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New Hampshire Governor Vetos Expansion of Net Metering Program

LCG, June 21, 2018--The Governor of New Hampshire vetoed Senate Bill 446 and Senate Bill 365 that were expected to cost electric ratepayers approximately $100 million over the next three years.

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Connecticut Selects Over 250 MW of Clean Energy Request Proposals

LCG, June 15, 2018--As part of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's (DEEP) recent Clean Energy Request for Proposals, the State of Connecticut has selected over 250 MW of clean and renewable energy projects. The largest projects utilize offshore wind and fuel cells.

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Rooftop Wind Farm Proposed by London Architects

LCG, May 30, 2001A wind farm of sorts could be coming to the priciest part of London if a plan by the Royal Institute of British Architects is adopted, and there are those who feel that wind turbines would not make good neighbors for Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Hyde and St. James Parks, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey.

The architects would put two small (12-foot diameter) wind turbines on the roof of their six-story building in Portland Place, in the London borough of Westminster City, hoping to show the efficacy of wind power in an urban setting and also get some electricity.

There will be opposition to the plan. The Institute is housed in a listed building the British equivalent of a U.S. Historical Landmark and the turbines would be visible from the ground, leading some to predict a diminution of property values where British property values are highest. The turbines are also noisy, which could prove a distraction in the deliberations of government.

The British government has set a target of generating 10 percent of the UK's electricity needs from renewable resources by 2010, and the architects' proposal is in response to that objective.

The Institute said it considered solar power, but ruled it out as too expensive, so it submitted a planning application to the Westminster City Council for the wind turbines. If the borough turns the architects down, "It will be back to the drawing board," said a spokesman for the Institute.

There is also the question of whether there is enough wind in Westminster. Phil Horton, a spokesman for the British Centre for Alternative Technology, said "Cities are not necessarily the best place. The wind tends not to be strong. What you want is steady wind."

The Institute said it will measure the wind on its roof, probably in August. "We are very concerned with the idea of sustainability," said Baz Dickson, director of resources and development for the group. "The idea is that we will be able to demonstrate what can be done with wind power on a listed building, to serve as an example to others of how to reduce energy consumption in an urban environment."

If they get the green light, the architects expect to spend 50,000 ($70,000 U.S.) on the installation.

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