energy series


Fri March 22, 2013

Installations up, but solar can't deliver a renewable future alone

Solar Liberty crew installing solar panels
Ashley Hassett/Innovation Trail

In mid-2012, the NY-Sun initiative was launched to make solar power in the state more affordable. But much still needs to be done make solar technology truly competitive.

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Thu March 21, 2013

Will hydropower from Quebec supply New York City?

Power generation at Beauharnois
Credit Courtesy Hydro-Québec

In Québec, electricity is cheap. Hydro-Québec, a state-owned utility, has over 60 generating stations that use the province’s rivers to produce power. One of them is Beauharnois, southwest of Montreal on the St. Lawrence River.

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Wed March 20, 2013

New York's coal-fired power plants: repower or take offline?

NRG's power plant in Dunkirk, N.Y. is one of many coal-fired plants facing an uncertain future.
Kate O'Connell Innovation Trail

It's a tough environment for coal-plants in New York state. The state is home to some of the oldest power facilities in the country, which operate under stricter emissions regulations introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Tue March 19, 2013

$1 billion "green bank" would invest in clean tech projects

An energy-efficient heating and cooling system being tested at the Syracuse Center of Excellence.
Syracuse Center of Excellence

More energy-efficient technologies, from water heaters to wind turbine, have been coming onto the marketplace for decades.

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Mon March 18, 2013

Jury still out on Cuomo's Energy Highway blueprint

freefotouk Flickr

On a residential street outside of Albany, there is a discreet red-brick building. There’s no sign telling drivers that the flow of all the electricity in New York state is being controlled inside. The organization at the controls is the New York Independent System Operators (NYISO). They’re a non-profit created after New York’s energy markets were opened up in the '90s.

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