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State makes emergency change in siting regulations for wind power projects

The New York state Department of Public Service last week revised its definition of “revision,” making it possible for a company building a wind turbine to modify its approved plans without triggering a new public hearing. An emergency ruling in ...

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NY creates $5B clean energy fund

ALBANY — New York has established a $5 billion clean energy fund to encourage renewable sources of electricity such as wind and solar, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to generate half of the state’s energy from renewable sources by ...

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Central NY salt mine where workers were rescued remains idle

LANSING (AP) — A central New York salt mine remains idle four days after 17 miners had to be rescued when an elevator got stuck 900 feet below ground. Mark Klein, a spokesman for Minneapolis-based Cargill Inc., says work at ...

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Worker dies in accident at Tonawanda Coke plant

TONAWANDA — An employee of the Tonawanda Coke plant near Buffalo has died in an industrial accident. Authorities say a 60-year-old man was killed while doing routine maintenance on a freight elevator at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. The victim’s name ...

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New York plots path to renewable energy goal

ALBANY — New York is taking steps to accomplish Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal of generating half of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Cuomo’s administration says Monday that it will task the state’s Public Service Commission with enforcing ...

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New York finds Peabody climate statements misleading

ALBANY — New York’s attorney general says Peabody Energy violated state laws with misleading statements to investors about financial risks from climate change and potential regulatory responses. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says St. Louis-based Peabody, the largest publicly traded coal ...

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Fracking case comes down to standing

Clarification is being sought from the state Court of Appeals on a rule requiring injury to someone in a case involving land issues be different from the general public at large. The Sierra Club, other environmental groups and village of ...

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Supreme Court seems troubled over energy pricing rule

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed troubled by a federal regulation backed by environmental groups that requires utilities to pay big electric customers who save energy during times of peak demand. The Obama administration and other supporters ...

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Solar wafer plant to anchor WNY business park

BATAVIA — A Massachusetts company whose goal is to make solar power cheaper than coal announced plans Wednesday to build a manufacturing facility that could eventually provide up to 1,000 jobs in western New York. Bedford-based 1366 Technologies will be ...

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SolarCity to make most efficient solar panel

SolarCity says the rooftop panels it will make at a plant being built in Buffalo have been rated the most efficient in the world. The San Mateo, California-based solar installer says Friday the new module produces 30 to 40 percent ...

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Gordon to lead NYSDERA effort

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced the appointment of Donovan Gordon as director of Renewable Thermal, where he will lead efforts to develop markets that support clean, high-efficiency, renewable thermal systems, including solar cooling, heating and ...

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Rochester-based company receives federal $ for battery development

NOHMs Technologies Inc. is the recipient of a $1.64 million federal-private contract that will speed development of advance electric vehicle batteries and improve performance, affordability, and safety. NOHMs, with support from the US Department of Energy and the US Advanced ...

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