Energy http://wrvo.org en Hydrofracking decison may impact more than just oil and gas industry http://wrvo.org/post/hydrofracking-decison-may-impact-more-just-oil-and-gas-industry <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline">In a decision released last week, the highest court in New York ruled that local governments can ban drilling within their borders. And while hydrofracking remains on hold in the state, the ruling is expected to have a huge impact on the industry in New York if fracking is eventually permitted.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:22:28 +0000 Matt Richmond 58546 at http://wrvo.org Hydrofracking decison may impact more than just oil and gas industry Parties revisit home rule arguments in NY State Court of Appeals http://wrvo.org/post/parties-revisit-home-rule-arguments-ny-state-court-appeals <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The debate over whether a municipality can ban hydraulic fracturing within its borders was brought before the New York State Court of Appeals Tuesday afternoon. The Southern Tier town of </span>Dryden<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is defending its right to home rule against lawyers representing the bankruptcy trustee for Norse Energy.</span></p><p>Earthjustice managing attorney Deborah Goldberg says she feels confident bringing the case before the court because home rule is protected by the state constitution and New York isn’t alone.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:27:38 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 56791 at http://wrvo.org Parties revisit home rule arguments in NY State Court of Appeals One farmer weighs pros and cons of wind turbines http://wrvo.org/post/one-farmer-weighs-pros-and-cons-wind-turbines <p></p><p>Wind turbine company NextEra Energy is considering whether to build a $200 million wind energy project in the town of Catlin in Chemung County. The town board is finalizing the details of a new zoning law that will allow the project to move forward. So local farmers are weighing whether or not to allow the turbines on their property.</p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">It’s a windy day as Dan Teed makes his way up the side of a gravel road. Tall, twirling turbines stand like sentinels on the crest of the hill.</span></p> Sat, 31 May 2014 12:34:00 +0000 Matt Martin 56592 at http://wrvo.org One farmer weighs pros and cons of wind turbines Hydrofracking debate follows Obama to Cooperstown http://wrvo.org/post/hydrofracking-debate-follows-obama-cooperstown <p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:18:22 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 56237 at http://wrvo.org Obama's visit brings protesters on both sides of fracking http://wrvo.org/post/obamas-visit-brings-protesters-both-sides-fracking <p>President Barack Obama and the national press descended on the village of Cooperstown Thursday afternoon. His presence also brought out protesters both for and against the controversial process of drilling for natural gas, known as hydrofracking.</p><p>Victor Furman says it’s unfair that New York is beholden to what he calls an unfair moratorium, with such a resource at it’s feet.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:15:32 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 56204 at http://wrvo.org SUNY Cortland flips the switch on 3,600 solar panels http://wrvo.org/post/suny-cortland-flips-switch-3600-solar-panels <p></p><p>SUNY Cortland has flipped the switch on a solar panel field that will supply six percent of the college’s electricity needs.</p><p>The 3,600 solar panels are tucked off to the side of the college’s athletic fields. It was a two year project from start to finish and cost $3 million. SUNY Cortland was the first public college in the state to install such a project.</p><p>The panels produce 1.5 million kilowatt hours of power. The college has set a goal of getting 10 percent of its power from solar by 2050.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 10:32:01 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55579 at http://wrvo.org SUNY Cortland flips the switch on 3,600 solar panels The next decade in renewable energy http://wrvo.org/post/next-decade-renewable-energy <p><strong>Renewable Energy: What to Expect in the Next Ten Years</strong><br />Symposium held April 4, 2014<br />The Links at East Syracuse</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:26:13 +0000 Michael S. Ameigh 54618 at http://wrvo.org The next decade in renewable energy Some billing relief for National Grid customers after bitter winter http://wrvo.org/post/some-billing-relief-national-grid-customers-after-bitter-winter <p></p><p>National Grid customers should get some relief from their next energy bill after prices skyrocketed during a frigid winter, thanks to supply costs for electricity ticking down slightly.</p><p>National Grid says customers can expect their next electric bills to be 40 percent cheaper than the month before. A bill for 600 kWh of energy used will drop from $130 in March to $75 in April.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:09:15 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54469 at http://wrvo.org Some billing relief for National Grid customers after bitter winter Nuclear waste facility in political and environmental limbo http://wrvo.org/post/nuclear-waste-facility-political-and-environmental-limbo <div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio-wrapper" contenteditable="false"><div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio" fid="8648" description="" uri="npraudio://201404/Nuclear_Waste_1_-_KO.mp3" contenteditable="false"><div class="audio-player-wrapper"><div class="pi_assets-audio"> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:03:10 +0000 Kate O'Connell 54365 at http://wrvo.org Nuclear waste facility in political and environmental limbo Pennsylvania residents voice opinions over proposed pipeline that would go through Southern Tier http://wrvo.org/post/pennsylvania-residents-voice-opinions-over-proposed-pipeline-would-go-through-southern-tier <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Recently, Pennsylvania residents had the opportunity to voice their concerns or support for the Constitution Pipeline project, which