We Live
10:56 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Shedding Some Light On Light

Chion Wolf

Starting next year, light bulbs will have to be more energy efficient.

The federal regulation signed into law in 2007 (yes, prior to the Obama administration) has some people stocking up on incandescent light bulbs.

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Avoiding Disaster
10:09 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Morning Edition: Preventing Another Kleen Energy Explosion

Photo provided by the US Chemical Safety Board.

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.

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4:17 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Legislators Hold Hearing On Tropical Storm Irene

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.

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Where We Live
10:35 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Still Recovering From Irene

Chion Wolf

Five days ago, Tropical Storm Irene battered Connecticut and put nearly a million utility customers in the dark.

Still, Governor Dannel Malloy says the biggest issue facing the state is “power, power, power, power.”

Homes from Bristol to East Haven have been destroyed by flooding. Outages have pushed back school openings by more than a week in some districts.

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Irene Recovery
5:39 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Malloy Tours Irene Ravaged Areas

Nearly half a million Connecticut residents and businesses are still without power after Hurricane Irene. Governor Dannel Malloy took a tour of storm affected parts of the state Tuesday.

Stopping at a hurricane ravaged beachfront community in Fairfield, Governor Malloy asked for patience in the face of continued outages.

"Energy is going be the big issue, and it's going to be the big issues for the next 7 days. That's a reality."

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5:14 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

The Lights Are On In Jewett City

2:39 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Malloy: Some Could Get Power Back Sooner, Others Later

[Photo credit: Connecticut National Guard]

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Where We Live
10:27 am
Mon August 29, 2011

After Irene

Chion Wolf

Depending on where you live, this storm was either all hype - or a major disaster.

If you had power yesterday, and no trees came down in your backyard, you might have thought - “what’s all the fuss?”  

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Renewable Technology
5:52 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Malloy Visits Solar Company As Part of "Jobs Tour"

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Governor Dannel Malloy continued his “jobs tour” today. He visited a company in Somers, with 121 employees, which designs and manufactures a key component of solar panels. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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Clean Energy
8:18 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Residents Appeal Wind Project In Colebrook

Chion Wolf

A group of Connecticut residents is appealing a decision by the state’s Siting Council to approve the construction of three large wind turbines in the town of Colebrook. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports

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Clean Energy
4:50 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

President's Environmental Advisor Touts Clean Energy Jobs In Connecticut

Nancy Eve Cohen

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.”

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Energy Efficiency
8:11 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Earn $500 To Stay Cool

Nancy Eve Cohen

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.

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Climate Change
3:32 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

Yale Study Finds Global Warming Perspectives Range From ‘Dismissive’ to ‘Alarmed’

Nancy Eve Cohen

Yale researchers released the final report on a national survey of American attitudes towards climate change . WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports.

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1:59 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Supreme Court Rejects Global Warming Case, Affirms E.P.A.'s Responsibility

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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.

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10:42 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Natural Gas Taxis and Fueling Stations are Coming to Connecticut

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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.

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5:59 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Colebrook Wind Farm Approved Amidst Protests

Nancy Eve Cohen

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.

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3:01 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

House And Senate Approve Huge Energy Bill

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The House and Senate have passed a large energy bill designed to create a new Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports the Governor is expected to sign it.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:21 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

The Alternative Energy All-Stars

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Today's show is intended mainly to answer questions about ways you can adapt your own living space to use alternative energy sources.

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