Greg Stroud is a quiet, thoughtful academic with limited experience in civic engagement, but he transformed into a relentless community organizer and grass-roots lobbyist after learning of a proposal from Washington, D.C., aimed at boosting the speed and capacities of trains in the Northeast Corridor.
That proposal from the Federal Railroad Administration included construction of a bypass from Old Saybrook to Rhode Island that would have resulted in running high-speed trains through his town of Old Lyme — a plan he says would ruin the artist colony’s historical nature and unique culture.
HARTFORD: Opponents to a subsidy for the Millstone Nuclear Plant owned by Dominion Resources [NYSE: D] have released a report that claims that The Millstone Nuclear Plant in Waterford is “projected to be the most profitable nuclear plant in the United States between now and 2019.”
While opposition to subsidies for the Millstone plant has surfaced from legislators, consumer groups including ARRP Connecticut, the Stop the Millstone Payout appears to be primarily financed by compteting power companies.
STAMFORD: Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. [Nasdaq:RVLT] announced that its operating division, Energy Source, has been named a program contractor within a new Small Business Energy Advantage Program (SBEA) administered by The United Illuminating Company. The program is designed to help commercial and industrial customers with peak energy demand between 10kW and 200kW per month to save money by identifying and offering cost-effective energy efficient turnkey solutions.
Since 2009, Energy Source has implemented energy reduction programs within several Massachusetts small business programs managed by Eversource, National Grid and UNITIL.
Energy Source's territory within this new program will cover 18 Connecticut towns -- Ansonia, Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Hamden, Long Island Sound, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Shelton, Stratford, Trumbull, West Haven, and Woodbridge -- supporting approximately 20,000 commercial and industrial customers with energy efficient retrofit opportunities. This includes the installation of high efficiency lighting solutions, including Revolution LED products that the company says are “capable of reducing existing lighting energy use by more than 65%.”
SBEA program contractors enable small businesses to reduce energy costs by identifying and implementing cost-effective energy efficient opportunities, promote education to encourage replacement of existing equipment with high efficiency options and procure financial incentives. The program will address technologies including lighting, controls, HVAC and motor upgrades, refrigeration controls, and other measures to reduce both electric and gas consumption. The program is funded by The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund.
Robert V. LaPenta, CEO of Revolution Lighting, said of the agreement, "we look forward to working closely with the many businesses throughout the state, offering multi-measure energy efficiency opportunities, including LED lighting, to help them reduce long term operational costs."
Revolution Lighting was selected as the fastest growing technology company in Connecticut 2016 by the Connecticut Technology Council. The company says it has completed more than $25 million worth of projects for small businesses in 2016.
Connecticut has a love-hate relationship with wind power. Okay, so far it’s mostly hate.
While wind power is soaring nationally – now accounting for the most renewable generating capacity in the U.S. electric grid – eclipsing hydro for the first time late last year, Connecticut has been a laggard.
There are just a couple of utility-scale turbines in Colebrook – the upshot of citizen opposition followed by a three-year moratorium while siting regulations worked their way through the state’s bureaucracy. Only now is a small amount of wind even being attempted again.
State plans to buy wind power from Maine have been stalled by insufficient transmission capacity to get it here.
State legislators are grappling for the second year in a row over whether to allow the owners of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station to sell electricity to Connecticut’s utilities.
Whether the measure is enacted, or stalls as it did last year, may hinge on whether lawmakers can pull off the ultimate balancing act.
The keys to opening the mainstream market temporarily to Dominion Resources?
ROCKY HILL: The Connecticut Green Bank announced the winners of its 2016 PACEsetter Awards during a ceremony in early March at the Energize Connecticut Center in North Haven.
According to an announcement by the Green Bank, “the award winners are the driving force behind the success of the Green Bank’s Commercial Property Clean Energy (C-PACE) program.”
The Connecticut Green Bank was established by the Connecticut General Assembly in 2011 as the nation’s first full-scale “green bank.” For more information about the Connecticut Green Bank, visit www.ctgreenbank.com.
SPRINGFIELD, MA: The reality of train service from New Haven, to Springfield appears to get more real every day. In early February, the Springfield Mass. Development Authority unveiled the renovated Union Station. Springfield will host a black tie event for the public in June to celebrate the opening.
The massive once bustling transportation hub has been waiting silently for more than forty years to see a revival. A small portion of the station was used for Amtrak service.
The New CTrail Hartford Line rail service and the MGM Casino both helped bring new life to the building and a $94 million renovation.
First constructed in 1926 by the Boston & Albany Railroad to replace a smaller rail a facility and it was utilized by the New York, New Haven & Hartford, Central New England Railway and Boston & Maine railroads.
Connecticut’s Bond Commission approved $50 million also in February,for design and permitting of commuter stations from North Haven to Enfield. The new CTrail Hartford Line will launch in 2018 increasing the number of round trip trains from six daily Amtrak intercity and regional trains to a total of 17 round trip trains a day to Hartford, and 12 trains per day to Springfield.
HARTFORD: The Springfield-Hartford- New Haven railroad line appears to be staying on track with as the State Bond Commission has approved $50 million in additional funding.
The funding will support the design and environmental permitting for new CTrail Hartford Line stations in North Haven, Newington, West Hartford, Windsor, Windsor Locks and Enfield as well as 7.5 miles of double track from Windsor to Enfield Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker said, “The funding approved by the State Bond Commission reinforces our State’s continued commitment to providing new regional passenger rail service on the Hartford Line.”
The new CTrail Hartford Line will launch in 2018 increasing the number of round trip trains from six daily Amtrak intercity and regional trains to a total of 17 round trip trains a day to Hartford, and 12 trains per day to Springfield.
The majority of the existing rail stations will be replaced and several new stations will be built. The expanded service and new stations are expected to increase ridership, improve the high speed and passenger rail system serving the northeast, expand intermodal transportation options, encourage economic development and create more livable and sustainable communities.