remember that this is not official information
NEWS AROUND THE WORLD: Relates to Millstone?
Alternative energy source for the future: natural gas? Wind power? Fuel cell technology? E.I.D.(Energy Improvement District)? Nuclear power no longer in fashion? What goes around comes around...how about this.
April 3, 2008 Board of Selectmen's meeting
contained an item "Building Committee" - three members showed up and
reported on current projects. Local experts. Alternative Energy Subcommittee
Chair. was included in this wrap-up. Weston's secret weapon -
ENERGY SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE
WESTON BUILDING COMMITTEE/@April 2009, now part of the Building
Committee's regular sessions...
- ENERGY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS: Is this idea now ready for its closeup? All this backup factual information should be on file with the Town Clerk.
- Membership of this subcommittee of the Building Committee (see minutes of January
- Agenda of next
- Minutes of meetings
- Meeting Notices posted on Town Clerk's
calendar as soon as Subcommittee agrees to date (meetings in Commission
Town Hall unless otherwise noted).
- Research sources
2014 REVIVAL possible in the photo above? How about for 2018?
At the Building Committee May 14, 2014 a discussion took place of about attempting a "microgrid"
for Town Hall, Fire Department, new Police Facility and Weston
Center. The laws have changed over the last five years or so and
now permit limited net metering and other changes to laws against going
"off the grid." Some on Building Committee seemed to doubt
application to Weston without investment in real inter
connectivity; others wanted to know a good source on the net to
State's Fuel Cell Bus Fleet Fades Away, After Initial Hopes Of Pollution-Free Transit
Jon Lender in Courant 6-23-18
"It would be something new if the touters of government “pilot projects”
as improvements to citizens’ lives would announce those projects’
eventual failures with the same exuberance as they promoted their
launches. But if such projects die, they usually do it quietly..."
Dominion buys Bridgeport fuel cell park in
deal valued at $125 million
Brian Lockhart and Rob Varnon, CT POST
Updated 1:48 pm, Friday, December 14, 2012
BRIDGEPORT -- A missing piece of the city's new fuel cell plant project
fell into place Friday, and it's huge.
Virginia-based Dominion Resources, one of the country's biggest energy
companies, revealed itself as the unnamed financial backer and buyer of
the planned 15-megawatt site.
FuelCell Energy of Danbury, which has been shepherding the plant
through the lengthy approval process, most recently securing a special
tax arrangement from the city for the land, will continue to develop
and maintain the site for Dominion.
The announcement of Dominion's purchase, rumored earlier in the week,
concluded a deal orchestrated over the past six years between city,
state and federal officials and the private sector that was often on
shaky ground...Connecticut Light & Power has a 15-year deal to purchase
electricity from the plant for a fixed price when it comes online in
late 2013. According to FuelCell, the plant will generate enough
electricity to power 15,000 average-sized homes.
For the complete story see CT POST
PureCell® System Installed at UTC
Power Headquarters Building
A new fuel cell at UTC Power's headquarters in South Windsor,
Conn., is not only a clean energy source for the facility, it is also a
source of pride for the employees who designed, built and installed the
unit. The PureCell System Model 400 - which is the company's flagship
product - is prominently located at the main entrance and delivers up
to 50 percent of the building's electricity needs...
New Haven Fuel Cell Wrapped In Red Tape
February 21, 2010
Bruce Becker has tried to do the right thing. That may have been
Becker is the developer of nearly completed 360 State Street, a
32-story, 500-unit apartment building in New Haven. The building, which
will contain retail space and enclosed parking for 500 cars, is one of
the largest residential buildings ever built in the state.
I have been following this project, in part to see if Becker is able to
attain his goal of making it one of the state's greenest buildings as
well. He's trying to make his the state's first residential building to
achieve LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building
The state isn't making it easy.
Story in full at COURANT.
denies fiscal aspect of fuel cell
By Mary E. O’Leary, New Haven Register Topics Editor
Monday, January 26, 2009 8:21 AM EST
NEW HAVEN — The state Department of Public Utility Control has denied
developer Becker and Becker approval of a revenue model to support use
of a fuel cell at its 360 State Street project.
