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A Singular Day for Clean Air: Safeguards for 45,000 Lives Are Debated in Courts

December 13, 2013 by Peter Lehner

When it comes to reducing the outdoor air pollution that triggers asthma, the state of Connecticut has done many things right. Yet the asthma rate for children here is a full two percentage points higher than nationwide; adult asthma rates in the state are also consistently higher than the national average.[read more]

How Smart Grid Keeps You Safe in Winter Storms

November 28, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

On October 29, a significant portion of the population of the Northeast USA was inconvenienced by a loss of power caused by an unusually early winter storm.  As the worst case scenario played out, overburdened trees created multiple breaks in the transmission and distribution networks, toppling poles and lines.  The state of...[read more]

Connecticut Solar Power: Small State, Large Dreams and Depleted Funds

November 29, 2010 by Reginald Norris

It may the nation’s third smallest state, but Connecticut’s electric rates are among the highest in the country. In 2009, Connecticut’s average rate was more than 74% above the national average and up until the end of October, when New York officially surpassed them, Connecticut’s electric rates trailed only those of Hawaii’s. As a...[read more]

Some More About the Grid, Vermont Yankee, and a Little About the Smart Grid

October 5, 2010 by Meredith Angwin

Vermont Yankee and ConnecticutIn a recent post, I described how a lack of transmission lines in eastern Connecticut caused that area to fall below ISO-NE reliability standards. Therefore, ISO-NE to took action by issuing an RFP for diesel generation in that area.I thought I was done with Connecticut and the Grid for a while. I had used...[read more]

Georgia bill would add useful flexibility to price gouging law

March 29, 2010 by Michael Giberson

A bill passed by the Georgia state senate would add some helpful flexibility to the state’s anti-price gouging law.  The primary purpose of the bill would be to allow the state to limit the range of items for which the price gouging rules will be enforced based upon the nature of the emergency.  For example, if a storm mostly...[read more]

Connecticut Attorney General proposes new state energy agency to combat incentives for economic efficiency

April 23, 2009 by Michael Giberson

In economic theory, in lab experiments, in practice - pretty much generally speaking - it is well established in economics that a uniform clearing price auction works better than a pay-as-bid auction in cases such as the spot markets for power operated by the NYISO and ISO-New England (and every similar market in the United States, and...[read more]