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Posted inEnergy & Environment, Health

Of caps and emissions and a program named Reggie

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative — the first-and-only-in-the-nation carbon dioxide trading and reduction program — has reached its first three-year compliance and evaluation cycle with mixed results. Total emissions from more than 200 plants in the 10 participating Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states were 34 percent below the cap at the end of 2011, according to preliminary calculations by […]

Posted inEnergy & Environment

In draft decision, PURA asserts jurisdiction over NU/NStar merger

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority released a draft decision today asserting jurisdiction in the merger of Northeast Utilities and NStar, reversing a much-maligned ruling made in June. A final decision will come on January 18. In its draft, the regulators cited information provided by the attorney general’s office and the Officer of Consumer Counsel, which […]

Posted inEnergy & Environment

Jepsen makes a new push for PURA to review the NU/NSTAR merger

Attorney General George Jepsen said today he has filed comments with state utility regulators urging them to review the merger of Northeast Utilities, which owns the largest electric company in Connecticut, and NSTAR, which provides electricity to Greater Boston. In a statement issued this afternoon, Jepsen said the study by Witt Associates of how NU’s […]

Posted inEducation, Energy & Environment, Money

Connecticut leads the way with green schools

The US Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools recently published a report for state legislators, providing them with a guide to best policy practices concerning green schools.  The report states that Connecticut is one of only 12 states that have policies in law encouraging green school construction. In 2006, Connecticut passed legislation mandating that […]

Posted inEnergy & Environment, Money

State’s face is red (not green)

When the U.S. Green Building Council — the folks who brought us the LEED certification system for buildings — released its inaugural list of “Best of Green Schools” Connecticut with its fuel-cell and solar-powered schools was notable by its absence. What’s worse, who’s the sponsor for the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools, which oversaw the awards and other […]

Posted inEnergy & Environment, Money, Politics

Malloy ‘disappointed’ & ‘underwhelmed’ by out-of-state support

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he felt “disappointed” and “underwhelmed” by the support coming from outside the state to restore power and called on the federal government to make sure Connecticut receives the help it needs. “We’ve been disappointed in the response from outside the region and the Department of Energy has been asked to […]