But the developer isn’t giving up.
Bruce Becker, president of the firm that put together the 500-apartment
project for the former Shartenberg Department store site downtown, said
he will pursue a legislative remedy to the problem.
The request to permit submetering, in addition to a master meter at the
apartments, as well as the resale of electricity, was turned down last
week as beyond current energy regulations and policies. The decision
came at a special DPUC meeting.
Story in full at New Haven REGISTER.
Incentives Dry Up
By Jan Ellen Spiegel
22, 2008, 7:35 am
The Connecticut organization charged
with administering the rebate program said it is a victim of its own
Connecticut’s touted solar rebate
program, which experts have pointed to as exemplary, may not be so
perfect after all. Six months into its two-year budget cycle, it is
nearly out of cash, leaving homeowners, businesses and nonprofit and
governmental organizations that want to buy solar electric systems out
All that remains is money for
residential solar leases, but there’s an income cap, and so far, the
leases haven’t caught on.
As I wrote in Sunday’s New York
Times, representatives of the Clean Energy Fund, which administers the
program, describe it as being a “victim” of its own success. But as
Connecticut joins a growing list of states — including Maryland and
Minnesota — that have run through their solar rebate allotments, there
is growing concern that such situations could critically damage a solar
industry trying desperately to get off the ground...
HAPPENINGS AROUND THIS TIME...
Report on RFP
M E E T I N G :
CHANGED ON FRIDAY to Monday, September
at 7:30pm, Commission Room at Town Hall. Well attended meeting,
review of responses to RFP, discussion of next steps and coordination
efforts to make an effective and prudent proposal at a time in the
Read the full text on "Energy
Improvement District" legislation from
to our special version with sections 21-36 in large type HERE.
energy needs a boost
Article Launched: 07/01/2008 03:00:33 AM EDT
There is little question that the need for renewable energy will only
grow in coming years. With energy from traditional sources continuing
to get more expensive, on top of the environmental problems caused by
burning fossil fuels, the world is looking for other ways to power
itself...That was the message recently to Congress from representatives of
General Electric Co., the Connecticut-based international conglomerate
that dabbles in virtually every industry imaginable.
GE representatives have said another congressional failure to extend a
tax credit for renewable energy projects could put billions of dollars
worth of future wind farms in jeopardy. But it's not just the company's
bottom-line that faces trouble; it's national energy policy in general.
Despite gaining returns on investment in wind turbine and wind farm
deals, GE representatives said alternative technology still needs
subsidies to compete, and likely will for the near future. We need to
move renewable energy technology past its current fill-in-the-gaps
Full story in Stamford ADVOCATE.
in Weston High School’s Energy Alternatives class included Caroline
Shaw, Jack Bucca, Dylan Goldman, Jordan
Luft, Alison Germain, Nicole Bertini, Marlee Najamy Winnick, Evan Huang,
Joe Sandolo, Erica Palumbo, Mariclaire Fraboni, Mary Ellen
Costello, Mark Weinstein, John Murray; Erika Lelievre (adviser).
energy guide: Weston students burn the midnight
Written by Terry Castellano
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
If one could harness the energy exhibited by Weston High School science
teacher Erika Lelievre’s Energy Alternatives classes, perhaps the
community would have a new force to ponder.
The students in these two classes spent their spring semester
researching options to consider when individuals, companies,
governments, and any other group decide what energy sources they will
Using mostly primary sources, this group of approximately 30 students
in grades 10 through 12 explored the world of alternative energy. ..
For story in full see Weston FORUM.
About Town took minutes for this group.
MEETING: SCHEDULED FOR
MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009 at 7:30pm in the Downstairs (basement)
Meeting Room at Town Hall:
same as posted in
the Town Clerk's Office
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Minutes of the
Alternative Energy Sub-Committee of the Building Committee (note -
these have been approved):
February 25, 2009
Mar. 10, 2008
sources on or linked to this website:
and from across the
Please read the Energy section (p. 26) of the SWRPA Regional Plan: http://www.swrpa.org/projects/regplan2006.htm