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Higher prices power up new ideas


Brian Nearing | Times Union COLONIE — When the cost for electric power plants in New York to emit climate-changing greenhouse gases last week remained near an all-time high, it was helping the state to continue support for a mix of energy programs like an innovative hydrogen recycling company in Latham. Begun in 2009, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is ...

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National Grid customers can count on higher bills in future


Larry Rulison | Times Union ALBANY — Don’t count on your electric bill shrinking over the next 15 years. National Grid is forecasting that by the year 2029, the average residential electric bill, including electricity, delivery charges and taxes and fees, in upstate New York will rise from $89.62 a month to $132.38 — an increase of 47 percent. And ...

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Poll finds Pennsylvania, New York at odds on fracking


Residents of Pennsylvania and New York differ greatly in their views on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a new public opinion poll has found. StateImpact reports that, according to poll results, 54 percent of Pennsylvanians support “the development of shale gas” while only 29 percent of New Yorkers felt the same. The survey was a joint effort by the University of ...

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Editorial: Still too early to say OK to fracking

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Oneonta Daily Star Editorial The story goes that when then-President Richard Nixon visited Beijing in 1972, the Chinese premier, Zhou Enlai, a noted historian, was asked about the effects of the 1789 French Revolution. “Too early to say,” was his response. It turned out that Zhou probably misunderstood the question, but his answer lives on as a cautionary tale to ...

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New Initiative to Accelerate Clean Energy Deployment on Long Island


EnerKnol | Breaking Energy Through PowerUp Long Island, state agencies will work with Long Island energy companies to advance clean energy development and deployment. On August 22, 2014, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of PowerUp Long Island, a collaboration of state energy agencies and local utilities to boost clean and renewable energy development in Long Island. ...

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Port neighbors join in oil protest


ALBANY — Located at the corner of Green Street and Fourth Avenue in the South End, the Rev. McKinley Johnson’s church is just a few hundred feet from a crude oil terminal at the Port of Albany. “We smell things all the time from over there,” said Johnson, pastor to about 150 people who belong to the St. John’s Church ...

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Port’s grain shipments slow as harvest grows


Eric Anderson | Times Union ALBANY — Grain shipments to Cargill’s massive elevator at the Port of Albany are facing delays as rail congestion grows in the upper Midwest. Grain trains “are getting through but they’re delayed,” said Richard Hendrick, general manager of the port. Hendrick said he will meet next month with two managers from Cargill, and that the ...

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Environmentalists raise concerns about gas line under French Creek


Don Hopey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A proposed Marcellus Shale gas pipeline project under French Creek, just across the Pennsylvania border in southwestern New York, puts at risk endangered freshwater mussels in one of the nation’s most ecologically diverse waterways, according to the Allegheny Defense Project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is reviewing a February proposal by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline ...

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High voltage line could bring money, but harm ecosystem


Brett Sholtis | York Daily Record PPL Corporation, an energy and utility holding company, recently announced a proposal to run high voltage power lines from Western PA into New York, New Jersey and Maryland. The company said they don’t know yet whether the Maryland-bound line would run through York County, but preliminary plans show the line heading through South Central ...

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