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The plan supports proposed changes to state laws governing how much of which type of energy the state should promote. Ratepayers suffer when the state falls short of its renewable energy targets, as is expected this year, Esty said. The main reason: State incentives have gone to the wrong technologies, he said.
The underlying issue in New England is that gas pipeline capacity is inadequate to keep prices steady in times of high home heating demand, said Vamsi Chadalavada, executive vice president and chief operating officer of ISO New England. ISO is leading a study focused mainly on reliability, but reliability is intertwined with price, he said.
Energy-efficiency programs in the six New England states have proved so effective at reducing demand that we can put off building a quarter-billion dollars' worth of planned upgrades to electric transmission towers and lines, according to the agency that runs the region's power grid.
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.
Connecticut already has renewable portfolio standard (RPS) of 20% and may seek to increase it. But to do that may require the inclusion of hydropower from Canada to meet that goal, an energy source not currently qualified as renewable under existing rules.
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.
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.
Connecticut and Massachusetts negotiated agreements with the two companies that set the stage for regulatory approval. In Massachusetts, Northeast Utilities and NStar agreed to buy more than a quarter of the power that would be produced by the proposed Cape Wind offshore wind farm as a condition of the deal.
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.
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.
A federal order issued last fall is intended to make it easier to construct transmission lines, costly and controversial projects that are notoriously tough to build.
The standard calls for 20 percent of the state's electricity to come from renewable resources such as solar and wind by 2020. The cost of meeting this standard could climb as high as $2.9 billion over the next nine years - as much as $100 annually for ratepayers - but that price tag could be sharply reduced if low-cost hydropower is included.
This amendment would have halted construction on BNE Energy's turbines in Colebrook until suitable regulations could be drafted. As passed, the bill simply stops the Connecticut Siting Council from acting on any petitions for wind turbines before regulations could be drafted.
Rigby added that there will be three public hearings on the bill for the purpose of soliciting input, "which will be very important." While the process of drafting regulations could take a year, Rigby said he was hopeful that the regulatory process could be completed sooner.
The state House of Representatives Tuesday voted 132-6 to approve a bill requiring the state to require state agencies to develop specific regulations for the approval of wind turbine electricity-generation projects, after two recent wind-power proposals have sparked major controversies.
Since BNE is the first company seeking to put commercial wind farms in Connecticut, it will be setting the legal standard if the projects are approved, Corey said. "In essence, their decision sets the regulations for future projects," Corey said.
Save Prospect tackled each of the council's findings. Among the comments were that it disputes the facts or characterization, no final plans or "competent evidence" support the findings or the facts are irrelevant. The group in general wants the council to include its pre-filed testimony and evidence in the findings.
Even if there were no issues such as health concerns and property value, it should matter when a person wants their life respected and their dreams honored. This is America. The people of Prospect (saveprospect.com) who are trying to preserve their neighborhood are only asking for the respect that all of us deserve.
Rep. Vickie Nardello's controversial bill to regulate the siting of wind turbines squeaked through the legislature's Planning and Development Committee Monday by just one vote. ...If passed in its present form the legislation will ultimately kill a proposal for a wind farm in Prospect, where Nardello lives, and Colebrook.
People in Connecticut support wind power as long as noisy, unsightly turbines are put in other people's backyards. Even if BNE's fondest wishes came true, Connecticut's wind would produce only 100 megawatts, or barely 1 percent of the demand on an average summer day. Consequently, minuscule overstates wind power's niche.