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  • May 15, 2015 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    At the 2014 Housing Innovation Awards, DOE recognized 28 leaders who represent the very best in innovation on the path to zero energy ready homes.  Winner, Michael Trolle with BPC Green Builders, former Chair of the CTGBC Green Homes Committee,  wrote: 

     “As the builder and homeowner of a winning home at 17 Carol Street in Danbury,. I can offer the following testimonial:   

    Note:This award winning home was part of the CTGBC Green Homes Tour in 2014.

    Our energy use has been monitored by Steven Winter Associates as part of a DOE funded study of low-energy homes that use air-source heat pumps to heat and cool the homes.  I was pleased to discover that the cost of the electricity used to heat and cool our house for the first 365 days of monitored occupancy was $337, despite the fact that electricity is not cheap in Connecticut.  This low level of energy use was achieved with comfortable set points of 70 degrees in the winter and 72 degrees in the summer.  Another remarkable point is that the temperature is incredibly stable and never varies by more than a single degree.  Overall, the comfort level in our new home is incredibly high, which makes the low heating and cooling cost that much better.”

  • May 04, 2015 12:16 PM | Anonymous

    From http://www.bostonglobe.com

    A home battery, PowerWall, will be available at $3,500 for 10kWh and $3,000 for 7kWh.

    Read More about Tesla batteries


  • April 27, 2015 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    A working farm contained in a 2,200-square-foot room. Outside conditions -- weather, season, available sunlight -- have no bearing on production. And it could soon be common in cities nationwide.

    MetroCrops, a three-person operation based in an old factory on River Street, is employing hydroponics under LED lights to grow crops of lettuce and kale, which it sells to local restaurants and at farmers markets. And it is just getting started.

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  • April 23, 2015 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    HARTFORD — Gov. Dan Malloy is creating a new council to make sure the state meets its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    Malloy signed an executive order Wednesday creating the Governor’s Council on Climate Change. The 15-member panel will recommend policies, regulations and legislation to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals. It will be chaired by the commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

    Read more Climate Change Panel

  • April 07, 2015 7:55 PM | Anonymous
    EPA Newsroom

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 130 organizations nationwide for their commitment to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. UI is among nine recipients of the 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award in New England

    This year’s Energy Star Partner of the Year Award winners demonstrate leadership and innovation that help their customers, partners, and stakeholders save energy while remaining competitive in today’s economy,” said EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding “These companies are to be congratulated for their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our climate.”

    Partner of the Year-Excellence: Excellence Awards are earned for specific activities to promote energy-efficient products, homes, or buildings. Excellence in Energy Star Promotion award winners in New England include:

    • The United Illuminating Company, Orange, CT, and
    • NGRID, Waltham, MA

    Read more:EPA Honors New England's 2015 Energy Star Partners of the Year


  • April 07, 2015 6:17 PM | Anonymous

    EPA Newsroom 

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 130 organizations nationwide for their commitment to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.  UI  is among nine recipients of the 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award in New England

    This year’s Energy Star Partner of the Year Award winners demonstrate leadership and innovation that help their customers, partners, and stakeholders save energy while remaining competitive in today’s economy,” said EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding “These companies are to be congratulated for their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our climate.”

    Partner of the Year-Excellence: Excellence Awards are earned for specific activities to promote energy-efficient products, homes, or buildings.  Excellence in Energy Star Promotion award winners in New England include: 

    •    The United Illuminating Company, Orange, CT, and 
    •    NGRID, Waltham, MA

     EPA Honors New England's 2015 Energy Star Partners of the Year


  • March 30, 2015 4:05 PM | Anonymous
    Connecticut's C-PACE Program allocated $65 million for more than 90 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in its first two years according to a report by CT Green Bank.
    The Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program allows business property owners to make energy upgrades with no upfront costs by providing low cost financing where the monthly debt is less than the energy cost savings achieved.


  • March 30, 2015 4:01 PM | Anonymous
    Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington  gets 1.2M Incentive from Energize CT to help its sustainability efforts.  The JAX building has been certified LEED Gold.


  • March 16, 2015 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    Free event, all are welcome, on Thursday, March 19th at 6:00pm, will feature speakers who will discuss energy efficiency techniques for your home and ways to finance them through rebates and incentives.  Hear about creating a healthy home, sustainable landscaping, saving money on energy bills. Speak with vendors who can provide services you need. View the new Build it! Exhibit.  Free refreshments.

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  • March 06, 2015 11:36 AM | Anonymous
    Newly certified projects in the news

    Starwood Headquarters, Stamford earns LEED Platinum Certification, Green Lodging News. The newly certified 430,000 square foot facility is a reflection of Starwood's aggressive environmental sustainability plan of cutting energy and water use by 30 percent each by the year 2020.

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