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Developers seek more time to build Constitution Pipeline

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Constitution Pipeline Company is asking federal regulators for more time to build a 124-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania’s shale fields to eastern New York. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a permit for the pipeline in December 2014 on condition of getting a state water quality permit and completing work by December 2016. But New ...

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Solar projects can’t save the forest for the trees?

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WADING RIVER, N.Y. (AP) — A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red. Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant has stirred outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands. “Choosing solar over forests anywhere in the world is ...

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APNewsBreak: NY utility plans largest US offshore wind farm

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York utility plans to construct a wind farm off eastern Long Island that would be the nation’s largest offshore wind energy project, three times larger than one due to go online this year off Rhode Island. The Long Island Power Authority’s board of directors is expected to approve the proposed 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm ...

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House GOP subpoenas NY, Mass. AGs on climate change probe

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating a political fight over global warming, a Republican House chairman issued subpoenas Wednesday to two Democratic state attorneys general, seeking records about their investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee, is pursuing records from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts ...

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Negotiators aim for sale to keep FitzPatrick nuke plant open

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Negotiations to save the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant from closure by selling it to the operators of a nearby nuclear plant on Lake Ontario are underway. Exelon said Wednesday it was in discussions to purchase Entergy Corp.’s FitzPatrick plant in Scriba, New York, which employs more than 600 people and produces enough electricity to power more ...

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Communities bypass utilities to save money, push green power

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York communities are changing the way their residents buy electricity under an initiative designed to save people money while promoting locally-produced, renewable energy. New York is the seventh state to allow community choice aggregation, which lets cities, towns and villages form energy-buying groups that automatically enroll all residents and small businesses. Instead of buying ...

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Sheen in Lake Ontario identified as oil from nuclear plant

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SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) — A spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a sheen on Lake Ontario has been traced to a small oil spill from the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant. The U.S. Coast Guard responded Sunday to a report of a sheen near the plant in Scriba, about 40 miles north of Syracuse. Neil Sheehan of the NRC tells ...

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Empty bounce house goes airborne, hits NY electricity tower

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — No one was inside an inflatable bounce house when a strong wind gust sent it flying into a western New York electric power transmission tower during a child’s birthday party. WIVB-TV in Buffalo reports (http://bit.ly/28IlQRX ) a family in the city of Niagara Falls had gathered Saturday for a backyard party when a big gust ...

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New York puts up $36 million for energy-efficient buildings

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state is putting up $36 million to increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings such as office towers, universities, hospitals and retail stores. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority says the money is for two new initiatives estimated to cut the energy bills of participating buildings by more than $200 million over ...

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Editorials from around New York

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Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: June 7 – The Times Herald Record of Middletown on the New York Senate ignoring climate legislation There’s an impressive list of legislation piling up as the term ends in Albany. The problem is, the list is full of bills that are not going anywhere even if they are supported ...

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