energy

9:42am

Fri April 18, 2014
Energy

Some billing relief for National Grid customers after bitter winter

Credit NationalGrid.US

National Grid customers should get some relief from their next energy bill, after prices skyrocketed during a frigid winter because supply costs for electricity ticked down slightly.

The company says customers can expect their next electric bills to be 40 percent cheaper than the month before.

That’s a reflection of cheaper than anticipated supply costs two months ago. The energy provider predicts supply costs that far ahead based on the market. February turned out to be lower than expected, so April bills will be down.

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10:54am

Thu January 23, 2014
Polar Vortex

Downed trees from ice storm will be turned into energy

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 8:18 am

Kids play amid downed tree limbs in Watertown after last month's ice storm.
Joanna Richards WRVO

All the power lines have been fixed after last month’s ice storm, and the crystal coatings have melted off the trees, but there’s still a persistent sign of the damage: lots of downed limbs.

Yards in the northern half of Jefferson County are full of tangled branches, sunk in the snow. Extricating them is going to be a long process, but there’s a plan in the works to give them a new life as fuel.

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6:30am

Fri January 17, 2014
Renewable Energy

Cuomo wants to increase biomass fuel use in N.Y.

Sarah Cody via Flickr

A less-heralded aspect of Governor Cuomo’s 2014 agenda is a plan to increase the number of homes and businesses burning biomass for heat. It has industry advocates excited, even if they have moderate expectations for growth.

It didn’t make his State of the State speech to the legislature, but in the longer, written, version of his agenda, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to cut down the number of homes that use heating oil.

To do that, Cuomo wants to launch a biomass heating program called Renewable Heat N.Y.

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5:09pm

Wed January 15, 2014
Upstate Solar Testing

New test lab puts solar panels through our diverse weather

Rick Lewandowski, executive director of CECET, loads a solar panel in a testing lab in Cortland, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

There’s a handful of machines in this corner of the massive Intertek testing facility in Cortland. They’re all designed to make sure solar energy panels can withstand being outside for decades, enduring rain, snow and even hail.

Rick Lewandowski, the executive director of the Center for Clean Energy Technology, shows an older solar panel that didn’t pass their test.

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1:10pm

Thu December 19, 2013
Energy

Dunkirk power plant to switch to natural gas

Kate O'Connell

Many of New York’s power stations are reaching the end of their operating lives, with coal-fired plants becoming less viable from both a business and environmental standpoint.

This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $150 million deal that will see the coal-fired power plant in Dunkirk converted to burn natural gas.

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