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New York cracks down on independent energy retailers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is tightening the rules on independent energy retailers who promise big savings to consumers who switch from traditional utilities. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state will require the companies to guarantee savings for residential and small business customers. The rules wouldn’t apply to energy companies that derive at least 30 ...

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Northern NY wood power plant suffers from low energy prices

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LYONS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — A northern New York plant that burns wood chips to produce electricity is in danger of closing because of low energy prices. Larry Richardson, CEO of ReEnergy, tells the Watertown Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1QlExP3 ) the company’s wood chip-burning cogeneration plant in Lyonsdale could close in 60 to 90 days without a power purchase agreement. He ...

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US factory output rises in January by most in 6 months

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, a Boeing employee works on a horizontal stabilizer for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, at Boeing in Salt Lake City. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, the Federal Reserve reports on industrial production for January. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories cranked out more autos, furniture and food last month, boosting production by the most since July. Manufacturing output rose 0.5 percent in January, after falling in four of the previous five months, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday. Overall industrial production, which includes mining and utilities, added 0.9 percent, the biggest jump in 14 months. The ...

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17 governors announce clean energy, transportation agreement

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Governors from 17 states said Tuesday that they will work together to develop cleaner energy and transportation as they look to lead a national shift to renewable fuels. The states vary widely in their approach and sources of fuel, but the bipartisan group said its goal is to cooperate on planning and policies. The pact — known ...

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Western New York town contemplates finances post power plant

TONAWANDA, N.Y. — A western New York town is re-thinking its financial picture with the impending closure of a coal-fired power plant. The Huntley Generating Station in Tonawanda is slated for closure next month. Now the town is in line for $160,000 in federal funding to develop a long-term economic plan in response to the loss in tax revenue. Sen. ...

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New York ranks 4th in the nation for solar energy jobs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The sixth annual census by a nonprofit solar research and education group shows New York ranks fourth in the nation in solar technology jobs. The Solar Foundation reports in its 2015 census that 208,859 Americans now work in the solar energy sector, including 8,250 in New York. The foundation says it’s the third consecutive year that ...

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Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

NEW YORK — A leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City’s suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation’s atomic plants, some watchdogs said. New testing has shown that the amount of tritium in the groundwater below the Indian Point power plant in Buchanan, New York, is about 740 times the ...

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Cuomo calls for probe into NRG handling of Dunkirk plant

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DUNKIRK, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for an investigation of NRG Energy’s handling of its Dunkirk power plant. In a letter to the Public Service Commission Wednesday, Cuomo describes what he calls grave concerns about the New Jersey company’s behavior in the wholesale market and impact on the state. NRG announced plans to mothball the coal-fired ...

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Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant on the Hudson River in New York. (Image: Tony via Flickr)

NEW YORK  — Watchdogs say a leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City’s suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation’s atomic plants. New testing has shown that the amount of tritium below the Indian Point power plant in Buchanan is about 740 times the amount allowed in drinking water. Officials ...

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Gas prices still dropping across northern New England

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices keep dropping across northern New England. Among the three states, the price-tracking website GasBuddy.com says gasoline prices are lowest in New Hampshire, where the average price fell 3.2 cents per gallon last week to $1.76. The average price per gallon in Maine was $1.85 down 3.2 cents from last week. In Vermont, the average ...

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