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Since large-scale hydro is cheaper than the average price of electricity in New England, the state could meet its renewable electricity goals while not relying on the more expensive power from technologies such as solar and fuel cells. T
Ms. Hemingson also spoke out against the likely impact of wind energy in Connecticut at the Nov. 26 hearing on Governor Dannel Malloy’s energy plan in Torrington. The plan was criticized fo—as numerous oil company owners stated—tilting the field towards large natural gas companies, but Ms. Hemingson said that the plan itself acknowldges that “Connecticut has limited wind potential.”
Nationally, demand for electricity is leveling off as residential power use falls, experts say, reversing a long upward trend. More efficient lighting and electric devices are partly credited for the change. New homes also are being built to use less electricity and government subsidies ...help older homes use less power. Rourke said the weak economy also has contributed to reduced electricity use.
Nearly 18 months after the Connecticut Siting Council approved a pair of industrial wind turbines in Colebrook, the turbines have yet to see the light of day, as the main players in the battle over the turbines are still at work.
Cohn, in New Britain Superior Court, rejected all of those arguments, though he did not deny that the turbines could have a real impact on life in Colebrook, for people and animals. Cohn cited precedents that he said required him to reject opponents' arguments because the siting council has wide leeway in making its rulings.
The lack of any existing regulations was one of the main reasons some Colebrook residents opposed the turbines. But the proposed regulations before the Connecticut Siting Council stoked the fires of further opposition, thanks in large part to the setback requirements in the proposal. According to the proposed regulations, turbines need to be at least 1.1 times the turbine's height from any property lines.
What the Siting Council chose to do in response to the new law was to create wind regulations based upon industry favorable siting requirements. States that have accepted development of wind turbines in populated areas are spending much time and money on the effects on neighbors who are truly suffering day to day.
Massachusetts utility regulators gave their approval Wednesday to the merger of Northeast Utilities and Boston-based NSTAR.
The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority reversed itself today and tentatively decided the merger needs the agency's approval after all. The decision means the deal, which Massachusetts regulators have already been scrutinizing for a year, will face a separate review by Connecticut officials.
The approval of two wind farms in the primarily residential town — one of which will be across the street from the Truss household — spurred Truss into action. According to Truss, “The whiole thing was completed behind the scenes,” pointing towards the lack of any discussion of the turbines in Board of Selectmen minutes.
One suit is from FairWindCT and the other was filed by Stella and Michael Somers, the owners of Rock Hall Luxe Lodging, a bed- and-breakfast near one turbine site. They claim the turbines’ impact will hurt their business. Additionally, the litigation claims that that the project is incompatible with Connecticut’s noise statutes.
FairwindCt, a Colebrook citizens group, filed a lawsuit Thursday at Superior Court in New Britain challenging the Connecticut Siting Council's approval of the Colebrook North commercial wind farm project.
FairwindCT, a grass-roots organization that has rallied the community and provided funds to fight the wind power projects proposed by BNE Energy of West Hartford, announced Saturday they are ready to continue their fight.
A local woman is seeking approval of a zoning amendment that would allow property owners to erect small wind power systems on their lots. Julia Roberts of School Street has submitted a regulation text amendment to the Planning and Zoning Commission, which will now schedule a public hearing.
The Connecticut Siting Council officially approved Connecticut second commercial wind farm, joining a project greenlighted last week in Colebrook. ...Before the 2011 Connecticut General Assembly legislative ended on Wednesday, the legislature approved a bill putting a moratorium on wind projects until wind-specific regulations can be written.
The company faces a more detailed review of their plans and possible appeals before any construction can begin. Too long of a delay could jeopardize federal funding that BNE hopes will cover up to 30 percent of the project.
Under the stony glare of a dozen protesters, the Connecticut Siting Council voted 6-1 to approve the second half of a controversial Colebrook commercial wind farm.
One of the reasons that Colebrook South was approved and a similar plan in Prospect was rejected was due to the higher population density in Prospect. The draft findings of fact for Colebrook North reinforce this, as a chart lists the population densities of Connecticut (723 people per square mile), Litchfield County (204) and Colebrook (48).
But Joyce Hemingson, president of FairWindCt, a grassroots opposition group, said the council is ignoring the plight of the 47 Colebrook residents whose homes are located within 2,000 feet of the two Colebrook projects, almost equal to the 53 homes in Prospect.
"I don't understand how this council," Ashton said, "or anybody, could approve trespass on another person's property without explicit permission." While Ashton voted in favor of the draft findings of fact, the council member voted against the draft opinion, which stated that the Connecticut Siting Council favored the turbines. ...Ashton compared the turbines to overhanging trees, asking if neighbors could cut branches that drape over property lines.