energy

12:53pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Politics

Cuomo says fracking study will be out by year's end

During Wednesday’s only gubernatorial debate, Governor Cuomo said that the long awaited health review on potential dangers of hydrofracking will be completed by the end of the year.
Credit Eileen Buckley/WBFO

During Wednesday’s only gubernatorial debate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the long awaited health review on potential dangers of hydrofracking will be completed by the end of the year.

Cuomo, answering a question on whether fracking, which is on hold in New York, will begin in the next four years if he’s re elected, says an over two year old health review will be concluded by the end of the year, though not before Election Day.

He says he’s told experts at his Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation to “give me a report.”

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8:45am

Tue June 17, 2014
Fracking

State Assembly votes in favor of three-year fracking ban

New York's state Assembly has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas for three years, but that's as far as the bill is likely to go.
 
Monday's 89-34 vote in favor of the ban on fracking could be largely symbolic, since the Senate isn't expected to consider the legislation before lawmakers adjourn later this week.
 
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says there's no reason to rush a decision on fracking before its effects on health and the environment are better understood.
 

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9:38am

Mon May 19, 2014
Solar

Broome County Legislature shelves deal with SolarCity

Credit Emily/via Flickr

The Broome County Legislature has temporarily shelved a deal with California company, SolarCity, to build a solar panel project for the county. Some legislators are concerned because the company is under investigation by the federal government.

The deal with SolarCity would help reduce energy costs for the county. The deal got unanimous approval in the county’s Economic, Education, and Culture Committee, before it was known that the company was part of a federal investigation.

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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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