Relationship between utilities, government needs to change, experts say

By Luther Turmelle, New Haven Register HARTFORD >> As Connecticut lawmakers begin to consider a slew of energy-related bills, they spent time Monday listening to advice from New York State’s “energy czar” and other experts about how the relationship between the utility industry and government needs to be overhauled. Richard Kauffman, New York State’s chairman of energy & finance, described …

Downing pushes for climate policy

By RICHIE DAVIS Recorder Staff Monday, February 23, 2015 (Published in print: Tuesday, February 24, 2015) A new state Senate report on climate change is a call to action for the new Baker administration, as well as the Legislature, to set policies in the face of deepening environmental impacts, says state Sen. Benjamin Downing, a local legislator on the six-member …

Rapid Growth in Solar Power Usage Will Continue Strong

Solar electricity is generated during hours of peak energy demand and highest energy cost. This timing benefits solar electric users with lower power cost during peak demand hours, benefits electric utilities by lowering their need to boost output to meet demand, and benefits the atmosphere with reduced carbon pollution. The cost of solar panels has decreased 80% since 2008. The …

Electricity Prices and Demand Rising

Utilities continue to raise their price to provide electric power. The retail price per kwh increased 50% from 2001-2014. [1] Growth in electricity use estimated to grow 29% by 2040, despite conservation efforts. [2] Utility companies would have to invest $300 billion to build the estimated 347 Gigawatts of new capacity needed by 2030. Environmental compliance costs are rising. Aging …

Noel Lafayette Speaks at Event on Financing Commercial Solar Projects

Noel Lafayette, the principle of SHR Energy Management, was one of two featured presenters on November 20, 2014 at an event for experienced solar professionals on financing commercial solar projects. The event, held at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in Boston, was entitled “Going Beyond ‘It Depends’ – Trends in Financing Mid-Market Commercial Solar Projects.” The event was structured for …