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State shifts jobs effort

Larry Rulison | The Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deal with SolarCity to build a $900 million solar panel factory in Buffalo is based on a funding model developed at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany that turns the tables on traditional economic development. Instead of providing SolarCity with state grants or tax breaks to subsidize the ...

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Area homeowner: ‘Renewables are do-able’

Denise Richardson | The Daily Star (Oneonta, N.Y.) Investing in solar energy collection systems can benefit owners of residential and commercial properties with savings and energy efficiency, speakers at a program in Davenport said Tuesday. “Renewables are do-able,” said Rob Head, a homeowner in Burlington, who described how solar energy systems are saving him money on heat and electricity. “It works.” ...

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Propane storage urged in caverns

WATKINS GLEN — The state’s propane industry is pushing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to clear the way for a long-planned underground natural gas and propane storage facility in the Finger Lakes region near Watkins Glen. Speaking at the annual conference of the New York Propane Gas Association in that city, President Rick Cummings said safety concerns, voiced by the region’s wine ...

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Study documents county water resources

A more complete inventory of Otsego County’s water resources is now available, thanks to a privately funded study. However, residents are now being encouraged to conduct additional tests on their own. Organized by the Otsego County Conservation Association, the “What’s In Our Water?” Campaign saw the testing of 84 different wells in Otsego County. Funding for the study, which totaled ...

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Solar plan to cost $5B


Larry Rulison | Times Union ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo revealed Tuesday that SolarCity is planning a $5 billion expansion in New York state that will include building the nation’s largest solar panel factory in Buffalo. Although SolarCity had released its plans to build a “gigawatt” factory in Buffalo a few months ago, the scope of its plans had still ...

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It startles as H-word is uttered by Collins


Jerry Zremski | The Buffalo News WASHINGTON — In the midst of what might have been the happiest Buffalo Nite in Washington ever, Rep. Chris Collins spoke a hard truth about everyone’s happiness that seemed to some like, well, pouring fracking wastewater in the punch bowl. “The reason the Bills are staying in Buffalo is because of Terry Pegula and ...

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Editorial: New findings on fracking


Albany Times Union Editorial Our opinion: Two new reports further our understanding of fracking, but many issues remain. Two studies released this week suggest that the gas drilling process known as fracking isn’t in itself contaminating groundwater, but sloppy well construction. While some may see that as a vindication of horizontal hydraulic fracturing, it’s no doubt likely to seem like ...

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NY DEP eyes Cannonsville Reservoir for hydropower


Mark Boshnack | Daily Star A plan to build a 14-megawatt hydroelectric facility at the Cannonsville Reservoir was announced Tuesday in a media release from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently gave the agency a license to build the facility in the town of Deposit, which is estimated at a cost $72 ...

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Pegula made his fortune by tapping into the fracking frenzy


New Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula owes his good fortune to a thin layer of pitch-black rock that lies about a mile underground — and to the controversial process used to extract the natural gas trapped within it. It turned Pegula, a self-made billionaire, into one of the country’s wealthiest people. It gave him the money to buy the Bills, ...

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