Connecticut launches first wind-power-specific auction process

Connecticut officials are looking to bolster the state’s renewable energy portfolio, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has released a request for proposals seeking up to 2,000 megawatts of offshore wind power. The state already has committed to purchasing 304 megawatts of electricity from the Revolution Wind project, one of the bidders selected […]

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On a fishing trip with Gov. Cuomo, Gov. Lamont discusses transportation, tourism, energy — and catches a few trout

Lamont said the two Democrats jumped quickly into the important issues of the day and how they could work collaboratively together to solve mutual problems. The topics included improvements to the Metro-North Commuter Railroad, which connects Connecticut to midtown Manhattan. They also discussed Cuomo’s recent push for “congestion pricing” in Manhattan that allows higher prices […]

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Lamont’s family fight with Dems over borrowing priorities

After sparring with legislators for much of the summer, the Lamont administration is sending lawmakers a clear message: Until lawmakers settle on even a short-term plan upgrading Connecticut’s aging infrastructure, other projects will have to wait. Ryan Drajewicz, the governor’s chief of staff, said the governor is standing firm on limiting borrowing for a priority […]

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Prevailing wages are important to workers, contractors and taxpayers

Prevailing wages do not increase the cost of publicly funded construction projects. In those states that have repealed prevailing wage laws, the promise of lower-cost public construction projects never materialized. Casually concluding that eliminating prevailing wage requirements will automatically reduce construction costs is an out-of-touch misconception of today’s economic environment. Prevailing wages create a level […]

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Construction workers prepare to battle former ally Trump

At issue is a deal gone bad between Trump and North America’s Building Trades Unions over a Labor Department apprenticeship initiative, the politics of which have grown more complicated since last month’s ouster of Secretary Alexander Acosta. Leaders of the union federation worry that the final version will undermine their own job-training programs and create […]

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Despite Federal Pushback, $2.8B Mass. Offshore Wind Project Will Proceed

Developers of the 800-MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind project in Massachusetts, set to be the first such utility-scale project in the U.S. and the country’s largest, say they are committed to push through on its $2.8 billion in construction despite a sudden Trump Administration permitting setback. On Aug. 9, the department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy […]

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