Hydrofracking, Marcellus Shale, wind power, solar power, nuclear power, and renewable energy stories from across upstate New York.

The latest drive for Solarize CNY is the largest campaign the grassroots solarize group has tackled, moving beyond Onondaga County into surrounding counties.  And since this latest push started, more than 700 homeowners have signed up for a site assessment to look at the feasibility of a solar system on their property. But while the solarize movement has been successful so far, there are concerns about the future.

New York State is investing millions in clean energy alternatives, with some of the funds being directed toward the Southern Tier.

Pipeline fight puts focus on Federal agency

Sep 22, 2015


The Constitution Pipeline almost passed through Cindy Beach’s backyard. But the route changed - now, the pipeline will be about two football fields away from Beach’s house in the Village of Franklin in Delaware County. 

To get the change, she asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, if it was possible to bypass her small property. But one neighbor wasn’t so lucky; Beach says the pipeline company is taking part of his property by eminent domain.

With fracking banned, pipelines are at the center of the natural gas debate in New York State. That puts one particular federal agency--the FERC--in the middle of the controversy.


A longtime coal-burning energy plant in the Town of Tonawanda faces closure under a plan submitted by its owner to the New York State Public Service Commission. Seventy-nine jobs are slated to be cut by next March.

Jenna Flanagan/WMHT

A small but passionate group of About 50 activists with the Sierra club, gathered on the southern lawn of Albany’s Academy Park to deliver a 14-thousand signature petitions demanding Governor Cuomo deny the bailout of the Cayuga Power Plant. 

The bailout would come via the governor’s Public Service Commission that currently subsidizes the plant to the tune of $4 -million a month.

The Tompkins County installation has two units that burn coal, and one that uses natural gas or oil depending on the market.