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Wind Power News: Connecticut


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

February 10, 2018 • ConnecticutPrint storyE-mail story

Malloy, DEEP align on doubling clean-energy target

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state’s environmental policy agency are both calling for the amount of clean and renewable power consumed in the state to double between 2020 and 2030. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Wednesday issued a final version of its Comprehensive Energy Strategy , which recommends a target of 40 percent clean energy over the decade, which would be an increase from the 20 percent target scheduled for 2020. Meanwhile, Malloy filed a . . . Complete story »

NECA panelists talk carbon pricing, Northern Pass

AUBURNDALE, Mass. – Speakers at the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Renewable Energy Conference on Feb. 1 discussed the merits and viability of different methods to achieve New England’s aggressive emission reduction goals. These topics included carbon pricing, the Northern Pass transmission project and offshore wind energy. Utility and energy service representatives were joined by state and federal officials. Carbon Tax, Anyone? Michelle Gardner, Northeast director of regulatory affairs for NextEra Energy Resources, promoted her company’s alternative market model, the Forward . . . Complete story »

Lawmakers from 9 states vow to put a price on carbon

Dive Brief: Lawmakers in nine states have formed a coalition to strengthen their efforts at tackling climate issues at the state level, seeking to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions while searching for market-based solutions. Only California has an economy-wide tax on carbon, and some form of that appears to be where the coalition is headed – even if all of the states involved are not on board. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) is opposed to a carbon tax and this . . . Complete story »

ISO study warns of precarious energy future; Most scenarios envision emergency actions, including rolling blackouts

A new study by the operator of the region’s power grid warns that without additional natural gas pipeline capacity New England will face a precarious energy future, where emergency actions such as rolling blackouts are likely to become a reality on several days a year. The fuel security study by ISO-New England examined 23 different scenarios for electricity generation during the winter of 2024-2025 and found that in all but the most optimistic case some sort of emergency action would . . . Complete story »

ISO-NE proposal would drive state-sponsored renewables into wholesale markets

Dive Brief: ISO New England has proposed tariff changes aimed accommodating state-sponsored renewable resources in the region’s Forward Capacity Market (FCM), while still finding a way to guard its competitive pricing mechanisms. The grid operator’s proposed solution calls for a two-stage Forward Capacity Auction (FCA). The first auction would function largely is it does today, but a second stage would include a voluntary substitution auction. Existing resources that just retained supply obligations in the primary capacity auction and “are willing to . . . Complete story »

New England panelists talk ‘trust’ in power project siting

BOSTON – Developing trust is vital for the project siting process, according to panelists speaking at Raab Associates’ 156th New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable last week. “The thing that most undermines a project is when the proponent is seen as not presenting facts, not disclosing things, misrepresenting things,” Conservation Law Foundation President Bradley Campbell told meeting participants. “And it happens more often than you might think.” Patrick Woodcock, assistant secretary of energy with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental . . . Complete story »

Project to bring Canadian hydropower to New England gets federal approval

CONCORD, N.H. – The Department of Energy on Thursday awarded a key permit for a transmission project that would carry hydropower from Canada to more than a million homes in southern New England. The granting of what is called the Presidential permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. First conceived in 2010, the Northern Pass project calls for building a 192-mile electricity transmission line from Pittsburg to . . . Complete story »

September 22, 2017 • ConnecticutPrint storyE-mail story

Connecticut unions, environmentalists want more wind power

The forum’s focus on offshore wind projects does not include support of any wind turbines being built in Long Island Sound, said John Humphries, an organizer with the Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs. “We’re talking about development rights being auctioned off by the federal government in the ocean off of Rhode Island and Massachusetts,” Humphries said. “Massachusetts has an RFP (request for proposals) that is 10 times the size of the Block Island project and some of that energy is going to Connecticut.” Complete story »

Electricity market: Pricing change can mean free power

The fact that renewable energy producers pay people to buy their energy, albeit rarely, raises questions about the subsidies and tax credits they enjoy. "It looks like we are at the point now where the subsidization process has lifted the tide for these folks to the point that they don't need to be a foster child of the government anymore," said Fromuth. "Seems like we have found a way to keep the solar business abundantly cared for, so there is no existential threat to its continued growth, and that's a good thing." Complete story »

June 21, 2017 • ConnecticutPrint storyE-mail story

Glastonbury Hunt Club, town agree to another five-year lease on Winter Hill Farm

The town might be interested in putting a wind turbine or a telecommunications tower on the property in the future, according to Johnson. "There is always a wind up there," Johnson said. "We are looking at a couple of options and we will circle back." Complete story »

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