Pandemic Launches a Wave of Black-Owned Businesses

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A team of economists in a recent analysis of eight states is reporting a surge in business registrations in the weeks after the public received federal stimulus payments. The increase was particularly dramatic in majority Black neighborhoods.  But Black business owners and people familiar with the Black business community in Connecticut say that furloughs and available funds weren’t the only factors that drove people to become entrepreneurs — in many cases, the new businesses were born out of a need to escape from the stress of the pandemic. Stephanie Aris, an ICU nurse at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, said

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472-foot Ship ‘Charybdis’ to Install Wind Turbines out of New London

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RICHMOND, VA. — Ørsted and Eversource have agreed to charter the first Jones Act-qualified offshore wind turbine installation vessel in the United States from Dominion Energy for the construction of two offshore wind farms located in the waters off New England.  Dominion Energy, Ørsted and Eversource announced the contract on Monday for the 472-foot ship, named Charybdis, which will operate first from State Pier in New London to install Ørsted-Eversource’s 704-MW Revolution Wind and 924-MW Sunrise Wind farms.  Neither Dominion Energy nor Eversource would disclose the cost of the charter agreement due to “commercially sensitive information.” Ørsted could not be

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Report: 1 in 10 Chance Electricity Needs Outstrip Supply this Summer in New England

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Summer heat always carries the risk of power shortages as electric customers use more power to keep themselves cool, but a new industry report says predictions based on extreme and less likely weather scenarios could result in power shortages in New England this summer. Those scenarios are based on above average levels of heat and humidity that have a one-in-ten chance of happening. A report the North American Electric Reliability Council released on Wednesday identifies New England as one of five regional electric grids where demand for electricity is likely to exceed available supply if temperatures are higher than normal.

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Local Startup Aims to Expand Offshore Wind Business into New Jersey, Maryland

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NEW LONDON — Sea Services North America has begun hiring fishermen to provide marine services and safe navigation for offshore wind projects, including the joint ventures of Ørsted and Eversource in the Northeast.  “Our mission is to increase fishermen safety, provide opportunity to the fishermen, while supplying scouts and safety vessels to offshore developers,” said Gordon Videll, chief executive officer and co-founder of Sea Services North America, based in Waterford.  The company’s collaboration with Ørsted and Eversource brings together fishermen from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York to provide monitoring services and support vessels during the construction of offshore

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Eric Foster Takes Five Questions on Business, Debt and Bankruptcy

Eric Foster is a business lawyer and debtor rights attorney in Old Saybrook, who has been practicing law for more than 28 years. Foster formerly worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he focused on the regulation of the lending activities of banks. Now, Foster advises small business owners and advocates for debtors, helping them negotiate loans or file for bankruptcy. In a conversation with CT Examiner, Foster shared his perspective on the state of consumer rights in Connecticut.  In the aftermath of the pandemic, what is the state of bankruptcies in Connecticut?  During COVID, there was

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As Vineyard Wind Gets Go Ahead, Long-Term Costs for Consumers Remain Cloudy

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With federal approval of an 84-turbine, 800 megawatt wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts on Tuesday, the path is now clear for a number of outsized wind projects planned off the coast of the northeastern United States. Vineyard Wind, located in the Atlantic Ocean south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, will be the first utility-scale offshore wind project in the U.S., following a much smaller 30 MW Block Island wind project off of Rhode Island and a 12 MW pilot project for Dominion Energy off the coast of Virginia. The $2 billion Vineyard Wind project will provide Massachusetts with

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Janine Sacco Talks Spring Wines with CT Examiner

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The arrival of invites to picnics and early summer parties reminds me that in spite of the cool spring weather, and the lingering COVID, it is already early May, when I like to buy a case or two of wine to have on hand for company. Nothing rich or particularly pricey. I’m looking for wine that pairs well with food, but doesn’t require it, on the balance more fun than cerebral — mainly whites, a couple of rosés, a light red, a sparkler — because they are joyful and versatile — but I want one that I wouldn’t feel guilty

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As Health Information Exchange Launches, Patient Advocates Warn of ‘Subscriptions’ to Private Data

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After 15 years of false starts and $43 million dollars spent, Connecticut’s long-awaited health information exchange is finally “open for business,” state officials announced on Monday. The exchange is expected to collect and share patient data between healthcare providers across the state, which officials say will improve care, reduce redundant testing and lower healthcare costs through efficiency.  But a funding strategy that charges “subscriptions” for access to that health data has raised privacy concerns for patient advocates who warn of a lack of clarity regarding who will have access to that data. Ellen Andrews, executive director of the Connecticut Health

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A Year Without Jury Trials

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After more than a year without jury trials in the state of Connecticut, lawyers and legal observers warn that the effects of the delay will far outlast the pandemic.  Already hundreds of defendants, convicted of no crime, have sat in pretrial detention for the past year – some held for bail amounts of as little as $1485 – as many others are released back into their communities to await trials that may not come for years. Witnesses have moved, memories have faded, and in some cases, victims of sexual assault share neighborhoods with their alleged perpetrators.  Criminal jury trials can

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