For the first time in three years of trying, legislation to tighten regulations on outdoor wood furnaces has passed a chamber of the legislature. The Senate passed and sent to the House an amended version of legislation that advocates of it say is even stronger than the original. The original bill sought to ban outdoor […]
A couple of high-profile legislative deaths to announce in this final two-week run-up to the end of the legislative session. Bottom line for both — the ban on the use of pesticides on school properties that house children through the eighth grade stays in place. A highly contentious bill that garnered nearly 100 opposition comments […]
OK, and from several days before. Catching up a bit in the world of energy and the environment, here’s a laundry list of some things that have happened lately that could actually affect you. 1. The merger of Northeast Utilities and NSTAR not only was approved Monday by the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority Wednesday, […]
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will sign the new gasoline tax circuit-breaker bill into law Tuesday, the governor’s office announced Friday afternoon. “We are all very concerned about the national rising cost of gasoline and its impact on Connecticut residents, businesses and the state’s economy as a whole, especially as the summer driving season approaches,” Malloy […]
No secret the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority — the renamed and re-purposed Connecticut Clean Energy Fund — has been none too thrilled with the name it was given in last year’s energy legislation. How much doesn’t CEFIA like its new name? So much, that as of right now, there are at least two […]
If you were wondering how much more dead the dead Broadwater liquefied natural gas plant that was proposed for the middle of Long Island Sound back in 2004 could get, the answer is, it could get really, really dead. Today it was announced that Broadwater Pipeline LLC had requested to withdraw from its Federal Energy […]
As expected, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Dan Esty has given final approval to a new residential solar incentive program to be run by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority.
The line-up is almost complete for the recently announced Shoreline Preservation Task Force, headed by Rep. James Albis, D-East Haven. There are eight representatives and two senators from shoreline districts, and three non-legislative members. While technically bipartisan, the membership definitely skews Democratic. Albis said he was looking for one more legislator and a coastal engineer. […]
Shovels could be in the ground as early as this week for the first two projects of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection‘s inaugural energy efficiency initiative known as Lead By Example. OK — it’s not exactly shovels — more like unscrewing lightbulbs and moving air conditioners. But it’s happening all the same. The […]
Connecticut scored some of the highest marks given out by the League of Conservation Voters in its 2011 Congressional scorecard. That despite a year the organization called the U.S. House’s “truly breathtaking and unprecedented assault on the environment and public health.” The state’s two senators each scored 100 percent on the 11 votes ranked by […]
Rep. James Albis, D-East Haven, took one look at that map we published a month ago that showed his district would pretty much wind up underwater if a category 2 hurricane hit and decided it was time to take action. And in true legislative fashion, step one is a task force. Speaker Chris Donovan is […]
As we reported a week or so back, the idea of re-establishing an agriculture committee in the General Assembly for the first time in decades was being considered by a pair of Republican lawmakers. On Thursday, Sen. John A. Kissel, R-Enfield, and Rep. Penny Bacchiocchi, R-Somers, will announce plans to create a Select Committee on […]
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection today issued a proposed final decision granting a wetlands permit to the Department of Transportation for the New Brtain to Hartford busway. The decision is on line.
Connecticut Thursday became the second state in the nation to have a power procurement manager — with the announcement that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection had hired Jeffrey Gaudiosi. The position was mandated in the huge energy bill passed during the last legislative session as way to get cheaper and cleaner energy to […]
It’s a modest, and somewhat familiar, list of legislative priorities released by the Council on Environmental Quality Tuesday in advance of the 2012 legislative session. Modest in that, with a short session, folks tend to be mindful of realistic expectations — not to mention the current economic climate notable for its distinct lack of money […]