energy http://wrvo.org en Offshore wind energy faces setbacks in Great Lakes http://wrvo.org/post/offshore-wind-energy-faces-setbacks-great-lakes <div><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The United States is not yet generating a watt of energy from commercial offshore wind. A couple of years ago, it looked like the Great Lakes might lead the nation. Pennsylvania was among a handful of states working with federal agencies to speed up the process. &nbsp;As recently as a couple of months ago, construction of a wind farm in Lake Erie, off the Ohio shoreline near Cleveland, looked promising. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:03:17 +0000 Julie Grant 58176 at http://wrvo.org Offshore wind energy faces setbacks in Great Lakes 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 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 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 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 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 Fracking chemicals can disrupt hormones http://wrvo.org/post/fracking-chemicals-can-disrupt-hormones <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>Chemicals used in the process of hydraulic fracturing can disrupt the body’s normal hormone function according to new research published recently in the <em>Journal of Endocrinology</em>.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:58:26 +0000 Kate O'Connell 48798 at http://wrvo.org Fracking chemicals can disrupt hormones 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 Cape Vincent tells state: we want decision on wind farm http://wrvo.org/post/cape-vincent-tells-state-we-want-decision-wind-farm <p>The town of Cape Vincent, in Jefferson County, has been divided over a proposed wind farm for a decade. The latest company to pursue the project is BP. But now, with a potential sale in the works, residents told the state power project siting board they’re getting impatient with the uncertainty.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:11:18 +0000 Joanna Richards 48379 at http://wrvo.org Cape Vincent tells state: we want decision on wind farm Meeting in Cape Vincent could shed light on wind farm's future http://wrvo.org/post/meeting-cape-vincent-could-shed-light-wind-farms-future <p></p><p>A proposed wind farm in Cape Vincent, in Jefferson County, has been in limbo since energy company BP said earlier this year that it's planning to sell off its entire wind power division.</p><p>Town officials have been anxious for news about the wind farm's fate since then. The review process that produced one tense public meeting after another came to an abrupt halt earlier this year.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:47:32 +0000 Joanna Richards 48074 at http://wrvo.org Meeting in Cape Vincent could shed light on wind farm's future Whose fault was Norse Energy's bankruptcy? http://wrvo.org/post/whose-fault-was-norse-energys-bankruptcy <p></p><p>New York’s hold on high-volume hydrofracking has entered its sixth year. Norse Energy first tried to stay afloat until fracking was approved, but then gave up and converted to Chapter 7, a complete shutdown of operations. The company and fracking supporters cited the state’s de facto moratorium as the obvious culprit.</p><p>Norse’s former chief legal officer Dennis Holbrook says drillers just can’t compete anymore using the drilling methods still allowed in New York.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:41:38 +0000 Matt Richmond 46620 at http://wrvo.org Whose fault was Norse Energy's bankruptcy? Natural gas storage regulations get wrapped up in fracking fight http://wrvo.org/post/natural-gas-storage-regulations-get-wrapped-fracking-fight <p>Anti-fracking activists are also fighting New York’s efforts to lift a ban on small natural gas storage and fueling facilities. A public information session on the matter held in Syracuse on Wednesday became about the larger natural gas industry.</p><p>New York is the only state to ban small-scale natural gas storage. That came after a 1970s facility accident in New York City. Now, under efforts from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, new fueling stations for trucks could be built as early as next year.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:09:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45763 at http://wrvo.org Natural gas storage regulations get wrapped up in fracking fight Cuomo says no "do-over" needed on fracking health review http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-says-no-do-over-needed-fracking-health-review <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state&rsquo;s health study of hydrofracking doesn&rsquo;t need a &ldquo;do-over&rdquo; as a member of his administration&rsquo;s review panel charged Wednesday.</p><p>Cuomo appeared unfamiliar with Binghamton Assemblywoman <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/key-fracking-panelist-calls-health-study-do-over" target="_blank">Donna Lupardo&rsquo;s call for a new health review</a> when asked about it in Utica on Thursday.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:45:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45476 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo says no "do-over" needed on fracking health review Opposition forms to proposed Binghamton to Syracuse pipeline http://wrvo.org/post/opposition-forms-proposed-binghamton-syracuse-pipeline <p></p><p>A group opposed to the construction of a new north-south natural gas pipeline that would run from Binghamton to Syracuse is hoping to get its message to landowners along the route before the gas company does.</p><p>Millennium Pipeline Company this May <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/proposed-line-would-move-natural-gas-binghamton-syracuse" target="_blank">proposed building the Upstate Pipeline</a> which would connect three east-west pipelines already in operation.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:13:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 44584 at http://wrvo.org Opposition forms to proposed Binghamton to Syracuse pipeline Copper ink could cut cost of solar energy systems http://wrvo.org/post/copper-ink-could-cut-cost-solar-energy-systems <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>The commercialization of a new industrial process in upstate New York could lead to cheaper, greener solar energy systems.</p><p>Nanotech company <a href="http://www.intrinsiqmaterials.com/" target="_blank">Intrinsiq Materials</a> has been awarded $887,000 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (<a href="http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/" target="_blank">NYSERDA</a>) to take their idea forward.