PACE (People's Action for Clean Energy) "PACE" 88 31 To PACE Our latest postings Tue Nov 13 06:30:01 UTC 2018 Judge rejects claims state official illegally raided energy efficiency funds to balance budget New Haven Register "This (ruling) definitely makes it clear that we need to have the legislature undo their own bad actions..." 2018-11-06 Connecticut Explores its Energy Future at CPES Event RTO Insider "Battery storage, energy efficiency and offshore wind dominated the discussion..., along with the question: Who pays for all this progress?" 2018-11-06 Vote Green The Chronicle Search for candidates who will vote for green legislation. Vote for life, for yourself, your grandchildren and future generations. 2018-11-06 MIT-Yale team spots revelation in Connecticut solar market Newstimes "...researchers found that sales were highest in towns where 'solar ambassadors' touted the benefits of their own systems to neighbors, versus outsiders selling photovoltaic systems." 2018-11-06 Pay close attention to your ballot on Election Day. CT Fund for the Environment "Not only will you be voting for elected officials, you have the opportunity to vote YES on two important questions." 2018-11-06 Connecticut gets first community solar array from Clean Energy Collective and C-TEC Solar Solar Power World This is one of four projects that are part of CT's pilot shared solar program. In 2018, the legislature authorized a full scale program, but regulations need to be written before it can be fully rolled out in 2019 or 2020. 2018-11-06 Lamont during Cheshire campaign stop: Renewable energy 'what our future is about' "Let's go back to funding the Green Bank, let's go back to funding the energy efficiency fund," Lamont said. "That would be a real priority in our first year." 2018-11-06 Climate Change A Moving Target In Governor's Race CT News Junkie "Lamont has stated that transitioning to a sustainable energy future will create thousands of new jobs in the green economy - not destroy jobs as the Trump administration alleges." 2018-10-30 Malloy: Climate change not getting enough attention in governor race News 12 Connecticut "Democratic candidate Ned Lamont has been pushing renewable energy, including wind and solar power." Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski says that the private sector, not taxpayers, must take the lead on addressing climate change. 2018-10-30 The electric car comes of age, right when we need it CT Mirror "Utilities are awakening to the fact that the electrics car could be their biggest new market since air-conditioning,...with much charging [being] done at night, when the grid has plenty of capacity. (Charging in multi-unit an issue; some municipalities are rewriting building codes to require charging infrastructure.) 2018-10-30 Voters to decide if state should create 'legal lockbox' for transportation costs CT Mirror Reducing traffic congestion leads to less air pollution and healthier communities. Less congestion also results in lower greenhouse gas emissions for a healthier climate. 2018-10-30 For Connecticut cybersecurity officer, renewables mean new risks Energy News Network "As we move off conventional sources of energy to more wind, more solar, we've got to make sure new energy sources are as well protected or better protected than the ones we replace."" 2018-10-30 Energy Fund Raids...a costly mistake your legislators can fix. CT Fund for the Environment "Tell your state senator and representative not to raid these [efficiency] funds again and to return the money to ensure cleaner air, lower bills, and economic growth. Together we can fix the mistakes of the past." 2018-10-23 Could a new paint-on finish replace air conditioning? Passive Daylight Radiative Cooling is an ancient idea that's about to make a big comeback. 2018-10-23 Norwich tinkerer takes on do-it-yourself solar energy system The Day A feel good story with insights into process of installing solar. 2018-10-23 Stage Set for Solar Comeback in Massachusetts Solar Energy Industries Association As CT continues to develop its solar policies, Massachusetts provides some lessons. These include rules that increase community solar and reduce fixed fees. 2018-10-23 What To Know About The Transportation Lockbox Question On Connecticut's Ballot WNPR "There is an overwhelming amount of people that are in support of this -- polling was like 75 percent -- but, you've got to make sure that people understand there is a question on that ballot and to make sure that they answer that ballot." Be sure to VOTE YES on Nov 6! 2018-10-23 Air Liquide completes hydrogen fueling station in Hartford Hartford Business Journal The first of many? 2018-10-23 Southington Wants Solar Panels On New Senior Center Roof Hartford Courant The town expects to start saving money as soon as the installation is completed. Five earlier solar projects on town buildings set the stage for another one. 2018-10-23 Three towns honored for sustainability improvements The Chronicle Congratulations to Windham, Coventry and Hebron, which are among the 17 CT towns to achieve bronze status. Next comes silver. 2018-10-17 Wind power execs say deal will give Connecticut greater access New Haven Register "The proposed acquisition of Providence-based Deepwater Wind is part of the natural evolution of an industry that is still in its infancy in North America. Officials with both companies said there will be no layoffs as part of the deal." 2018-10-17 What We Can Learn From Kansas About Wind Power New England News Collaborative "If we took a longer historical view of the New England landscape, and I mean that quite literally, we might be more forgiving of the introduction of technologies like wind and solar." 