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Officials express concerns over closing Huntley plant

New York State should look closer at other options before NRG Energy shutters the Huntley Station power plant in the Town of Tonawanda, local officials told the state Public Service Commission. NRG plans to shut down the plant in March. Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and other officials wrote a joint letter to the commission this week “to express ...

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Immigration fuels Cruz-Rubio Republican clash

MUSCATINE, Iowa — More than any other issue, immigration is driving the rivalry between Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, presidential rivals focusing on the divisive topic in their closing messages to Republican voters before the sprint to the Iowa caucuses. Cruz, a Texas senator and tea party firebrand, sees Rubio’s support for a more forgiving immigration policy as his greatest ...

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SolarCity and Congress reach deal on taxes, spending to extend solar energy investment

WASHINGTON — Buffalo’s burgeoning SolarCity development got a big boost from Congress on Wednesday in the form of a tax and spending deal that would extend the solar energy investment tax credit for five years while allowing businesses to claim the tax break more quickly. The expanded solar energy tax credit highlighted the tax and spending deal, which also includes ...

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Cheap gas spurs SUV sales and puts U.S. climate goals at risk

A car is filled with gasoline at a gas station pump in Carlsbad, California August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

WASHINGTON/DETROIT – Surging demand for trucks and SUVs fueled by cheap gasoline is holding back improvements in U.S. fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, a government report due out on Wednesday is expected to show. The disconnect between consumer demand for larger, less efficient vehicles and the Obama administration’s climate goals sets up a clash between the auto industry and ...

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Average gas price soon under $2, lowest since recession

FILE - In this May 8, 2015 file photo, gas station attendant Carlos Macar pumps gas in Andover, Mass. Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession. The nationwide average price of a gallon of regular Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 was $2.02, down 58 cents from this time last year, according to auto club AAA. Experts say it could drop below $2 in the coming days. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

DALLAS — Gasoline is close to breaking below a key psychological barrier as drivers enjoy some of the cheapest pump prices since the recession. The nationwide average price of a gallon of regular Saturday was $2.02, down 58 cents from this time last year, according to auto club AAA. Experts say it could drop below $2 a gallon in the ...

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Pipeline opponents puzzled by leaders’ words, actions about proposed project

Though New Hampshire leaders in Washington and Concord recently gave statements expressing concern about the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, their actions have caused confusion among pipeline opponents about where they really stand. Last week, three members of the N.H. congressional delegation and the state’s governor spoke out against the interstate pipeline, which would pass through 17 towns in southern ...

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Energy stocks, beaten down all week, lead a market rebound

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are broadly higher in afternoon trading Thursday following a three-day losing streak. Energy companies climbed after being beaten down over the past several days. Eight of the 10 sectors of the Standard and Poor’s 500 index rose. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 141 points, or 0.8 percent, to 17,634 as of 2:16 ...

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