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IBM Takes On The Science of Solar-Power Forecasting

weather

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — At the headquarters of IBM Research, a curved glass structure surrounded by acres of woods, clusters of high-powered servers hum constantly, their digital eyes trained on the clouds. Information from weather services, satellites and a fleet of cloud-tracking cameras near solar arrays streams into the computers, whose singular goal is to crack the billion-dollar problem facing ...

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IP pipeline project advances

pipeline in the works

TICONDEROGA — International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill is one step closer to getting a natural-gas pipeline from Vermont to power its operations. Vermont state regulators recently approved the first phase of a proposed 43-mile-long natural-gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury, Vt. Phase II would extend it another 11 miles, in part under Lake Champlain, to the Ticonderoga paper mill. IP would ...

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Seward scrutinizes proposed pipeline route

scrutinize

A stretch of the proposed Constitution Pipeline that would take the natural gas transmission line through the Charlotte Forest in Delaware County is being questioned by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. In a letter to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission official, released by the agency Thursday, Seward encouraged the federal regulators to shift the route away from the Henry S. ...

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GE profit rises 5 pct in 4Q

GE posts strong profit in 4Q, meets analysts’ expectations NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. says its net income rose 5 percent in the fourth quarter on rising profits from the sale of aircraft engines, oil and gas drilling equipment and appliances. Its adjusted earnings matched Wall Street expectations. Its shares edged higher in premarket trading. GE reported net ...

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Judge tosses Sidney’s fracking moratorium

judgement

Lawyers on both sides of the controversy over whether municipalities can zone out gas drilling in New York are debating the significance of a Delaware County Court ruling that tossed out the town of Sidney’s nearly year-old moratorium against fracking. The decision, handed down Jan. 9 by Acting Delaware County Supreme Court Judge John Lambert, stopped short of dealing with ...

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State allots more funds for farm projects

farm funds

Farmers may apply for state funding for projects to improve operations and cut costs through aid announced by the governor Tuesday. Almost $21 million will be available in two programs, according to a media release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The funding will help dairy farmers convert farm waste into energy and develop business and environmental plans to reduce operating costs ...

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Power bills skyrocket

High bills

ELIZABETHTOWN — The controversy over a big increase in National Grid bills this month sparked outrage Tuesday from some Essex County lawmakers. Electricity prices jumped 50 percent or higher last month statewide, the hike blamed on cold weather and increased demand for natural gas. Many National Grid customers got their bills at the end of last week, fueling protests to ...

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Cold weather pushing up electricity rates

Thermostat

ALBANY — People opening their electricity bills across the state are going to be facing sticker shock. Electricity prices jumped last month by more than 50 percent on average in the Capital Region and statewide, fueled by cold winter weather and surging demand for natural gas, which is used to generate much of the state’s electricity as well as for ...

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Water crossings impede pipeline

frozen rivers

MALONE — Two water crossings and weather issues have delayed progress on the 48-mile natural-gas pipeline being built in northern Franklin County. Contractors are taking longer than anticipated to break through large rock formations under Farrington Brook and Little Salmon River, said Jim Ward, general manager of Enbridge-St. Lawrence Gas. The company is building the $41 million transmission line from ...

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One voice draws chorus of causes

Protest group

ALBANY — It’s unlikely that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will spend more than a moment talking about hydrofracking in Wednesday’s State of the State address: He barely mentioned the controversial natural gas drilling technique in last year’s speech, and the state’s decision-making process on the issue has moved barely an inch in the intervening 12 months. But that won’t stop what’s ...

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