Connecticut's First LEED Registered Retail Building to Open August 10
July 31 , Freeport, Maine - L.L.Bean, a leading retailer of quality outdoor gear and apparel, will open its first store in Connecticut at The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk on August 10.
Everyone who loves the outdoors will want to visit the store for the three-day grand opening celebration. Expert instructors from L.L.Bean's Outdoor Discovery Schools will offer free Walk-On Adventures--introductory experiences in kayaking and fly fishing--and kids will be treated to a variety of interactive exploration and demonstrations. The event promises fun for the whole family. In the famous tradition of its Flagship Store in Freeport, Maine, the store will be open 24 hours a day during the grand opening event.
Bean's newest store will employ approximately 125 people and offer a selection of high-quality outdoor gear and apparel including hiking, fly fishing, kayaking and camping products. The 25,000 square foot store is environmentally friendly and built to U.S. Green Building Council's LEED standards. The store is Connecticut's first LEED registered retail building. Many of the store's unique fixtures are made from wood reclaimed from the site of the former L.L.Bean Factory Store in Freeport. "L.L.Bean values its relationship with the environment, and the South Windsor store is a model of green design," said Ken Kacere, L.L.Bean's Senior Vice President and General Manager of Retail. "As L.L.Bean expands, all new stores will be designed and constructed to meet LEED building standards."
In celebration of the new store, L.L.Bean will donate a total of $30,000 to three local non-profit organizations with an emphasis on kids and the outdoors--Connecticut Audubon, YMCA of Greater Hartford and the Environmental Learning Center of Connecticut.
Through L.L.Bean's support of Connecticut Audubon's environmental education programs, over 1,000 youth from South Windsor and Manchester will have the opportunity to visit the Connecticut Audubon Society's Center at
Glastonbury. The programs are designed to increase children's comfort and knowledge of the outdoor world by experiencing nature first hand.
L.L.Bean will donate bikes, kayaks and other outdoor equipment to the YMCA of Greater Hartford and the Environmental Learning Center of Connecticut. Each summer at the YMCA's Camp Woodstock, over 1,000 children enjoy outdoor adventures such as canoeing, kayaking, biking and swimming. The Environmental Learning Center provides programming for over 32,000 children, and its day camp will receive equipment to enhance programs at Indian Rock Nature Preserve in Bristol.
The South Windsor store will be the company's first located in Connecticut. Other L.L.Bean Retail Stores are located in McLean, Virginia; Columbia, Maryland; Marlton, New Jersey; West Lebanon, New Hampshire; Burlington, Massachusetts; Center Valley, Pennsylvania and Freeport, Maine, the site of L.L.Bean's original Flagship Store, Hunting and Fishing Store
and Bike and Boat Store.
L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading retailer of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. While its business has grown substantially, L.L.Bean still upholds the values of its founder and continues his dedication to quality, customer service and a
love of the outdoors.
Mega Bio-Diesel Facility Gets Approval
July 28, Suffield, Conn.- The town of Suffield’s conservation commission has approved a permit for a 25,000 square foot bio-diesel production facility that is expecting to produce 50 million gallons of bio-diesel fuel a year. It would be the state's first large-scale bio-diesel production facility.
CT Biodiesel, a Hartford based renewable fuel company, took one step closer to building a plant that will transform soybean and canola oil into bio-fuel. The company projects that the facility will create about 25-30 jobs and will be harmless to the environment.
"This stuff is safe," CT Biodiesel vice president, P. Wayne Moore states. "You can pour this out on the streets and it'll degrade just like salt or sugar. It's not even flammable. If you threw a match on this, it'll go out."
The permit does have a condition that the company has to make sure wood frogs and spotted salamanders are protected on six vernal pools on the property. The company also still needs the approval of the planning and zoning commissions.
Source: The Hartford Courant
UTC Named a "Champion of Energy Efficiency in Industry"
July 26, White Plains, New York - Hartford based United Technologies (UTC) was one of three champions picked by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for Energy Efficiency at its Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. Presented to outstanding leaders involved with the industrial sector, the awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners were selected based on demonstrated excellence in program implementation, research and development, energy policy, private sector initiatives, and international initiatives.
The ACEEE press announcement stated that UTC, a diversified company with products ranging from home heating and air conditioning to aerospace and helicopters. United UTC has met impressive energy efficiency goals. UTC has met a 19% reduction in energy consumption, a 49% reduction in water consumption, and a 44% reduction in air emissions from 1997-2006. As part of its latest set of environmental targets, UTC has set a goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 12% over the next four years and will invest $100 million toward co-generation and energy conservation projects. UTC is a founding member of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the U.S. Green Building Council, and is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
The other winners are Byron Lloyd & Mark Hamann, for industrial leadership. Through a partnership between the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and ComEd, Byron Lloyd & Mark Hamann were instrumental in enhancing the use of Envinta's 'One-2-Five' software to create a holistic energy efficiency evaluation tool. David Zepponi, was also recognized for Industrial Leadership. As President of the Northwest Food Processors Association, Zepponi has implemented numerous projects to develop continued energy efficiency gains in the food processing industry.
