PACE (People's Action for Clean Energy) "PACE" 88 31 To PACE Our latest postings Fri Sep 21 06:30:02 UTC 2018 Working Together for 100% Renewable Energy in Connecticut Thursday, November 8 11:00 am – 2:00 pm 224 EcoSpace 224 Farmington Ave. Hartford People's Action for Clean Energy (PACE) invites you to a hands-on workshop to accelerate Connecticut's transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. The event features a keynote address from Mark Z. Jacobson, Director of the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University. Order Tickets $25; Students $10 includes lunch 2018-09-19 Amid closures, CT sees a wave of new power plants Hartford Business Journal "This is the first major building boom for power plants we're seeing in about 10 to 15 years." And most are natural gas plants. 2018-09-18 Interest groups tangle over fracking waste ban ordinances Hartford Business Journal "…If towns adopt [CCM's] ordinance, they could leave themselves open to public health problems and costly remediation," said Jen Siskin, Food & Water Watch's local coordinator. 2018-09-18 Analysis: US East Coast could build nearly 9 GW of offshore wind capacity over next decade S&P Global "The New York Energy Research and Development Authority estimated a typical residential customer's bill would rise by less than 76 cents/month for the first 400 MW of developed capacity." 2018-09-18 Simsbury Settles With Deepwater Wind On Solar Project Hartford Courant A real win for clean energy and good faith negotiations. Here is an interesting side note. In the tristate purchasing RFP, Connecticut's energy officials rejected the Simsbury project because they believed the electricity it would produce was too expensive. Massachusetts and Rhode Island officials disagreed and approved the project. Who is evaluating cost correctly, CT...or MA and RI? 2018-09-18 Electric vehicle market growing, but fed attitude complicates picture Westfair Communications "“This is a decision to ignore all of the warnings on air quality and on greenhouse gas emissions and say to Connecticut, and other states who are struggling to address air pollution, 'screw you'," [said] Rob Klee, commissioner of CT DEEP. 2018-09-18 New Community Solar Opportunities In Western Massachusetts Solar Industry As Connecticut begins develops regulations and tariffs for its own shared solar program, this is what community solar looks like in a neighboring state. 2018-09-18 Shared Solar Notice of Proceedings DEEP The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) will be creating the regulations for the Shared Community Energy Facilities program during 2018 and 2019. This is the schedule for public comment on their proceedings. 2018-09-11 Bloomfield shared-solar project delayed until 2019 Hartford Business Journal This is one of the three projects created under a 5MW pilot program. The legislature approved an expanded program in 2018 that will allow up to 25MW of shared solar per year for six years. 2018-09-11 National Drive Electric Week Drive Electric 10 events spread across CT, from Fairfield to Pomfret. Talk to people who actually own all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Compare models, join the celebration, see what all the fuss is about! 2018-09-11 Connecticut public-private partnership deploys solar to underserved communities Energy News Network In Connecticut, a private solar company is working with the state's green bank to help low-income homeowners save money on their energy bills. 2018-09-11 Distributed solar saved ISO-NE consumers $20M during July heatwave, report says Utility Dive People with solar on their homes and businesses are providing a service to other electricity ratepayers. The story is a counterpoint to the 'free rider' narrative pushed by utilities. PV Magazine also has a good article on grid savings due to solar. 2018-09-11 Tesla Eyes Former Dragone Motors Property Westport NOW It's not clear that Connecticut's law on auto dealerships will allow this, but it's a hopeful sign. 2018-09-06 Are regulators starting to rethink fixed charges? Utility Dive Connecticut's recent reduction of the fixed monthly charge from $19.25 to $9.21 may be part of an emerging trend. 2018-09-06 2 Ways to Ban Frack Waste Republican American Food & Water Watch has based its model ordinance on the same one used by 156 towns in New York state. 2018-09-06 The U.S. is on the verge of an offshore wind revolution Yale Connections Good overview that includes Connecticut, from arguably the best environmental journalist in our state. 2018-09-06 Pollinator habitats: The bees' knees of rural solar development Utility Dive As Connecticut grapples with utility-scale solar siting issues, this approach should be part of the discussion. 