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Future of fracking is up in the air

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The future of hydraulic fracturing in New York may be nonexistant if the state keeps putting off approving environmental regulations. “Why it doesn’t happen in New York is politics,” Brian Sampson, executive director of Unshackle Upstate, told a group Wednesday ...

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NRC lets Constellation transfer nuke licenses

SCRIBA (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the direct transfer of operating licenses for five commercial nuclear power reactors, including three in upstate New York. The licenses for the Nine Mile Point and Ginna nuclear power plants on ...

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Schumer seeks review of electric bill increases

ALBANY (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for an investigation into soaring electricity prices. The Democrat said Wednesday that he’s urging the Federal Trade Commission to look at whether utility prices have been artificially inflated. Schumer said consumers have ...

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Appellate ruling could knock wind out of energy project

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Changing circumstances on a proposed wind turbine project in Cattaraugus County justified the Allegany Town Planning Board’s decision against granting an application extension, an appeals court has ruled. The Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in its unanimous decision March 21, found ...

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Nuclear plant shut down again after restart

SCRIBA — A nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario has been shut down again after being brought back online following a previous six-day outage caused by a problem with an off-site power supply. Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, owner of Nine Mile ...

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$28.6M awarded for solar projects

ALBANY — The state’s NY-Sun initiative has awarded $28.6 million to 37 projects across the state, including 29 photovoltaic projects that will add 33.6 megawatts of solar power generation capacity. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that under the NY-Sun initiative, a ...

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House backs bill to block EPA power plant rule

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House moved Thursday to block President Barack Obama’s plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, an election-year strike at the White House aimed at portraying Obama as a job killer. Ten coal-state or Southern ...

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State ranked 5th for green building

The U.S. Green Building Council has ranked New York state fifth for green building on its list of top 10 states for 2013. New York certified 259 projects representing 37.84 million square feet of real estate, or 1.95 square feet ...

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RG&E aiding upgrades to Canandaigua facility

Rochester Gas and Electric, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, will provide up to $250,000 in funding for the purchase and installation of equipment to meet the complex energy needs of a growing list of companies at the State University College ...

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NEXUS-NY to review applications

New Energy Xcelerator in UpState NY, a new initiative aimed at identifying and validating new clean energy technologies developed in upstate New York, has received 56 applications from clean-energy innovators. The application period closed on Dec. 22. “We were pleasantly ...

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NY energy plan released; doesn’t include fracking

ALBANY — New York’s long-term energy plan focuses on increased use of renewable energy and clean technology, while reducing consumer utility bills. The plan, released Tuesday for a 60-day public comment period, calls for expanding use of natural gas instead ...

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