Jul 10, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than 14,000 utility customers in upstate New York are still without power two days after violent storms tore across the region, killing four people and destroying several homes in a rural town Go to full article
Vermont utility is warning people to stay away from downed power lines. Photo: Kristin Brenemen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Jun 04, 2014 — On Monday the Environmental Protection agency introduced its ambitious new plan to combat climate change: a proposed regulation called "The Clean Power Plan" which would require fossil fuel power plants nationwide to cut their carbon emissions by nearly a third by the year 2030. Go to full article
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Albany, NY, Mar 19, 2013 — Late last year, the Cuomo administration laid out its agenda to address New York's future energy requirements. All this week, reporters from the Innovation Trail are putting different parts of that complex energy puzzle under the microscope.
In this first report, Matt Richmond examines the goals of that plan, known as the Energy Highway Blueprint. Go to full article
Potsdam, NY, Nov 27, 2012 — Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced New York would invest $250 million to develop smart grid technologies to modernize the state's energy grid.
IBM has just awarded a Clarkson University professor working on smart energy grid systems a $10,000 grant to help him continue his research, and develop coursework for students to train the next generation to use this hot technology. Go to full article
A portion of the proposed underwater power cable route. Image: TDI
Plattsburgh, NY, Aug 29, 2012 — Opposition appears to be growing to a big new power line that would funnel electricity from hydro dams in Quebec to consumers in New York City. The $2 billion Champlain-Hudson Power Express would bury the cable under Lake Champlain and Hudson River.
The Toronto-based company developing the project hopes to have it online by 2016. But a growing number of critics say Canadian power would edge out producers in upstate New York and cost jobs on this side of the border. Go to full article
Who should pay to operate Great Sacandage Reservoir and its massive dam? Photo: HRBRRD
Lake Luzerne-Hadley, NY, May 23, 2012 — A new ruling by a state Supreme Court could force five counties in the North Country and the Hudson Valley to pay millions of dollars a year to help fund dam operations in the southern Adirondacks. The decision found that it is reasonable for counties to be charged for the benefits they receive in the form of flood protection from dams located on Great Sacandaga and Indian Lake.
As Brian Mann reports, county leaders in the North Country say footing the bill for dam operations would add new pressure on taxpayers at a time when budgets are already tight. Go to full article