2018-09-06 When coal goes low, Colorado goes Rocky Mountain High Xcel, the state's largest utility, will now retire two coal plants 10 years ahead of schedule, replacing them with wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries. 2018-09-01 Efficiency contractor: CT funding raid taking its toll Hartford Business Journal "I know three companies that have closed already." NOTE: A date for the lawsuit challenging the efficiency funds sweep was just been set for September 13, 9:00am in New Haven superior court. The plaintiffs would welcome a show of support in the courtroom by efficiency and clean energy advocates. 2018-08-28 Connecticut Finally Makes a Commitment to Offshore Wind Connecticut Magazine Good summary of where things stand now. Notable for being in a general interest magazine. 2018-08-28 Darien-based Greenworks invests in Connecticut car dealerships Stamford Advocate Another successful C-PACE project, saving the owner money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 2018-08-28 Possible storm damage could have sparked Danbury roof-top solar panel fire Newstimes Such fires are rare now and even rarer with recent regulations and equipment. 2018-08-28 How Do Electric Utilities Make Money? Advanced Energy Economy Surprisingly, it's not by selling electricity (at least in CT and other deregulated markets). To change the utility business model, you need to understand how it works now. Article plus webinar. 2018-08-28 Critics of Major Solar Project Challenge State Siting Council Approval Hartford Courant Yet for Connecticut to meet it's renewable energy targets, utility scale solar needs to be part of the mix. In this letter, 9 Points About the Solar Project, the developer of one of the projects cited above rebuts some of the arguments made by critics. Similar challenges face our neighbor, Rhode Island. 2018-08-18 A 19th-century solution to heat homes is helping the world cut emissions Quartz Heat pumps are a "humble solution" to a big challenge problem, namely how to heat and cool our homes and businesses without fossil fuels. If you are a renewable energy advocate, it's worth knowing about heat pumps. 2018-08-18 New England Clean Energy Legislative Roundup RTO Insider Interesting review of 2018, ranging from Connecticut's "most important energy bill" in seven years, to Massachusetts taking "baby steps," to Rhode Island taking what might turn out to be a "regrettable pause." 2018-08-18 Offshore wind energy developer reconfigures proposed layout Cape Cod Times It appears that offshore wind farms can be made to be compatible with commercial fishing. 2018-08-18 Ocean State Job Lot relighting stores Hartford Business Journal 28 stores of this 131 store chain are in CT. The annual savings of 17.4 kwh is roughly equivalent to building an 11.5 MW solar field and will save the company about $2.7 million every year. 2018-08-18 Plan to revitalize Connecticuti's ports and marine economy CT Post "The five-year plan focuses on the State Pier in New London, which is being retrofitted to serve as a material staging and shipping point for offshore wind power projects near Block Island." 2018-08-18 Massachusetts Legislature Approves Higher Renewable Portfolio Standard Clean Technica "With this bill, the Massachusetts Legislature took baby steps when what is needed are giant strides..." 2018-08-14 CT Green Bank takes novel approach to preserve clean-energy mission Hartford Business Journal "In an unusual move for a state entity, the quasi-public Connecticut Green Bank has spun out a nonprofit to help it carry on several key energy-efficiency programs amid a major funding crunch." 2018-08-14 Massachusetts utilities sign contracts to import Canadian hydropower Utility Dive The hope is that it will be a, "...highly cost-effective source of clean energy generation for Massachusetts customers that could cut retail bills by 2 to 4 percent and reduce the region's reliance on natural gas to produce electricity." 2018-08-14 Quantu''s latest Southington energy-saver Hartford Business Journal This innovative biogas operation has now added solar. The facility should be replicated elsewhere in the state. 2018-08-14 First 'cohousing' project in Connecticut comes to Bethany New Haven Register The Rocky Corner Co-Housing project has a strong sustainability component that can serve as a model for residential developers. 2018-08-14 Police Department in Cheshire will get carport with solar panels New Haven Register "...the deal with Greenskies Renewable Energy will allow the department to save $6,000 annually on its electric bill without having to spend a dime." 2018-08-14 CTGBC/CT Passive House Happy Hour August 15, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Brewport Brewing Co. 225 South Frontage Rd Bridgeport, CT 06604 Take a break from the summer heat and join CTGBC and CT Passive House (CTPH) for a networking happy hour at the Brewport Brewing Co. 2018-08-03 Electrification of the Heating Sector: Exploring Consumer Choices September 20, 2018 Noon - 3:30 p.m. Save the date. 2018-08-03 Developer pitches 108-unit Newington apartment project near busway A Massachusetts-based developer that has been active building new apartments in Greater Hartford is eyeing a $32 million transit-oriented development on a long-vacant lot near a CTfastrak station in Newington. 2018-07-31