The 2007 "Champions" were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of ACEEE's Board of Directors. The selection criteria were based on the nominee's impact, innovation, and leadership in the energy efficiency field.
About ACEEE: The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection. For information about ACEEE visit http://aceee.org.
Electro Energy Inc. to Provide Hybrid Auxiliary Power Technology to Trucking Industry
July 25, Danbury, Conn.- Electro Energy Inc. today announced an agreement to license hybrid auxiliary power unit (Hybrid APU) technology from Enertek Corporation. This unique patent-pending technology is comprised of self-contained, stand-alone diesel-powered, electrical power generation units (the Gen-a-Sys Q) that utilize a proprietary battery-based hybrid operating system designed to supply standby power to the commercial trucking industry.
The Gen-a-Sys Q is used to operate appliances such as engine prewarmers, air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators, microwave ovens and televisions in diesel Class 8 trucks during federally mandated daily rest periods and to comply with state anti-idling regulations. This Hybrid APU technology is also capable of providing power for refrigeration trailers of all types and sizes (the eGen-a-Sys). Electro Energy is expected to be the sole supplier of the battery systems using its advanced nickel metal hydride and lithium ion battery technologies and battery management systems and market the Gen-a-Sys Q and eGen-a-Sys Hybrid APUs initially to the North American market.
Michael Reed, Electro Energy's President and CEO, said, "Many states now have commercial truck anti-idling regulations and beginning January 1, 2008 any Class 8 truck entering the State of California will be required to have an anti-idling device installed. The Gen-a-Sys Q and eGen-a-Sys systems power the truck hotel loads resulting in reduced exhaust emissions, noise and fuel expense compared to idling the truck engine. Electro Energy's advanced battery technology will reduce the weight of these systems and enable greater freight loading and revenue potential for truck operators."
Paul Baumann, Enertek's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, stated, "We recognized immediately that there are significant potential synergies between the two companies that will not only improve the value proposition of these hybrid auxiliary power units but also dramatically increase their overall energy and weight efficiency. Enertek's proprietary auxiliary power unit design coupled with Electro Energy's proprietary advanced battery technology will put Electro Energy in a strong position to serve the estimated $40 billion North American market for these units."
Electro Energy Inc., headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, was founded in 1992 to develop, manufacture and commercialize high-powered, rechargeable bipolar nickel-metal hydride batteries for use in a wide range of applications. Its Colorado Springs operation supplies aerospace-grade high quality nickel cadmium batteries and components for satellites, aircraft and other specialty applications. EEEI is also developing high-power lithium rechargeable batteries utilizing the Company's proprietary bi-polar design. EEEI has recently acquired significant manufacturing assets near Gainesville, Fla. to accelerate commercialization of its battery technology.
Source: MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network
Green Pilot Project Grows in Hamden
July 24, Hamden, Conn. - Trailside Village, LLC in Hamden, in conjunction with Ravenswood Construction, LLC, of Cheshire, Urbanminers.com of Hamden, The Habitat for Humanity Restore in Stratford and The ReConnstruction Center in New Britain; are cooperating in a Green Building Project. Four structures at 20 and 36 Todd Street in Hamden requiring removal are being renovated or deconstructed instead of being demolished.
The completion of Trailside Village, an Active Adult Community Condominium project in the Mount Carmel section of Hamden, requires the removal of these structures. Rather than simply demolishing the buildings and throwing away the materials, Dean Fiske of Ravenswood Homes (the Developer of the project) wanted to find a means for “ saving as much of the building materials as possible from the dumpster”.
Mr. Fiske along with Joe DeRisi of urbanminers.com, a trained “deconstructionist”, developed a plan to utilize two local “reuse” not for profit organizations; Habitat for Humanity’s “Restore” in Stratford and The ReConnstruction Center in New Britain.
According to Mr. DeRisi, “ up to 80 % of the total materials of a typical residential structure can be salvaged for reuse or recycling”.
The Trailside Village project includes using volunteers, including Tom Gabrielson, the habitat store manager, and John Powers, a board member from the ReConnstruction Center, to disassemble each structure piece by piece.
The result is truckloads of reusable 2x4’s, double glazed windows , solid wood doors, kitchen cabinets ,trim and molding. Materials are donated to the Restores and shipped to them by truck or sometimes sold directly off the site.
“These cooperative pilot projects can also demonstrate methods for reducing costs in more typical construction activities, not only when disassembling buildings”, according to Joe DeRisi of urbanminers.com. “ For example, the plywood recovered from the roof of one of the buildings was used for temporary security walls on other parts of the project. Also, community participation can help educate citizens about construction and recycling concepts that apply to their daily activities and demonstrate that these reuse stores exist for them as a source of used materials for their own projects. Perhaps most importantly, Trailside Village is demonstrating another way that a new housing development can be a “green” building project, by reducing waste and energy use."