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:09:46 +0000 Kate O'Connell 39433 at http://wrvo.org Copper ink could cut cost of solar energy systems Bill aims to increase number of 'green' homes built in state http://wrvo.org/post/bill-aims-increase-number-green-homes-built-state <p><a href="http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S1710-2013" style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill passed in the State Senate</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> aims to increase the number of green homes built in New York state.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The legislation would give municipalities the power to grant tax exemptions for green home construction in their district.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:27:00 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 39253 at http://wrvo.org Competing solutions Dunkirk coal plant's future http://wrvo.org/post/competing-solutions-dunkirk-coal-plants-future-0 <p>The changing face of New York’s energy landscape has brought uncertainty about the future of the state’s coal plants. The future of one particular plant in western New York has become a hot topic.</p><p>Plummeting natural gas prices and tightening emissions restrictions have made the NRG Energy plant in Dunkirk unviable from a business standpoint.</p><p>But, the plant is too important to the reliability of western New York’s electricity grid to simply shut it down.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:41:51 +0000 Kate O'Connell 39150 at http://wrvo.org Competing solutions Dunkirk coal plant's future Underwater power line could bring N.Y. power to New England http://wrvo.org/post/underwater-power-line-could-bring-ny-power-new-england <p>A Massachusetts company wants to build an underwater transmission line from Plattsburgh to Burlington, Vt. that could give New York energy producers access to a new market.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:11:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 39080 at http://wrvo.org New York's top court asked to hear fracking home rule cases http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-top-court-asked-hear-fracking-home-rule-cases <p>New York’s top court has been asked to decide whether local governments can ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing.</p><p>Last month a mid-level appeals court ruled unanimously in favor of upholding local bans in the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, meaning there’s no requirement for the case to be taken up by the top court.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:02:00 +0000 Kate O'Connell 39020 at http://wrvo.org Old coal plant on Fort Drum reopens as biomass facility http://wrvo.org/post/old-coal-plant-fort-drum-reopens-biomass-facility <p>A once-idled coal plant on Fort Drum has been given new life. ReEnergy Black River is creating dozens of new jobs in the North Country – while maintaining a focus on the environment.</p><p>State and local officials gathered recently at the facility to celebrate its grand opening.<br><br>Over the past year and a half, New York-based company ReEnergy Holdings has retrofitted the plant on Fort Drum to burn biomass instead of coal. Its primary fuel will be wood chips, created from the waste of the nearby logging industry on the Tug Hill Plateau and southwestern Adirondacks.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:46:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 38919 at http://wrvo.org Old coal plant on Fort Drum reopens as biomass facility Proposed line would move natural gas from Binghamton to Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/proposed-line-would-move-natural-gas-binghamton-syracuse <p>An energy company is looking into building a natural gas pipeline from near Binghamton to the Syracuse area. Millennium Pipeline Company is <a href="http://www.millenniumpipeline.com/documents/OpenSeasonAnnouncementFinal.pdf" target="_blank">currently soliciting feedback</a> from natural gas suppliers about their proposal to connect three supply lines running east-west across upstate New York, with a north-south line. Tue, 21 May 2013 10:24:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 38146 at http://wrvo.org Proposed line would move natural gas from Binghamton to Syracuse National Grid power upgrade grant helps Jefferson County dairy farm expand http://wrvo.org/post/national-grid-power-upgrade-grant-helps-jefferson-county-dairy-farm-expand <p></p><div style="font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 8px; margin-right: 8px; margin-bottom: 8px; margin-left: 8px; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: normal; "><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">A Tylerville dairy farm, in Jefferson County, is growing, in part thanks to help from National Grid. The company awarded the farm a grant of $50,000 to increase its access to electricity. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 11:11:36 +0000 Joanna Richards 37269 at http://wrvo.org National Grid power upgrade grant helps Jefferson County dairy farm expand Court decision no deterrent for gas companies http://wrvo.org/post/court-decision-no-deterrent-gas-companies <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>New York’s second highest court upheld the right for two municipalities to ban gas drilling last week. But, that decision won’t deter gas and oil producer Lenape Resources from appealing a similar ban in the upstate community of Avon. Mon, 06 May 2013 16:08:25 +0000 Kate O'Connell 37336 at http://wrvo.org Court decision no deterrent for gas companies Court upholds 'home rule' over drilling laws http://wrvo.org/post/court-upholds-home-rule-over-drilling-laws <p>In two separate rulings Thursday, New York's appellate court, the state's second highest court, ruled that the state's Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law (OGSML) does not preempt municipal land use laws. Thu, 02 May 2013 17:48:42 +0000 Matt Richmond & Matthew Leonard 37177 at http://wrvo.org Court upholds 'home rule' over drilling laws Solar program has success in small upstate New York county http://wrvo.org/post/solar-program-has-success-small-upstate-new-york-county <p>The thing that strikes you when you walk up to Jimmy Golub's farm on the western edge of Madison County are the giant solar panels covering the part of the roof on his barn that faces west. The 45 panels are part of a 10 kilowatt solar system, that provides all the electricity the farm needs. Thu, 02 May 2013 11:39:35 +0000 Ellen Abbott 37136 at http://wrvo.org Solar program has success in small upstate New York county