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Even National Grid can’t add it up

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ALBANY — Just when it appeared that gas and electric bills couldn’t get any higher, they did. National Grid revealed Monday that it sent out incorrect natural gas bills to tens of thousands of customers in the Capital Region last month — undercharging them by about $10 apiece. The revelation, which National Grid chalked up to human error, came just ...

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The Buzz: Capital Region power cost is in the fast lane

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One way that Capital Region residents can lower their electricity bills is to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Energy Highway project. Bottlenecks in the high-voltage transmission system in our area cause wholesale electric prices to be substantially higher than those in the rest of the state. Essentially, we need more transmission lines, which is what Cuomo is trying to achieve through ...

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FERC: Statement on pipeline is coming ‘soon’

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will issue a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Constitution Pipeline “soon,” a spokeswoman for the agency said Friday. Tamara Young-Allen, contacted by The Daily Star at FERC headquarters in Washington, D.C., said the agency will not announce in advance the date of the release of the document. However, she confirmed the release ...

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Need for pipelines cited at Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference and Exhibition

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Marcellus shale drillers need more pipelines to get their bountiful supply of gas to market, but improving the delivery infrastructure could cause them growing pains. The challenge of growing the delivery network without pressuring prices with more supply is something on the minds of industry officials who are attending a conference in Pittsburgh this week. “All these supplies that we’re ...

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NY governor orders emergency response review for oil rail shipments

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Jan 29 (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ordered state agencies to review and update emergency response plans for rail shipments of crude oil that pass through the state in the wake of recent derailments out of North Dakota’s energy patch. In the statement announcing the review, Cuomo cited an oil derailment and subsequent explosion in July ...

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Huntley plant at risk of closure, report finds

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The Huntley Station power plant in the Town of Tonawanda is at risk of shutting down due to declining revenues and a shift in the energy market, a report released Tuesday states. The study was commissioned by the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York and completed by an Ohio consulting firm, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. ...

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ZEN prep work starts

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ALBANY — Work has begun on the so-called ZEN building at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering that will house the school’s clean-tech and renewable energy labs. Columbia Development of Albany, of the of area’s largest developers, is also going to build another building on the NanoCollege campus that will become the temporary home to Tech Valley High ...

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Progress is ‘swift’ on RiverBend land deal

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New York State has agreed on terms to buy the 88 acres of city-owned land in South Buffalo that will house a new high-tech and clean-energy complex at RiverBend. The deal marks what officials call “swift progress” in advancing a monumental project that seeks to transform a former steelmaking site from a brownfield into a green-power economic driver. It comes ...

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Fire rages at Mississippi biodiesel plant, injuries unknown

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NEW YORK Jan 22 (Reuters) – A fire raged at a biodiesel complex after an explosion that was felt miles away in northern Mississippi on Wednesday, a county sheriff dispatcher said, and while there were no reports of injuries, it was unclear whether all workers were accounted for. The dispatcher for the Sheriff of Union County, who declined to be ...

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Cold snap draining fuel supplies, prices spiking

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Record high prices for propane, natural gas in some markets as cold snap saps fuel supplies NEW YORK (AP) — A second fierce blast of winter weather is sapping fuel supplies in many regions and sending prices for propane and natural gas to record highs. Higher natural gas prices are also leading to sharply higher wholesale electricity prices as power ...

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