For more information about this renovation and deconstruction project please contact Joe DeRisi at urbanminers.com at 203 824-1724 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call Ravenswood Homes in Cheshire at 203 272-3574.
State Seeks Energy Services Firm
July 16, Hartford, Conn. - Connecticut Innovations, Inc. (CI), acting solely as the administrator of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), is seeking proposals from qualified energy technical cnsulting companies to provide renewable energy technical review and analysis and other related renewable technical consulting services (Technical Services) to CCEF for a period of up to three years. These services would focus on CCEF’s renewable project development programs under CCEF’s Comprehensive Plan, as well as providing energy technical consulting support to CCEF’s legal counsel in regulatory and other policy-making proceedings pertaining to all of CCEF’s Comprehensive Plan program goals. A complete description of CCEF’s programs can be found at www.ctinnovations.com and click on CT Clean Energy Fund.
All inquiries shall be directed to Loyola French (legal assistant) at 860-257-2883. Companies and individuals submitting a proposal shall not contact any CI or CCEF board member or CI or CCEF Staff person other than Ms. French.
Three (3) copies of your proposal shall be delivered to the office of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, 200 Corporate Place, Third Floor, Rocky Hill, CT 06067 no later than 4:00 p.m., on August 3, 2007. RFP # CCEF-L-001
For more information, visit the CT Clean Energy Fund.
Governor Rell Unveils Conservation Campaign: ‘OneThing’
July 12, Hartford, Conn.– Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced the launch of a new, statewide marketing effort and advertising campaign that will help residents save on their energy bills and make a positive contribution to the environment: OneThing.
OneThing builds on the enormous impact that could be achieved if every person in Connecticut did one thing, every day, to help conserve all forms of energy – from electricity and gasoline to natural gas and renewable resources.
“Energy is a global issue and sometimes we have trouble getting our arms around it – not just the ‘we’ of policy-makers but the ‘we’ of you and me,” Governor Rell said.
“Think about it: If everyone in Connecticut did one thing that would be 3.5 million OneThings. If everyone in the state did one thing a day, every day, that would be more than a billion OneThings over the course of a year – a billion ways to reduce greenhouse gases, save energy and save money. That’s enough to have a truly profound impact, to make a real difference. OneThing really can change everything,” the Governor said.
In a news conference at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, accompanied by state agency officials, the Governor announced her own OneThing: She has replaced all of the standard incandescent light bulbs in the Governor’s Residence with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). According to the federal Energy Star web site, a single CFL bulb uses 75 percent less energy than standard bulbs and lasts up to 10 times longer.
If every household in the nation replaced just one incandescent bulb with a CFL it would save enough energy to light 3 million homes, save $600 million in energy costs or remove the equivalent of 800,000 cars’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to Energy Star estimates.
“Of course, this is just the first of the OneThings I plan to do,” Governor Rell said. “I will also be advocating this program on a regular basis, including publicly recognizing those who have firmly demonstrated a commitment to OneThing and working with state lawmakers to foster their commitment to the idea. I truly believe that all of our OneThings will add up to thousands of things that will save money for consumers and business alike, reduce energy consumption and protect our earth – and ultimately, these are the things that matter the most.”
To find out more, visit the campaign at http://www.onethingct.com/
Source: Governor's Office Press Release
Noble Power Names New CFO
July 6, Essex, Conn.– Noble Environmental Power, based in Essex, CT and a leading wind energy developer with projects in several locations in northern and western New York State and in Michigan has announced that Christopher Lowe, an investment banker with more than seventeen years experience in project finance and power generation sectors, has been named Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Lowe was previously a Managing Director at JPMorgan Securities and, most recently, a Managing Director and Head of the Americas Resources and Energy Group at HSBC Securities.
As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Lowe will hold responsibility for the overall financial management of the company, including the financial planning and budgeting processes. Furthermore, he will lead Noble's Project Finance Team in financing the company's windpark projects.
“Chris Lowe's broad expertise in the financial services sector creates an advantage for Noble as we further our growth as a leading wind energy developer," said Charles Hinckley, CEO of Noble. "We welcome him and are pleased he has joined us."
Mr. Lowe holds a Master's degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, and is also a CFA Charterholder. He will be based in Noble's headquarters in Essex, CT.
Noble Environmental Power is developing windparks in Northern and Western New York, Huron County, Michigan; Rutland County, Vermont; as well as Coos County, New Hampshire, and has more than 4,000 megawatts of clean, renewable energy under development throughout the United States.
About Noble Environmental Power
Noble, who received a 2006 CTGreen9 Award from buildingctgreen.com, is a leading renewable energy company that is majority owned by affiliates of JP Morgan Partners, LLC. Noble was founded in 2004 in response to public policy initiatives designed to foster the increased useof renewable energy sources. Noble is committed to creating environmentallyfriendly facilities in partnership with local communities. Based in Essex, CT, Noble has offices in Altona, Churubusco, Brandon, Bliss, and Fredonia NY; Ubly, MI, Rutland, VT, and Lancaster, NH. For more information, please visit www.noblepower.com, or email email@example.com.