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Members of the Planning Board for the town of Cape Vincent and members of Lyme's Town Council have criticized company BP Wind Energy for not communicating over its plans for a $300 million industrial wind farm; Joanna Richards from North Country Public Radio updates the story.

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Welcome to the Innovation Trail Mix for Friday. 

As we've been reporting, folks are biting their nails over the delay with the Farm Bill.

“Government is the public’s independent reviewer,”  assures DEC Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens.

Investment in NY tech hits a five-quarter low.

Governor Cuomo announces a series of regional tours starting in October to assess the progress and implementation of economic development plans.

The Insurance industry has launched a task force on hydrofracking.

Just a few weeks after President Obama visited the Capital Region, an important member of his cabinet was also in town.

Energy Secretary, and Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Steven Chu was in the area to tour the GE Global Research center outside of Schenectady. He also received an honorary degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

During his visit, Chu sat down with New York NOW to talk about national energy policy, and some of the issues facing New York - like the future of hydrofracking and nuclear power.

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It's not looking good for subsidies for renewable energy.

A 30 percent upfront tax credit for commercial renewable power projects known as the 1603 program expired at the end of 2011.

Another 30 percent credit for wind projects, that's a part of the long-debated payroll tax bill, is scheduled to expire at the end of 2012.

And while there are still a host of incentives offered by states and the federal government that remain unaffected, the question is inevitable:

Is the federal government preparing to cut loose the renewable power industry?

2011 was a choppy year for wind power in New York State.

It was marked by both high-profile failure, of an ambitious Great Lakes offshore wind project, and smaller-scale successes, like keeping a small wind farm in local hands. But overall, wind power in New York has been growing at a steady clip.

And while wind still accounts for about one percent of the state's energy mix, recent legislation in Albany has primed the pump for small-scale wind development across the state.

Kevin Schulte, CEO of Ontario, N.Y.-based Sustainable Energy Developments (SED), is eager to seize that opportunity.

"The status quo is changing,"says Schulte. "We've gotta move forward. We've gotta change. And that's not always easy."