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    STRATFORD -- Visitors to the council chambers at Town Hall may have noticed that the room is lighted by a pair of outsized candelabra-style lighting fixtures. In the old days of incandescent bulbs, they each consumed about 640 watts of power. Now they're glowing with light-emitting diodes, and they use only about 144 watts. The updated lamps are part of a massive $10 million project that's cutting energy use -- primarily heating, lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration -- and topping the state in municipal energy savings. "Stratford is a leader -- they're out in front in taking energy savings to the next level," said Patrick McDonnell, United Illuminating's director of conservation and energy management. "There's really no magic here -- you use the energy savings to pay off your investment." State Rep. Laura Hoydick, R-Stratford and a ranking member of the Legislature's Energy and Technology Committee, agreed with McDonnell's assessment. "In the school system alone, from 2005 to 2010, the town saved $1.5 million in reduced energy use," she said. Overall, Stratford has updated 37 of the 50-plus buildings owned by the town, according to officials. The town's latest $10 million undertaking is largely funded as a loan from a private sector initiative called the Energy Savings Performance Contract, or ESPC. The money will be paid back over the next decade from the cost savings the town is enjoying on heating oil, n...


    German waste to energy technology manufacturer, Doosan Lentjes, a part of Doosan Power Systems, is to deliver key boiler technologies for a new waste to energy facility being built in Krakow, Poland. Doosan said that the plant will be based on its air-cooled reciprocating grate and boiler technology. As a key subcontractor to POSCO Engineering & Construction of South Korea, Doosan Lentjes is to supply a complete boiler system for the plant, which will consist of two lines capable of processing up to 220,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste per year. The company added that the new plant is currently the largest waste to energy plant under construction in Poland. According to Doosan the contract includes engineering, procurement and delivery of equipment as well as services for construction and commissioning. The plant, scheduled for completion by the end of 2015, will combine Doosan Lentjes’ reciprocating grate and steam generator technologies to produce electricity and district heat. Doosan added that it has installed similar technologies at several waste to energy plants worldwide, most recently at plants in Frankfurt, Germany and Harlingen, Netherlands. Once complete the plant is expected to generate around 8 MW of electricity and some 35 MW of heat.

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  • Check out these pictures of the horribly ugly industrial site built in a beautiful farm field at Mercer County College. I got them from Teresa Lourenco, who lives nearby andabout whom I wrote not long ago.She and her neighbors live next to what was once a beautiful farm field now covered with 45 acres of metal - all in the name of environmentalism. Then read these links to all the disasters connected with wind power. Of particular interest to New Jerseyans is the piece about a windmill in England that collapsed in a mere 50-mph wind. Such winds are common off the Jersey Coast. How would they do in a hurricane? We'll find out if our politicians get their way and waste billions of dollars repeating this fiasco off our cost.

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    The £250,000 tower, which stood as tall as a six storey building, was hit by gale force gusts of 50mph. The 50KW structure then collapsed at a farm in Bradworth, Devon, leaving a "mangled wreck". Margaret Coles, Chairwoman of Bradworthy District Council, said hail storms and strong winds have hit the area and the turbine, installed just three years ago, simply could not withstand the wind. "The bolts on the base could not withstand the wind and as we are a very windy part of the country they [the energy company] have egg on their face," she said. "There are concerns about safety."

    People are only now waking up to what a scam...

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