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January 10, 2017

A New Report Warns of The Dangers of Energy Sprawl

by Jack Kramer | January 10, 2017 12:27pm

leungchopan via shutterstock HARTFORD, CT – A new report both documents and warns about the surge in proposals to use farmland and forest for the construction of large solar electricity-generating facilities in Connecticut.

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December 14, 2016

Low Fuel Costs Hurting Environmental Efforts

by Jack Kramer | December 14, 2016 12:25pm

Jack Kramer file photo HARTFORD, CT – Efforts to accelerate the state’s population use of greener energy sources are being hampered by the low cost of traditional fuels, a group of experts told an environmentally conscious audience at the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Environmental Summit this week.

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December 13, 2016

Water Conservation Efforts Would Be More Effective If Mandated By Municipalities

by Jack Kramer | December 13, 2016 12:41pm

Jack Kramer photo HARTFORD, CT – Taking proactive measures to battle continuing drought conditions in the state is better left to municipalities than utility companies, is what environmentalists and an audience of state officials and legislators heard from experts Tuesday.

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December 6, 2016

Energy Was More Affordable This Year, But Future Is Uncertain

by Jack Kramer | December 6, 2016 12:54pm

Jack Kramer photo HARTFORD, CT – Connecticut’s energy affordability gap decreased over the past year but only because energy costs were lower. It’s a trend that isn’t likely to last, experts who monitor utility costs for the needy warned Tuesday.

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Mattress Recycling Program Is Working

by Cara Rosner | December 6, 2016 5:30am

Courtesy of Sad City Hartford A program intended to make it easier for Connecticut residents to recycle old mattresses diverted 150,000 mattresses from landfills in its first year, according to the nonprofit running it.

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November 30, 2016

Tuesday’s Rain Doesn’t Change Drought Watch or Advisory

by Jack Kramer | November 30, 2016 5:30am

Jack Kramer photo Tuesday’s heavy rainfall was a welcome sight for Connecticut but it will take many more similar storms to save us from drought conditions, a state official said.

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November 18, 2016

Connecticut Increases Electric Vehicle Tax Credit For Some Vehicles

by Christine Stuart | November 18, 2016 12:11pm

Christine Stuart photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut officials announced Friday that they plan to increase a popular consumer rebate program for the purchase of certain electric vehicle models.

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November 4, 2016

Half of State Agencies Submit Their Budget Proposals

by Christine Stuart | November 4, 2016 1:16pm

CTNewsJunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — A $10 vehicle registration fee, prison closings, state employee retirements, funding cuts to elderly property relief programs and to employment opportunities for the blind and disabled are just a few of the budget reduction and revenue options proposed by half of the state’s 40 agencies.

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November 1, 2016

State Officials Issue Drought Watch For Most Counties

by Jack Kramer | November 1, 2016 11:00am

Courtesy of the state of Connecticut HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state officials are asking Connecticut residents to take the lack of rain seriously, saying one of the best ways to combat drought conditions is taking shorter showers, shutting off water while brushing teeth, and doing fewer loads of laundry.

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October 31, 2016

For Now, State Shelves Plans To Increase Natural Gas Capacity

by Jack Kramer | October 31, 2016 4:30am

shutterstock Connecticut is shelving plans to increase natural gas capacity for power plants but officials insisted Thursday that doesn’t mean they are any less committed to converting more consumers to natural gas.

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