$3 Billion Natural Gas Pipeline Plan Halted due to Loss of Funding, Permits

Major energy companies Eversource and National Grid, alongside pipeline operator Enbridge, announced on June 29 that they notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the three companies would suspend the permitting process for their natural gas pipeline project.

The approximately $3.2 billion project, known as Access Northeast, allegedly needs more time to create a stronger political support for a proposed tariff on electric ratepayers, according to oil news-analysis company, OilandGas360. The original curated legislation would “allow the costs to be shouldered by electricity customers,” and was met with a large amount of backlash.

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10 Tips to Save Money on Your Energy Bill This Season

Spring has finally sprung here in New England, and with warmer weather already hitting parts of the U.S., there’s no better time to share some of our favorite energy saving tips from the Department of Energy!

  1. Conduct an energy audit. This will help you determine where you can save the most.
  2. Use windows effectively. If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, turn off the AC and open your windows while you sleep. In the morning, shut the windows to capture the cool air and lock it inside.
  3. Set your thermostat properly. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
  4. Use smart ventilation strategies. Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home after a shower or bath. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).
  5. Decrease your use of appliances. On hot days, avoid using the oven as much as possible. Other options are to use the stovetop, a microwave or an outdoor grill. Wash only full loads of laundry and/ or dishes, then consider air drying them both.
  6. Use daylight over artificial light. Install efficient lighting that runs cooler, but try to take advantage of the increased amount of daylight. However, you should avoid direct sunlight.
  7. Take short showers instead of baths. Not only will this save you money, but you’ll also reduce your water use.
  8. Keep the hot air out. Seal cracks and openings to prevent warm air from leaking into your home. Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around doors and windows.
  9. Lower your water heating costs. Water heating account for about 18% of energy consumed in your home. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120º F).
  10. Keep your cooling system running efficiently. Avoid placing lamps to TVs near your AC unit. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary and drive up the cost on your energy bills.

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Could Renewable Energy Mean More Jobs?

As the Trump administration gets to work undoing many of the previous administration’s environmental progress, the best weapon for battling climate change in the U.S. may be jobs, analysts say.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the U.S. wind and solar industries employ more than 300,000 people. Right now, America’s solar industry employs nearly 209,000 workers, compared to about 150,000 jobs remaining in the domestic coal industry. In the wind energy sector, jobs have increased 20 percent since 2015.

Leaders of these industries say the rural areas that missed out on economic growth under the Obama administration are now benefiting from the expansion of clean energy. A study published in the the journal, Energy Economics, found that the growth of solar-related employment could absorb coal-industry layoffs and provide full-time positions for coal workers throughout the next 15 years. Additionally, after retraining, salaries for technical workers in the solar industry would surpass the money they made working in coal, the study found.

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ECSU Honors Titan Energy New England With Distinguished Award

On March. 17, Titan Energy New England was presented with the Eastern Connecticut State University Foundation Board of Directors Award at the University’s 2017 President’s Leadership Awards Luncheon. The luncheon is the premiere donor appreciation event of the year; in addition to recognizing Eastern’s top donors, the event also honored several distinguished alumni.

Chris Ramm, Titan Energy’s Vice President and General Manager accepted the award.

“This award is a great honor and a great surprise,” he said. “Titan has really enjoyed the relationship with Eastern, so to receive an award for something that you enjoy, know is the right thing to do and then see the benefits that result, it’s all very, very rewarding. We thank the University for taking the time to recognize Titan.”

Kenneth DeLisa, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at ECSU, spoke to the award acknowledging, in part, the success of the John F. Kearney Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

Launched in 2012 following the death of former Titan Energy New England President and CEO John F. Kearney, the eponymous scholarship is awarded to a qualifying student with financial need majoring in Political Science at ECSU.

“The John F. Kearney Jr. ’75 Memorial Endowed Scholarship is one of the fastest growing endowed funds at Eastern,” DeLisa said. “This is in large measure due to the leadership shown by Chris Ramm at Titan Energy and the Kearney family. Their support for Eastern students reflects John Kearney’s service to the University, especially as a member of the ECSU Foundation Board of Directors and as past president of the Eastern Alumni Association. I am sure John would be pleased to see the relationship that Titan Energy has established with his alma mater to support students with financial need.”

