CT community combines ancient Greek and modern hydropower technology

Meriden, Connecticut has taken an interesting approach to shaving its electric bills by generating power from water that normally would spill over a dam. A project is underway to take advantage of technology commonly attributed to Archimedes.

Wind energy tax credits in for a rough ride

The news reports and speculation over what Congress will do with federal wind energy tax credits when Republicans control both the House and Senate come January are numerous. The biggest backers of the wind industry tax credit program are not expected to have as much pull as they did, which could mean a questionable future for the industry.

Census Bureau reports renewable power generation growing

According to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics, revenues for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy resources rose 49.0 percent from $6.6 billion in 2007 to $9.8 billion in 2012, and include hydroelectric, wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and tidal energy.

Zero net energy investments hard to justify in the U.S.

The global market for zero net energy (ZNE) commercial buildings is expected to grow to $239.7 million by 2018, according to BCC Research, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.6 percent driven by a global green building boom, ongoing governmental regulations, and regional environmental concerns.

NOIA, API research reveals vast benefits of untapped areas offshore

The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) have released studies demonstrating potential additional energy and economic benefits to the United States if the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific outer continental shelf (OCS) were opened to offshore oil and natural gas development.  


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The project as proposed would involve the installation of a bi-directional submerged transmission cable between Block Island and the Rhode Island mainland. The transmission system would connect Deepwater Wind's proposed 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm, located in Rhode Island state waters about 2.5 nautical miles southeast of Block Island, to the Rhode Island mainland and transmit power from the existing onshore transmission grid on the mainland to Block Island. The ROW corridor, which is about eight nautical miles long and 200 feet wide, comprises the portion of the transmission line that crosses federal waters.


Last year was the first time the GWA and SGPC published the GMI based upon the degree to which the states and DC had progressed toward the "Grid of the Future." The GMI is designed with future requirements for a modernized electric grid in mind.