PACE (People's Action for Clean Energy) "PACE" 88 31 To PACE Our latest postings Mon Jan 21 06:30:01 UTC 2019 Ramping up renewable energy remains lawmakers' focus in 2019 The Day We hope the incoming administration will support a more aggressive approach to offshore wind procurement and investment in order to take full advantage of the economic opportunity this industry represents. 2019-01-15 Large-scale solar project proposal in final stages The NK Standard Times This 50 MW system in Rhode Island will be built on a converted gravel pit. "When the project reaches the end of its operational life, the component parts can be dismantled and recycled. The project components will be dismantled and removed using minimal impact conventional construction equipment and recycled or disposed of safely," the decommissioning plan reads. 2019-01-15 Hearing set for Thursday on solar farm Journal Inquirer The [19.6 MW] project helps Connecticut meet its renewable energy goals, and the solar farm will be a source of reliable, recurring tax revenue estimated to exceed $6 million over the project's 20-year contract term. 2019-01-15 Under New Management, New London Pier Looks To Capitalize On Offshore Wind WNPR Scott Bates with the Connecticut Port Authority said Gateway's winning bid hinged primarily on two things: long-term vision and money to invest. 2019-01-15 Clean energy advocates push for aggressive electric vehicle roadmap The Day "The Connecticut EV Coalition - a mix of clean energy advocates, labor and environmental groups - recently urged the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to address "a range of barriers to electric vehicle adoption including vehicle purchase price, lack of consumer education and information, and range anxiety due to inadequate publicly-accessible charging infrastructure." 2019-01-06 Nuclear wins big in clean energy competition - and not just Millstone CT Mirror "The future is off-shore wind, solar, geothermal, and smart strategies for efficiency and energy storage - but the small investments in these newer resources compared to the heavy investment in nuclear largely don't reflect that. Instead the state has doubled down on the energy sources of the past." And yet, "Should the [Millstone] close, it's likely that carbon-emitting plants, such as those fired by natural gas, would replace much of its output." 2019-01-06 How we can combat climate change Washington Post A New Year's broad view of what needs to be done nationally and here in Connecticut. 2019-01-06 Vagaries Of The Energy Market: A Boom In Renewables Leads To Higher Rates For Co-op Vermont Public Radio If you read about renewable energy markets or financing, you eventually run into the idea of renewable energy credits (RECs), yet most of us have only a vague sense of what they are. This story clears up some of the mystery. 2019-01-06 New England power grid expected to meet winter demand MassLive Last winter demonstrated just how much the weather can impact power system operations, not just in terms of consumer demand for electricity, but in the ability of generators to access fuel. 2019-01-02 PURA chair Katie Dykes named DEEP commissioner CT Mirror "That’s a fantastic choice," said Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-Westport. He has been a member of the Energy and Technology Committee and is widely thought to be the leading contender as House co-chair. "She's the brightest most experienced on energy you could possibly have. I have a lot of faith in her. She's whip-smart." 2019-01-02 Northeast states pledge to cut transportation emissions The Hill Emissions from transportation account for the largest portion of the region's carbon pollution and a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that ambitious reductions are needed within the next decade to avoid dangerous impacts to public health, infrastructure, and the environment. 2019-01-02 Greenhouse gas emissions continue to decline in New England The Day "New England states have pushed toward cleaner construction and tougher building codes; more efficient lighting, appliances and cooling; electric vehicle rebates; and incentives for home energy audits and solar installations." Natural gas has also played a major role. 2019-01-02 An Auction For Wind Lots Off The Massachusetts Shore Breaks Records New England News Collaborative The big news was that they sold for about \$135 million dollars each, which was more than \$1,000 per acre. It's a huge amount of money, and it was beyond surprising. 2019-01-02 3 Forestry Grads Take On The Green World New Haven Independent It's a way to democratize the access of not just investing, but also owning and benefiting from clean energy infrastructure that we need to build. 2019-01-02 New England Talks Solar, Storage and Public Policy RTO Insider The grid modernization proceeding [Case 17-2-03] in Connecticut is a really promising opportunity 2018-12-25 New gas pipelines: An expensive risk our ratepayers and environment can't afford CT Mirror We...need to ask ourselves if we need more gas pipelines at all, and if so, who should pay for them? 2018-12-25 CT wind, fuel cell projects win long-term contracts Hartford Business Journal In all, the five projects total 252 megawatts of generating capacity, and are expected to produce 4.6 percent of the state's annual energy consumption. 2018-12-25 New London port faces dynamic decade The Day The city's underutilized port should become a bustling industrial area servicing the explosive growth of green energy technology, a staging area for large wind farms developed offshore and feeding a hungry northeastern grid. 2018-12-25 Regulator trims Eversource gas-rate request Hartford Business Journal It also allows for the replacement of leak-prone gas mains and credits customers with 100 percent of the tax savings the company received under the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, PURA said. 2018-12-25 Judge: Tesla is selling out of Greenwich "gallery" CT Post Despite not being able sell in Connecticut, there were about 1,600 Tesla vehicles registered in the state this past spring and 3,000 orders have been placed by Connecticut residents for the Model 3, a company spokesperson has said. 2018-12-18 Orsted, Eversource tout proposal, plans for New London The Day "We are looking at New London State Pier as being a world-class installation harbor for offshore wind projects coming down the pike," Chaytors said. "We plan to be here a long time. There's an opportunity for continual developments. We're not talking about a two- or three-year period. This could be 15 to 20 years." 