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Monday, September 27, 2010

State Gets First Look at Nissan Leaf

HARTFORD - Connecticut residents will get their first look at Nissan’s entry into the electric vehicle market on Tuesday.

The Nissan Leaf (shown at left), which isn’t expected to arrive in Connecticut showrooms until the second half of 2011 at the earliest, will be on display at 10 a.m. outside the Connecticut Science Center at 250 Columbus Boulevard.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell will be on hand to promote with Nissan officials to talk about Connecticut is doing to prepare for the arrival of electric vehicles. Rell will also sign a collaborative agreement to help advance electric vehicles in the state during Tuesday's event.

The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Nissan Leaf is $32,780.

The Chevrolet Volt is the first mass market electric vehicle that will be available to Connecticut residents. The Volt is schedule to arrive at Connecticut dealerships before the end of the year.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Chevy Volt is $41,000.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Gateway Community College To Host Alternative Fuel Vehicle Event

Gateway Community College's North Haven campus will host the local edition of the National Alternative Fuels Vehicle Training Consortium's nationwide, education program on Oct. 15th.

The event, Odyssey Day, is designed to help educate the public about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Some of newest alternative transportation technology available will be on display at the event and those who attend will be able to get the latest information on Connecticut's innovative transportation and renewable energy projects .

Over 600 people are expected to attend, including local high school students and their teachers.
The event is free to the public

For more information, call the school at 203-285-2324.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Positive Energy Chief Executive Sued By State

More bad news for Positive Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Ventura, according to a consumer affairs blogger affiliated with the New Haven Register's web site. blogger George Gombossy (shown at left) is reporting that Ventura is the subject of lawsuit initiated by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's office. The lawsuit is on behalf of State Banking Commissioner Howard Pitkin to collect on a $100,000 fine that the agency imposed on Ventura more than two years ago for submitting false information on a loan application when he worked as a loan officer.

Positive Energy is a reseller of electric energy. The company is under investigation by the state Department of Public Utility Control.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

DPUC Commissioner Accused of Shoplifting..

The Associated Press is reporting this afternoon that Farmington police have charged state Department of Public Utility Control CommissionerAmalia Bzdyra with shoplifting.

The 52-year-old Bzdyra. who is a Wallingford resident, was charged Wednesday with sixth-degree larceny. Police say she stole $253 worth of rings and clothing at Lord & Taylor in the Westfarms Mall, according to the AP.

Bzdyra (shown at left) is one of five appointed commissioners who regulate Connecticut's utilities. Her term runs through June 2013, according to her DPUC bio.

She was released on $1,000 bond and is due in Hartford Superior Court on Sept. 22.

Byzdyra did not respond to a message left at her Wallingford home by the New Haven Register.

DPUC spokesman Phil Dukes declined to comment Thursday.

Bzdyra immigrated to the United States in 1965, after the government burned books at the school where her mother worked.

She was appointed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to serve on the DPUC in Dec. 2008 and confirmed by both houses of the General Assembly in February 2009. Before that, she served as the deputy commissioner for the Department of Social Services as well as the chairwoman of the state’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Renewable Energy Rebuffed at White House

Given the President Obama's stated commitment to moving this country toward greater usage of renewable energy sources, the news contained in blog entry in today's New York Times is rather curious.

Okay, granted, the idea of some guy showing up at the White House and asking them to put solar panels on the roof may have been a publicity stunt. But the folks in the Obama's administration ought to be savvy enough to know that questions don't go away when you ignore them.

If' there's a legitimate reason for not installing solar panels at the White House, then come out and say it. But I also think there would be tremendous symbolism in such a move that might spur average Americans to follow suit.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wallingford to Get Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle

It turns out that last week's news that Proton Energy Systems has reached an agreement with Toyota Motor Sales USA to bring 10 of the automaker’s hydrogen-powered vehicles to Connecticut was also good news for the town of Wallingford, where the company is based.

Proton Energy Systems has offered the town the use of one of those vehicles - 2009 Toyota Highlander (shown in photo above). Mayor William Dickinson Jr. put an item concerning the offer on next Tuesday's Town Council agenda for discussion.

Dickinson wasn't available for comment on Wednesday about how the vehicle will be used if town officials agree to accept the offer. But officials from Proton Energy are scheduled to attend the meeting to make a presentation on how the vehicle works. Proton Energy Systems makes equipment used to derive hydrogen from water.

The cars will arrive in Connecticut in mid-October, around the time that a hydrogen refueling station opens at Proton Energy’s Technology Drive headquarters, Rob Friedland, the company’s president and chief executive officer, said last week. Four of the cars will be made available for use by Proton Energy employees, while the rest will be given to a still-undetermined group of community leaders to use, he said.

The refueling station at Proton Energy, which will be solar-powered, will cost $2 million. Proton Energy and its sister company, SunHydro, announced in January that the Wallingford refueling station would be the first of a dozen that the two companies will develop on the East Coast.
Update: Mayor Dickinson says the hydrogen-powered vehicle will be used by the town's Health Department. He says the town has the use of the vehicle for a six-month period.