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Connecticut looking for new ways to fund its parks

A crowded day at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.

Faced with a $2 million dollar cut to the Connecticut parks budget, the legislature is considering a new funding model. With 140 state parks and forests, the state is poised to join a trend among states of cobbling together park funding from an array of sources. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut legislators set energy agenda for 2015

Sen. Paul Doyle, center, consults with staff at start of Energy and Technology Committee. At right is his co-chair, Rep. Lonnie Reed.

With a packed audience of lobbyists waiting and watching, a legislative committee approved three dozen bills Tuesday that define the General Assembly’s relatively modest ambitions on energy policy in 2015. The more significant bills would ban variable electric rates for residential customers, cap the fixed-costs portion of electric bills and authorize state officials to explore expanding the supply of natural gas in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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A storm rages over CT’s stormwater

A stormwater catch basin in Branford near Long Island Sound

Managing the water that flows into the thousands upon thousands of storm drains around the state — an otherwise standard municipal function — has become something close to a standoff between the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a battalion of those municipalities. Continue Reading →

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Snow plus salt equals Connecticut controversy

A plow and materials spreader

The salt treatments used in Connecticut to get snow and ice off the roads are spurring debate over what they may or may not be doing to vehicles and the environment. But everyone agrees they do a good job clearing the roads. Continue Reading →

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PURA commissioners decline Malloy’s invitation to resign

Arthur H. House, the chairman of PURA, with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy behind him.

The chairman of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority said Tuesday that he and his colleagues saw no reason to accept Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's public invitation to resign over the question of whether the authority was sufficiently independent and adequately staffed under the Malloy administration. Continue Reading →

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Malloy to PURA regulators: Quit if you don’t like status quo

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (file photo)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy angrily rebuffed a request by state utility regulators for greater independence, inviting them Monday to resign if they cannot live within the unique structure his administration created in a merged Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Continue Reading →

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Utility regulators make a pitch for independence from DEEP

Arthur H. House, the chairman of PURA, with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy behind him.

Nearly four years after Connecticut’s independent utility regulatory body became part of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the regulators are asking for their independence back. Continue Reading →

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CT creeps toward electric grid 2.0

Fleet Solar Panels side view

Connecticut is starting a process to modernize the state's electric grid to make it cleaner, leaner and more adaptable to new methods of power generation and distribution. Exploring how to do that will be a major focus for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, beginning early next year. Continue Reading →

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Electric vehicle use creeps along; proponents urge a bigger push

A Tesla charging station in Greenwich.

With only 1,300 plug-in electric vehicles in the state, there’s growing sentiment that Connecticut hasn't done enough to encourage their purchase, and that added incentives are needed to get more of them on the road. Continue Reading →

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