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Core issues: NY considers aid for struggling nuclear plants

Core issues: NY considers aid for struggling nuclear plants

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s four nuclear plants, which generate more than a quarter of the state’s electricity, are going through turbulent times amid slumping power prices. And depending on how things play out, one or more could shut down entirely, affecting jobs, power reliability, electricity bills and carbon emissions. Though opposed by many environmentalists, New York’s nuclear plants ...

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Zoning appeal hearing set for nuclear plant addition

A reactor vessel in a nuclear power plant. The reactor vessel accommodates the fuel in the form of enriched uranium clad in metal tubes. The tubes are arranged in bundles placed in fuel assemblies. (Image: Vattenfall via Flickr)

BERWICK, Pa. (AP) — The owner of a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant is trying to build a 22,000-square-foot addition to dispose of spent nuclear fuel. The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports that Talen Generation applied for a permit to build the addition to the Susquehanna Steam plant, but Salem Township zoning officials denied the request. The plant is located in Berwick, about ...

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New vistas open up at small businesses that use drones

In this Thursday, April 14, 2016, photo, DroneLinx CEO Steve Metzman operates a drone to make videos and still images of an apartment building, in Philadelphia. DroneLinx, a service based in New York, takes shots of cellphone towers, bridges, oil rigs and utility lines that are difficult to get careful inspections of, Metzman says. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

NEW YORK (AP) — That drone flying around a suburban house might not belong to a wannabe pilot — it may be a tool that’s become indispensable for a small business. Many small companies have either built their business around drones or use them to do tasks they previously accomplished by regular planes and helicopters. The unmanned aircraft also take ...

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$8M NY energy competition planned for local communities

Solar Panel with rain

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is holding a contest to see which local communities can create the best plans for local, independent energy networks designed to keep the lights on during natural disasters. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state will award up to $1 million to eight winners who submit the best plans for community microgrids. ...

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Solar farm planned for northeastern NY; Whiteface to benefit

Solar Panel with rain

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (AP) — Developers plan to break ground on a solar farm in northeastern New York within the next three months. Borrego Solar will lease the land and own, operate and maintain the farm just south of the Canadian border. When completed, it will feed solar power into the local grid as part of a power purchase agreement between ...

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New York manufacturing expanded in April

FILE - This May 20, 2015, file photo, shows New York's Financial District, foreground, the Brooklyn Bridge and East River, center, and in the distance Brooklyn as seen from the observatory at One World Trade Center. On Friday, April 15, 2016, the Federal Reserve of New York releases its April survey of manufacturers in the state. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory activity in New York expanded in April at the fastest pace in more than a year, a sign U.S.manufacturing may be picking up after a tough 2015. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Friday that its Empire State manufacturing index jumped to 9.6 in April from 0.6 in the previous month. It was only the second ...

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Clinton, Sanders race in New York takes on a tougher tone

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. arrives to speak at a campaign rally, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Rochester, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — When he launched his longshot presidential bid last year, Bernie Sanders often said he liked Hillary Clinton but disagreed with her on issues. A year later, the Democratic primary candidate and his supporters seem to be finding a lot less to like. At packed arenas, Sanders devotes a significant portion of his campaign speeches to his ...

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Solar farm developers target New York with lease offers

The Long Island Solar Farm (LISF) is a 32-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant built through a collaboration including BP Solar, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the Department of Energy. (Image: Brookhaven National Laboratory via Flckr)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Less than a year after New York banned fracking, dashing the hopes of farmers who had hoped to reap royalties from natural gas leases, the commercial solar industry is courting landowners for energy production. Buoyed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s renewable energy plan and the extension of the 30 percent federal tax credit in December, solar ...

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NY nuclear plant outage extended to replace missing bolts

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. (Image: Hope Abrams via Flickr)

BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — A planned outage at the Indian Point nuclear power plant will be extended for several weeks after officials found missing bolts during an inspection. Entergy Corp., which runs the facility north of New York City, said Tuesday that more than 2,000 bolts had been inspected when the Indian Point 2 reactor was shut down. Company officials said ...

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NY finds 5 critical defects in latest rail inspections

Image: Patrick Perrotto via Flickr

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Transportation officials say teams have examined another 341 oil tank cars, 132 miles of track and 69 switches, finding five critical defects needing an immediate fix and 42 others. In the most recent effort to reduce potential dangers from crude oil transports across New York, federal and state inspectors report examining tankers at the CSX Corp.’s Frontier ...

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