would enter New York through Broome County and connect to an existing upstate pipeline. It was the last public hearing before its final approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:44:23 +0000 Matt Martin 53984 at http://wrvo.org Pennsylvania residents voice opinions over proposed pipeline that would go through Southern Tier Symposium draws focus toward future renewable energy use http://wrvo.org/post/symposium-draws-focus-toward-future-renewable-energy-use <p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:33:18 +0000 Gino Geruntino 53922 at http://wrvo.org Symposium draws focus toward future renewable energy use National Grid says supply costs, cold temperatures impacted winter electric rate spikes http://wrvo.org/post/national-grid-says-supply-costs-cold-temperatures-impacted-winter-electric-rate-spikes <p></p><p>For some people living in central and northern New York, this past winter wasn’t just cold and snowy, it was expensive too. The higher electric rates many customers were saddled with even prompted Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) to call for a federal investigation last week into whether or not consumers were being unfairly overcharged.</p><p>While at the 10th Annual Symposium on Energy in East Syracuse Ken Daly, president of National Grid New York, said that he shares the pain that many consumers felt when they received their bills during the coldest parts of the season.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:03:57 +0000 Gino Geruntino 53863 at http://wrvo.org National Grid says supply costs, cold temperatures impacted winter electric rate spikes Schumer calls for investigation into high winter electricity rates http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-investigation-high-winter-electricity-rates <p></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:07:45 +0000 Gino Geruntino 53706 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for investigation into high winter electricity rates Increase in ND oil rail traffic through New York raises safety concerns http://wrvo.org/post/increase-nd-oil-rail-traffic-through-new-york-raises-safety-concerns <p></p><p>A clear and present danger hiding in plain sight.</p><p>That’s how Cornell University’s Susan Christopherson describes the oil train traffic through the state.</p><p>A massive explosion caused by a runaway oil train in Quebec last July has raised awareness about the levels of flammable material being shipped by rail.</p><p>Christopherson, a professor of city and regional planning, says New York state finds itself with a mobile oil problem.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:32:07 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 53504 at http://wrvo.org Increase in ND oil rail traffic through New York raises safety concerns Oswego County nuclear plant shut down for the second time in less than a week http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-county-nuclear-plant-shut-down-second-time-less-week <p>For the second time in less than a week, the Nine Mile Point Unit 2 nuclear power plant in Oswego County experienced an automatic shutdown, due to a problem at the plant.&nbsp;</p><p>The shutdown happened around 4:30 p.m. Monday. According to a spokesperson from Constellation Energy, which owns the plant, a worker "inadvertently contacted a highly sensitive plant component." As a result, safety systems shut down the plant automatically.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:16:42 +0000 Jason Smith 52500 at http://wrvo.org Oswego County nuclear plant shut down for the second time in less than a week Draft energy plan draws criticism from environmental activists http://wrvo.org/post/draft-energy-plan-draws-criticism-environmental-activists <p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:43:02 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52308 at http://wrvo.org Draft energy plan draws criticism from environmental activists Power loss shuts down Nine Mile Point reactor http://wrvo.org/post/power-loss-shuts-down-nine-mile-point-reactor <p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:19:59 +0000 Gino Geruntino 52184 at http://wrvo.org Power loss shuts down Nine Mile Point reactor Potential flood risk causes citation at upstate nuclear plant http://wrvo.org/post/potential-flood-risk-causes-citation-upstate-nuclear-plant <p></p><p>The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a citation to the owners of the&nbsp;Ginna&nbsp;nuclear power plant in upstate New York. Preliminary inspection findings released Tuesday cited the plant for failure to address a long-standing flood risk. The issue is considered a low-to-moderate level safety concern.</p><p>It all comes down to an improperly sealed manhole at the plant, which could have allowed flood waters to breach the rooms housing emergency batteries.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:19:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 51569 at http://wrvo.org Potential flood risk causes citation at upstate nuclear plant Downed trees from ice storm will be turned into energy http://wrvo.org/post/downed-trees-ice-storm-will-be-turned-energy <p></p><p>All the power lines have been fixed after <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/north-country-scraping-its-way-out-blanket-ice" target="_blank">last month’s ice storm</a>, and the crystal coatings have melted off the trees, but there’s still a persistent sign of the damage: lots of downed limbs.</p><p>Yards in the northern half of Jefferson County are full of tangled branches, sunk in the snow. Extricating them is going to be a long process, but there’s a plan in the works to give them a new life as fuel.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:46:13 +0000 Joanna Richards 50261 at http://wrvo.org Downed trees from ice storm will be turned into energy Cuomo wants to increase biomass fuel use in New York http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-wants-increase-biomass-fuel-use-new-york <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>A less-heralded aspect of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 agenda is a plan to increase the number of homes and businesses burning biomass for heat. It has industry advocates excited, even if they have moderate expectations for growth.