Articles filed under General from Connecticut

State's energy answer not blowing in the wind

Even as energy experts say the Northeast has great potential for the development of wind energy, they acknowledged last week that Connecticut is not a major part of that optimistic picture. The state does not have a high potential for wind-generated electricity off-shore, and that other sources, including solar, make more sense to pursue, at least in the short term.
12 Dec 2010

Panel favors moratorium on wind farms

A draft resolution by a Town Council subcommittee would call for state legislators to place a moratorium on wind energy projects until state minimum standards are created. ...The four-member subcommittee spent nearly three hours Saturday at Town Hall deciding to recommend a resolution.
12 Dec 2010

Zoning to review wind regulation proposal

Several members of the newly-formed Save Prospect group made emotional appeals to the commission to help them prevent BNE Energy from building two wind turbines near their homes. "The intent is to have some town control over the development of wind farms so it's not strictly only up to Siting Council," said Bill Donnavan, land use official.
3 Dec 2010

Klug Hill wind turbine expected to generate power by fall

Optiwind first attempted to obtain a site at Woodridge Lake in Goshen to construct one of its turbines, but the concept was turned down following months of meetings with the Goshen Planning and Zoning Commission. In the meantime, Klug approached the company asking that they consider his farm as a possible site, in the hopes that having wind energy would lower his farm's high electricity costs.
18 Jul 2010

State denies funds for wind study

As of yet, no alternate source of funding yet exists. However, the committee is scheduled to meet soon, according to Chairman Bob Yamartino, at which time he plans on reviewing other potential funding sources for a wind study. Yamartino's currently looking into the Department of Energy, which he believes may be willing to fund the project.
16 Jul 2010

Advocates of energy bill dismayed by Rell's veto

Jason Ross makes his living installing solar power panels on homes and businesses. His Brookfield-based company, Ross Solar Group, has work lined up for the immediate future. But Ross said the state's Clean Energy Fund has only about $1.5 million to offer homeowners as incentives to add solar panels to their homes.
1 Jun 2010

Topography makes wind power nearly absent here

In the drive for renewable energy, Connecticut is giving up on large-scale wind power, surrendering to poor topography and the limited reach of a shoreline that stops short of the Atlantic Ocean. ...The report said the state's potential to tap into renewable resources is more limited than elsewhere in New England, "due principally to the relatively poor wind resource in Connecticut."
9 May 2010

Wind turbine running soon

A wind turbine being built on Klug Hill Road in Torrington is scheduled to come online for power this summer, according to Optiwind Vice President of Marketing David N. Hurwitt. The turbine being built by Optiwind, the first the company has built, will provide power to Klug Farm, owned by George "Butch Klug".
14 Apr 2010

Becton windmills raise quixotic questions

Last May, 10 one-kilowatt wind turbines were installed on top of the Becton Engineering and Applied Science Center to remind passing Yalies of the University's sustainability efforts. But almost a year later, the turbines' actual economic and energy savings value is still unclear. ...Two Yale engineering faculty members interviewed said they are skeptical the small turbines can generate enough electricity to be cost-effective.
6 Apr 2010

Colebrook might be the future of wind energy in Connecticut

Although few residents seem to realize it yet, this rural town on the eastern edge of the Litchfield hills could well determine the future of wind energy in Connecticut. For the past year, a 180-foot meteorological tower has bobbed above the tree line along Route 44, measuring the wind's speed and constancy to test the feasibility of erecting the state's first commercial wind farm.
1 Mar 2010

Turbine work to begin

Construction on a 199-foot wind turbine on the Klug Hill Farm property is set to begin within the next two weeks, said property owner George "Butch" Klug. ...residents had opposed its construction on grounds it would be noisy and unsightly.
24 Aug 2009

Wind Power: Can it make a profit?

Suddenly it's not so much how sunny or windy a site is, but rather how much money is available. States generally have guidelines to prevent people from installing a solar panel in a forest: Solar projects require a specific exposure to the south, and wind needs a certain expected average speed. But weather conditions vary wildly, and states often don't require businesses to perform tests to verify estimates. The danger: Government money will be poured into renewable projects that won't produce much energy.
4 Jun 2009

'Wind-win' a big loser

This is the perfect feel-good legislation for lawmakers, and they get double green stamps for this one because it also seems to gin up their environmental credentials. But as a practical matter, no state prisons are in Litchfield County where the U.S. Department of Energy says Connecticut's best breezes blow. To be sure, the wind is fierce at times in Cheshire, but conditions can be deathly still in the dog days of summer, when turbines would be reduced to gigantic lawn ornaments and expensive lightning rods.
25 May 2009

City sues Edison over wind energy lines

The city on Thursday announced it is taking legal action against Southern California Edison in order to prevent tall wind power lines from cutting through the city. The announcement was made at a press conference and rally held by the city and CARE (Citizens for the Alternate Routing of Electricity) ..."Under the existing agreements, the proposed power lines are too large and violate the agreements. Plain and simple - we do not believe that Southern California Edison has the legal right to place 198 foot transmission poles within a 150-foot right-of-way. We are suing Southern California Edison to prove this point."
27 Feb 2009

Wind turbines rising 300 feet proposed for Old Lyme Marsh

A local developer has partnered with a former state representative and a self-proclaimed renewable energy expert to tackle an ambitious project that would bring two commercial wind turbines, each about 300 feet tall, to the salt marsh area north of Halls Road. If built, the 3-megawatt wind-turbine project, coined the Huntley Wind Cooperative, would be one of the first in the state used for commercial purposes.
23 Feb 2009

New company wants to harness area's wind power

A new wind energy company has moved into Torrington highlighting their medium-sized wind turbines, which they say are perfect for the moderately windy Connecticut landscape. Optiwind, located in the former Torrington Company building, wants to focus their efforts on providing suitable energy solutions for both public and private entities. Early next year, they are set to install one of their turbines at the Woodridge Lake Sewer District in Goshen. When this occurs, it will be the first commercial wind turbine in the state of Connecticut. ...It is about 200 feet tall and 72 feet in diameter, half the height of a regular industrial turbine.
31 Aug 2008
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