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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

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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

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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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Stamford joins pioneering energy-saving program

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Stamford has become the sixth city in the nation and the first in New England to join a national program called the 2030 Districts. It’s designed to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions without relying on government. It's entirely voluntary and there are no penalties if goals aren’t met. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut shoreline Sandy grants raise questions

Morris Cove in New Haven has been approved for nearly $2 million in federal Sandy funding to build a seawall where temporary Jersey barriers protect three houses now and for another seven houses beyond that. But not only is the project controversial, it will also be a race against the clock to meet the time limit on those funds.

NEW HAVEN - Nearly two years after storm Sandy sacked the Connecticut coast, federal funds for recovery are still being parceled out. But issues surrounding a couple of Connecticut shoreline grants raise questions about how the money is being allocated and whether it ever will be used. Continue Reading →

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More extreme rain for Connecticut, and no way to drain it

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Due to the ongoing use of badly outdated data, much of the drainage installed in Connecticut in the last several decades may be too small to handle the volume of water brought by an increase in the number and severity of storms being experienced in the Northeast. Continue Reading →

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