</p><p>It didn’t make his State of the State speech to the legislature, but in the longer, written version of his agenda, Cuomo says he wants to cut down the number of homes that use heating oil.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:26:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50039 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo wants to increase biomass fuel use in New York New test lab puts solar panels through our diverse weather http://wrvo.org/post/new-test-lab-puts-solar-panels-through-our-diverse-weather <p></p><p>There’s a handful of machines in this corner of the massive Intertek testing facility in Cortland. They’re all designed to make sure solar energy panels can withstand being outside for decades, enduring rain, snow and even hail.</p><p>Rick Lewandowski, the executive director of the Center for Clean Energy Technology, shows an older solar panel that didn’t pass their test.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:28:10 +0000 Ryan Delaney 49999 at http://wrvo.org New test lab puts solar panels through our diverse weather Low natural gas prices impact other energy companies' production decisions http://wrvo.org/post/low-natural-gas-prices-impact-other-energy-companies-production-decisions <p>The plummeting cost of natural gas is affecting energy companies' decisions on whether to start new production facilities, and that goes for nuclear energy, too.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:17:43 +0000 Gino Geruntino 48463 at http://wrvo.org Public Service Commission to be sued over withheld information http://wrvo.org/post/public-service-commission-be-sued-over-withheld-information <p>The state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is coming under fire yet again with claims that the body’s proceedings lack transparency.</p><p>A group of elected officials, ratepayers, and environmental groups announced Thursday that they’re filing a <a href="http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/Verified-Petition_Memo-Law.pdf" target="_blank">lawsuit</a> in state Supreme Court against the PSC in an attempt to gain access to documents relating to the future of two power plants in upstate New York.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:37:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48864 at http://wrvo.org Dunkirk power plant to switch to natural gas http://wrvo.org/post/dunkirk-power-plant-switch-natural-gas <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Many of New York’s power stations are reaching the end of their operating lives, with coal-fired plants becoming less viable from both a business and environmental standpoint.</p><p>This week, <a href="http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/12152013-dunkirk-power-plant" target="_blank">Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced</a> a $150 million deal that will see the coal-fired power plant in Dunkirk converted to burn natural gas.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:28:42 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48863 at http://wrvo.org Dunkirk power plant to switch to natural gas Plan for Binghamton to Syracuse pipeline cut in half http://wrvo.org/post/plan-binghamton-syracuse-pipeline-cut-half <p></p><p>A proposal to build a new natural gas pipeline from Binghamton to Syracuse has been scaled back due to a lack of interest from natural gas providers.</p><p>Millennium Pipeline Company <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/proposed-line-would-move-natural-gas-binghamton-syracuse" target="_blank">wanted to construct the line</a> from the Southern Tier to the town of Onondaga, just south of Syracuse, along Interstate 81, connecting three existing east-west lines. But now they’re considering just going from Binghamton to Cortland and connecting two lines.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:29:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48753 at http://wrvo.org Plan for Binghamton to Syracuse pipeline cut in half Passive house takes on upstate winter http://wrvo.org/post/passive-house-takes-upstate-winter <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Think of a large thermos, large enough to put a family in. That’s a passive house. Passive houses are buildings that rely on their construction, insulation, and the environment to heat them in winter and cool them in summer.</p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:34:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48176 at http://wrvo.org Passive house takes on upstate winter Anti-gas pipeline group warns residents of I-81 pipeline http://wrvo.org/post/anti-gas-pipeline-group-warns-residents-i-81-pipeline <p></p><p>Homeowners along an abandoned gas line across three central New York counties are getting advice about how to deal with gas companies who may come knocking.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:00:56 +0000 Ellen Abbott 47425 at http://wrvo.org Anti-gas pipeline group warns residents of I-81 pipeline Oswego County legislators visit Wyoming County to discuss wind energy http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-county-legislators-visit-wyoming-county-discuss-wind-energy <p></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:24:39 +0000 Gino Geruntino 46816 at http://wrvo.org Oswego County legislators visit Wyoming County to discuss wind energy PSC rules redacted information must be disclosed http://wrvo.org/post/psc-rules-redacted-information-must-be-disclosed <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> The state Public Service Commission (PSC) has come under scrutiny in recent weeks with claims that there’s a lack of transparency in its proceedings.</p><p>The commission’s handling of plans for the future of two coal-fired power plants in upstate New York has been particularly criticized.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 45961 at http://wrvo.org PSC rules redacted information must be disclosed Oswego & Cortland compete to lower energy consumption http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-cortland-compete-lower-energy-consumption <p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:14:48 +0000 Gino Geruntino 45522 at http://wrvo.org Oswego & Cortland compete to lower energy consumption