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Big SolarCity CT announcement clouded by I.P.O. turmoil

The timing could have been better — a lot better — for SolarCity‘s big Connecticut expansion announcement. A star-studded cast that included Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Dan Esty and SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive announced a move to larger quarters in New Britain and the addition of 15 jobs […]

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A New Year’s gift of higher electric bills?

If the folks who run New England’s electricity transmission grid get their way there’s a good chance you’ll be looking at higher electric bills come New Year’s. But it won’t be without a fight. Three Connecticut state agencies have joined three other New England states to protest a proposed 10 percent budget increase by ISO-New […]

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Energy efficiency deals available for Sandy victims

A bit of a silver lining in the post-Sandy cloud. Connecticut residents and businesses that lost major appliances due to the storm will be eligible for financial incentives to upgrade them to more energy efficient models. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today that the state will provide $3 million to fund the upgrades for appliances […]

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Election adds to shake-up on Energy and Technology Committee

The touch of shake-up the election gave to the General Assembly is likely to have an outsized effect on the Energy and Technology Committee. But it’s not clear yet — and likely won’t be until next year — just what that effect will be. Energy co-chairwoman Rep. Vickie Nardello, D-Prospect, was a surprise loser in her […]

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Would Mr. Esty head (back) to Washington?

With Elizabeth Esty now headed to Washington as the state’s newest member of Congress, it’s somewhat logical to wonder whether her husband Dan — the commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection — might also head there where here served for a number of years in the Environmental Protection Agency. Apparently this occurred […]

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HUD implements forclosure moratorium for Sandy victims

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said Monday he has imposed a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of Connecticut properties and others in Hurricane Sandy-hit areas that were bought with Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans. “People have already suffered one disaster, they don’t need two,” he said. The mortgage moratorium was declared […]

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FEMA: Many Sandy victims may lack flood insurance

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate on Friday said many of Hurricane Sandy’s victims do not have flood insurance. That means there’s no coverage for water damage to their homes because homeowners’ policies exclude flood damage. “A lot of people who flooded will not have insurance whatsoever,” Fugate said. Fugate also said one reason […]

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United Illuminating officials: You’re asking for power. We’re asking for civility.

With 98,906 United Illuminating customers still without power a few days after Hurricane Sandy hit Connecticut, a top official is asking for some civility from residents still in the dark. “Don’t hassle our people in the field,” James Torgerson of UI said in a plea to frustrated residents who have been throwing things and yelling […]

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Seawalls: fix first, file later

As it did after Tropical Storm Irene, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is temporarily streamlining the repair and rebuilding of certain seawalls, bulkheads and revetments damaged or destroyed by Storm Sandy. For previously permitted structures that were built before 1995 or are protecting a home or infrastructure that was built before 1995, owners […]

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Stamford officials, commuters will have some input in state overhaul of parking

Two weeks ago, Gov. Dannel Malloy and Transportation Commissioner Jim Redeker promised to create an “advisory panel” to help the state decide which developer should receive $35 million in public money to replace a parking garage at the Stamford train station. Thursday, they announced the five members of the panel, and some names are sure […]