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Little frack support in NY’s Southern Tier


Brian Nearing | Albany Times Union COLONIE — Most people who live in the target zone for potential natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, understand that a gas boom could provide money and jobs, but still oppose it over concerns of polluted water and air, according to a recent poll from Time Warner Cable News and Siena College. The poll ...

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Switch in NY clean energy funds


Brian Nearing | Times Union ALBANY — A revamped $250 million state program to subsidize more electricity from alternative energy could help drive down prices to the state by making it less expensive for developers to borrow money, an environmental advocate said. Begun a decade ago, the state Renewable Portfolio Standard is on the way out, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

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PPL interstate transmission project both costly and lucrative


Sam Kennedy | The Morning Call PPL Electric Utilities has plans to build a new electricity transmission network that would span Pennsylvania and branch into New York, Maryland and New Jersey, the utility announced Thursday. At the heart of the massive undertaking — expected to cost ratepayers $4 billion to $6 billion and possibly earn PPL hundreds of millions of ...

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PPL plans major new transmission line spanning Pennsylvania


Scott Kraus | The Morning Call PPL Electric Utilities Corp. has launched a bid to build a new $4 to $6 billion electricity transmission network that would span Pennsylvania and cross the border into New York, Maryland and New Jersey. The Allentown-based utility has filed an application with PJM Interconnection, which oversees the regional power grid for most of the ...

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Vineyards sour on gas storage plan


Brian Nearing | Albany Times Union ALBANY — The multibillion-dollar wine and tourism industry in the Finger Lakes could be damaged unless Gov. Andrew Cuomo blocks a planned underground natural gas and propane storage facility at Seneca Lake near Watkins Glen, a coalition of vineyard owners said Wednesday at the state Capitol. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is weighing ...

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Gas line may grow


Brian Nearing | Albany Times Union WRIGHT — A Texas-based energy company expects to file plans this fall with federal regulators on expanding a natural gas pipeline that runs through upstate New York so it can transport hydrofracked gas from Pennsylvania into northern Massachusetts and Boston. Houston-based Kinder Morgan wants to expand its pipeline, which passes through upstate, including Schoharie, ...

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Wheatfield passes ban on future use and storage of biosolids


Thomas Prohaska | The Buffalo News WHEATFIELD – The Wheatfield Town Board voted unanimously Monday to ban the use and storage of biosolids in the town, except by those who already have permits. The law was triggered by controversy over the disposal of byproducts from an anaerobic digester operated by Quasar Energy Systems on Liberty Drive. The facility takes food ...

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SolarCity’s prospects upbeat as Cuomo sees more state incentives


David Robinson | The Buffalo News Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Monday he is optimistic that an expanded incentive package will be worked out for Silevo and its potential acquirer, SolarCity, to build a sprawling solar panel factory in South Buffalo. “It’s not done yet, but I have a good feeling,” Cuomo said Monday in Buffalo. Last November, the state ...

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Rep. rips anti-fracking director’s SUCO event


Joe Mahoney | The Daily Star A planned stage production at the State University College at Oneonta, involving a well-known filmmaker involved in the anti-fracking movement, drew a howl of protest Friday from pro-drilling Otsego County Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts. “How is it that this guy has all the answers?” Powers asked rhetorically in reference to Josh Fox, who won ...

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Schumer eyes credits to turn yogurt waste into fuel


Joe Mahoney | The Daily Star While the Chobani yogurt plant in Chenango County continues to allow its whey to be used as fertilizer and cattle feed, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday he wants to create new tax incentives for the upstate dairy industry to convert the waste product into energy. Schumer said many Greek yogurt and dairy product ...

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