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Dec. 17 court date set in Colebrook wind turbines appeal case

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.”
14 Dec 2012

Efficiency cutting New England power use, costs

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 older homes use less power. Rourke said the weak economy also has contributed to reduced electricity use.
13 Dec 2012

Malloy's energy plan sparks controversy

The heating oil industry is not the only group unhappy with the plan. Advocates for greater adoption of renewable energy sources, such as Fight the Hike, also spoke out at the forums, claiming that the plan made too little mention of energy alternatives such as wind and solar power.
30 Nov 2012

Energy's future not wind

Wind power does not represent progress, it's a step backwards. To editorially support a wind farm off Block Island, costing millions of taxpayer and ratepayer dollars in government subsidies and increased rates for electrical users for an unreliable, inefficient and ugly encumbrance on a natural treasure is ill informed and does no service to your readers or the people of Connecticut.
7 Oct 2012

Colebrook Wind Farm opponents lose, in a flawed system

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.
3 Oct 2012

Connecticut Siting Council tackling regulations for future wind turbines

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.
27 Jul 2012

Help save our state from wind turbines

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.
20 Jul 2012

Siting Council proposes new wind regulations

The Connecticut Siting Council, which has sole jurisdiction over renewable energy projects that propose to generate more than 1 megawatt of power, has drafted a set of regulations for wind turbines. The regulations are an outgrowth of reviewing two applications from BNE Energy, Inc., which proposed installing two wind turbines in Prospect and six in Colebrook.
9 May 2012

State lags in renewable energy goals

If Connecticut does not develop more renewable resources, ratepayers could be passed on noncompliance fees of more than $250 million annually by 2022 ...Of all the New England states, Connecticut has the highest target for renewable generation: 20 percent by 2020, but it has few in-state resources to get that power, save for some projects that depend on state-sponsored contracts.
1 Apr 2012

Lack Of alternative energy in NU merger settlement rankles critics

Unlike in the Massachusetts pact, where NSTAR, based in Boston, agreed to buy more than one-quarter of the power generated by Cape Wind, Connecticut negotiators did not reach a deal for the companies to purchase locally generated alternative power. Connecticut officials said in response: Cape Wind's energy is renewable energy, but it's pricey, and they didn't see a value in locking ratepayers into higher generation rates.
25 Mar 2012
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