The President’s Leadership Awards honor the mission of the ECSU Foundation, Inc. and the ECSU Alumni Association, and celebrates the accomplishments, successes and dedication of the University’s alumni and friends.

About Titan Energy New England
Titan Energy is a leading, full-service energy consultant dedicated to bringing exceptional value to nonprofit, commercial, and industrial clients operating in all of the deregulated energy markets in the U.S. Our firm focuses on energy commodity procurement as well as on-site generation and complete energy efficiency turn-key solutions to help each client achieve his or her goals – whether that involves immediate savings or long-term risk management. We pride ourselves on giving our clients the information, guidance and confidence they need to make smart, customized purchasing decisions when it comes to energy specific needs.

Longtime Regional Grower Selects the Team of Titan Energy New England and Earthlight Technologies to Construct Solar Array

Photo credit: Earthlight Technologies

With more than 35 years of cultivating lush, thriving products under their belts, Prides Corner Farms, a family owned regional grower located in Lebanon, Conn., teamed up with Titan Energy New England and Earthlight Technologies to install a 1.7-acre solar power array last year. The solar panels cover the farm’s “shopping area,” where more than 2,200 varieties of plants are grown and supplied to independent garden centers, wholesale yards and landscapers throughout the northeast region of the country.

“The solar panels on the roof of our shipping area are a home run for Prides Corner. We are a leader in the green industry, nationally, and have a responsibility to be a great environmental steward. The installation of these panels makes this stewardship a reality in our town and our industry. We are proud to be an example of what others can and should do to promote green energy solutions.” - Timothy Kane, Marketing Manager for Prides Corner Farms.

The project began nearly two years ago, when Prides Corner Farms poured the cement for their “shopping area.” The company began looking for a way to reduce its operating costs while producing the needed power requirements in a clean, carbon-free way. After determining Prides Corner Farms would be a perfect candidate for a solar installation, Titan Energy New England joined the project along with Earthlight Technologies. A roof was built over the shopping area and 19 pallets of solar panels were installed on the south side.

“Prides Corner has been a longtime customer of Titan Energy and we’ve enjoyed a great relationship over the years. They had already started thinking in this direction and, like with any good idea, it took a total team view created by Prides Corner, Titan Energy and EarthLight Technologies to bring it to reality. Not only has the addition of solar power improved conditions for both employees and products, but it has resulted in a significant cost reduction for the business and a great contribution to clean, renewable energy. It’s a complete home run.” - Chris Ramm, Vice President and General Manager at Titan Energy New England.

The project was completed on Dec. 31, 2016, and has already provided significant savings to the company, improved working conditions for its 150 employees and has contributed to a green environment.

About Titan Energy New England
Titan Energy New England is a supplier-neutral broker and consulting group dedicated to bringing exceptional value to industrial, commercial and nonprofit customers who want to take charge of their gas and electricity expenses. Titan Energy’s specialized consultants work with clients to identify the energy provider that best meets their specific needs, and offer data-driven procurement and consulting solutions in deregulated markets throughout the Eastern region of the U.S.

About Earthlight Technologies
Earthlight Technologies is a local, family owned and operated business that provides turnkey solar solutions. Earthlight provides solutions for residential solar, commercials solar and commercial energy efficiency. Our services include in-house custom design, engineering, construction, financing, system monitoring, operations and maintenance. Our team is comprised of 50 employees and more than 375 customers, we are proficient in providing full-service solar solutions. Earthlight offers solar solutions that are affordable for every budget and we offer flexible finance options. Earthlight guarantees quality every step of the way.

About Prides Corner Farms
Prides Corner Farms is a family owned regional grower that has spent the last three decades serving the northeast quadrant of the country. Prides Corner grows more than 2,200 varieties of plants on more than 500 acres, and supplies independent garden centers, wholesale yards and landscapers from Maine to Virginia with lush, colorful, retail-ready products.