2018-12-18 Massachusetts town requires PV installations at all new commercial buildings PV Tech This is the most remarkable amendment to a zoning code that we've read about in a long time. 2018-12-18 CT'S Clean Energy Battles Transition From Malloy to Lamont CT Mirror All roads lead essentially to the rapidly failing utility business model - that's the problem. 2018-12-18 Warming winters, waters to plague Connecticut New Haven Register The symptoms of climate change are already being seen in Connecticut with flooding along the coast, downed trees during more severe storms and warming waters pushing fish further north. 2018-12-18 Mansfield residents voice, support, concerns on school plan The Chronicle The proposed Mansfield school may become the first zero energy K-12 school in Connecticut. Stay tuned. 2018-12-18 Middletown pilot program aims to remove barriers to energy efficiency Hartford Courant A small group of city officials and volunteers is developing a new way to provide efficiency upgrades for some of Middletown's lowest-income residents. This program is worth watching as it continues into the future. 2018-12-11 The Future Of Connecticut's Changing Climate WNPR "John Dankosky hosts a conversation on climate change, clean energy, and how communities are coping. The show was recorded live at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, with climate game changers, including author and activist Bill McKibben." 2018-12-11 Southington company converts to solar power Hartford Courant "Southington company converts to solar power" 2018-12-11 PURA maintains "at risk" status for Millstone Hartford Business Journal "Connecticut's procurement of zero-carbon energy, meaning nuclear, wind and solar, lured dozens of bids in September. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) could choose winning bids by year-end." 2018-12-11 Acadia Center: Connecticut economy would get big boost from clean energy efforts New Haven Register "A New England environmental group with offices in Connecticut is urging Gov.-elect Ned Lamont to improve transportation infrastructure and bolster clean energy efforts, saying such efforts would not only improve the health of the state's residents, but add 33,000 new jobs and $11 billion in economic benefits." 2018-12-11 Connecticut's Vanishing Shoreline: One Storm Away From Disaster CT Mirror "A big part of the problem is the federal government's flood insurance and emergency management systems, which are designed to replace what was there before a storm. It's a philosophy that confounds climate scientists and shoreline experts..." 2018-12-04 "Idiosyncrasies Of Connecticut EV Rebates - The Politics Of Dealerships & State EV Incentives? Clean Technica "As of October 15th, 2018, the fully electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) requirements are increasing and the max rebate amount for a BEV is being decreased. On the face of it, this could be seen as a natural expression of the maturation of the EV market and good dynamic state policy. The specifics and timing are not so sweet smelling, however, and may be due to some dealerships having a very powerful voice in the state." 2018-12-04 CT's energy demand, emissions fall as renewables grow Hartford Business Journal "Since 2007, electricity sales have fallen nearly 18 percent here, compared to a national dip of just 1 percent." Energy efficiency policies work; the swept funds need to be restored. 2018-12-04 With renewed pledge on renewables, Connecticut at solar milestone CT Post "Lamont has said he wants to streamline permitting to spur more solar arrays at warehouses, parking lots and brownfield sites, among other possibilities...[and]] would protect funding for the Connecticut Green Bank that has been emulated in other states as a way to finance projects..." 2018-12-04 Environmental Groups Appeal Energy Sweeps Ruling CT Post "We are confident in our legal arguments that a contractual relationship existed between the state and the ratepayer who paid into the energy programs, and that the sweep of the funding was an unconstitutional and illegal tax that has harmed the plaintiffs and other ratepayers." 2018-12-04 New Haven College Cuts Ribbon On 770 kW Solar Carport System Solar Industry "The project is expected to offset approximately 30% of Albertus Magnusƍ annual electricity consumption." 2018-12-04 E4TheFuture Connecticut Gains Clean Energy Leadership E4 the Future Lamont has pledged to "support our state's Energy Efficiency Fund and Green Bank" and to "never support a budget that raids these programs." 2018-11-27 Connecticut utility regulators say Millstone Nuclear Power Plant 'at risk' of closing New Haven Register "Dominion Energy, the Virginia-based company that owns Millstone, has claimed for several years that economic conditions in the nation’s energy markets are making it difficult for the utility to keep operating the plant if it not allowed to compete for lucrative long-term contracts that are awarded to the winners of the zero-carbon auction." 2018-11-27 Conn. Uses VW Settlement To Upgrade Diesel Vehicles WHSU " When you look at the lifetime cost, electric vehicles have a challenge in having high upfront costs, but really over the lifetime cycle they're much more cost-effective. The fact that we had two[[electric vehicle proposals] out of 56 bids shows us that we need to work more to get the word out about the long-term benefits, both in terms of reducing emissions and cost savings." 2018-11-27 Connecticut, cautiously, weighs potential for modern electric grid Hartford Business Journal "One investment that's considered by many to be mandatory for modernization is installing smart meters, which can send and receive data from the utility company, allowing for more frequent usage data than the typical once-a-month manual meter read." Connecticut ranks 38th in smart meter deployment. 2018-11-27