2018-10-17 ConnectSun Launches in Fairfield, CT Fairfield's Hamlet Hub "The ConnectSun program offers significant cost savings for ratepayers in Fairfield to install solar and battery storage in an effort to increase the reliability of the electric grid." 2018-10-17 The Value & Simplicity of EE to CT Efficiency for All "Yes, even if your friends and family have gone to the dark side and no longer believe in Facts, you can have a safe conversation about energy efficiency." 2018-10-17 Dan Haar: Business, labor join to back transportation lockbox CT Post "Clearly, what's important is that Connecticut raises and spends money on high(er)-speed rail lines and highway improvements so we can reconnect with New York by car and a better Metro-North, and eventually, Boston by train." 2018-10-17 Connecticut zero carbon bid gets 71 solar proposals PV Magazine "This massive RFP will bring a lot of clean energy to an old power grid. The New England region has some of the most expensive electricity in the USA..." 2018-10-12 Electric vehicle advocates urge Connecticut regulators not to forget sector in grid planning New Haven Register "Through this grid modernization proceeding, PURA can set the stage for utility engagement that supports EV deployment, protects consumers, and shares the benefits of EVs more equitably." Both ECGA and PACE recently joined the CT Electric Vehicle Coalition. 2018-10-12 Connecticut agencies say Millstone 'at risk' as Dominion seeks boost in clean energy RFP Utility Dive "If PURA deems Millstone at risk, it would make the nuclear plant eligible for above market rates in the state's solicitation for zero emission resources." 2018-10-12 Coventry honored for green initiatives The Chronicle "We're only one of four communities in the state of Connecticut to get SolSmart gold over the years,..." 2018-10-12 Transportation Lockbox and Sale of Public Land On The Ballot Too CT News Junkie Improving CT's transportation system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. VOTE YES for the lockbox amendment on November 6. (Vote YES for protecting public lands, too.) 2018-10-12 VW settlement funds to green CT vehicle fleets soon Hartford Business Journal Companies and agencies in this first round submitted requests for electric school busses, municipal electric busses, and diesel trucks that would run on compressed natural gas, among others proposals. 2018-10-12 Eversource adds $7M to UConn energy center partnership Hartford Business Journal "...the investment will help the center develop grid resiliency, cyber and physical security and grid modernization." 2018-10-03 Spark Energy hit with second fine Hartford Business Journal In CT, an individual ratepayer can choose her energy provider, but this marketer gives the little used practice a bad name. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), where a town hires a consultant who then recommends a generator that can provide cleaner, cheaper power is one way to improve the process. The local utility continues to deliver the electricity. Too bad CT doesn't allow CCA. 2018-10-03 Viewpoint: Massachusetts needs to shift its energy efficiency strategy Boston Business Journal " is more expensive during peak load times. According to State reports, the top 1% of our energy ad costs 8 percent of the total and the top 10 percent represents 40 percent of the total cost. This means that reducing consumption during peak loads should be prioritized." CT could learn from this. 2018-10-03 More Than $1 Billion Provided By Connecticut Green Bank For Clean Energy Projects Clean Technica Excellent article on current and future plans of the Green Bank. 2018-10-03 California, Maryland, Connecticut gear up to fight US fuel economy rollback S&P Global "California's economy is the fifth largest in the world and has grown as a result of its push for cleaner vehicles...If there were a problem with cleaning up our air it would have showed up in our economy," he said. 2018-10-03 May tornado clears way for solar powered homes News 8 WTNH Homeowners lost trees, but gained solar-suitable roofs. Video and story about how people can now save many dollars over the lifetime of the installation. 2018-10-03 Green Bank hopes carbon credits will jumpstart electric vehicle chargers Hartford Business Journal "By valuing emission reductions we can increase private investment in EV infrastructure, which in turn will help increase consumer demand for EVs..." 2018-09-26 Help protect the climate and create jobs with a transportation lockbox CT Mirror Transportation is a climate issue. On November 6, vote 'Yes' on the Transportation Revenue Lockbox Amendment. 2018-09-26 Could clean energy become an election issue? Hartford Business Journal "A new poll commissioned by the Sierra Club has found strong support for clean and renewable energy among Connecticut voters across the political spectrum" 2018-09-26 Nuclear, Wind Companies Competing To Sell Connecticut 'Zero Carbon' Energy Hartford Courant "We are excited at the idea of creating more than 1,000 jobs and bringing billions in economic benefits to the state with this proposal. — Erich Stephens, Vineyard Wind's chief development officer." 2018-09-26 CT joins anti-coal power alliance Hartford Business Journal "The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will develop new regulations that phase out the use of potent greenhouse gases known to contribute to climate change." 2018-09-26 Plaintiffs hope for quick decision in Connecticut energy fund lawsuit New Haven Register "...the central premise of the plaintiffs’ legal challenge [is] that using ratepayer money for anything other than its intended purpose violates the Contracts Clause of the U.S. Constitution." 2018-09-26 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 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 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 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 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 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