Lansing

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Mon July 8, 2013
Energy

Debate over coal plant shows challenges of energy transition

Coal-fired turbines at Cayuga power plant in Lansing, N.Y.
WSKG

Once every week, a freight train loaded with coal makes its way through Ithaca to the coal-fired power plant north of town in Lansing, on the shore of Cayuga Lake. Those shipments may stop soon.

The state’s Public Service Commission is considering the future of the Lansing plant. The pending decision has sparked a local debate that says a lot about the challenges New York will face if it’s serious about switching to new sources of power.

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