wind power


Tue November 8, 2011

Are you ready for some wind power? Buffalo Bills install turbines

Thirty small wind turbines are now generating electricity under the large scoreboard of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Courtesy photo Buffalo Bills

Ralph Wilson Stadium has long been known as one of the windiest venues in the National Football League.

Now, the home stadium of the Buffalo Bills, known as "the Ralph," is taking advantage of it. Thirty small turbines now harness wind blowing into the venue for electricity.

The devices made their debut at the Bills vs. New York Jets home game Sunday. Painted red and blue, the turbines, about three feet in height, are located under the stadium's large western scoreboard.

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Fri October 7, 2011

Indian Point closure causes power dilemma for New York

Indian Point, in Westchester County, currently provides 25 percent of New York City's power. However, six percent of Americans live with a fifty-mile radius of its two aging nuclear reactors.
Sono Salvo via Flickr

Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters that he thinks the power produced by downstate's Indian Point nuclear plant could be replaced, if the plant were to be taken offline.

What Cuomo thinks is important, because he's led the charge to shutter Indian Point, when its reactor licenses expire in 2013 and 2015, for safety reasons.  Six percent of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of Indian Point - the same evacuation zone threshold that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recommended for the Fukushima Daiichi plant following the Japanese earthquake earlier this year.

Not surprisingly, momentum to close Indian Point has increased since March.

But the state now has to figure out how to replace it.

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Wed October 5, 2011

Energy law opponents bristle at Albany "dictating their destiny"

Some communities don't want power lines blocking their sunset, so they're banding together against the "Article X" provision of a new state law.
Brian Hefele via Flickr

It was just a single bullet point in a giant omnibus energy bill.  

Tucked between energy efficiency initiatives in the Power NY Act, Article X (pronounced "article ten"), had support from advocates for green power, who wanted to make it simpler to site new power plants in New York.

But now that single bullet point has blossomed into something else: a fight.

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Tue April 12, 2011

Great Lake towns still waiting for GLOW

Issues like handling ice floes in relation to wind turbines in Lakes Erie and Ontario still need to be worked out, according to the New York Power Authority.
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Western New Yorkers are still waiting to hear what the state’s Great Lakes Offshore Wind (GLOW) power project will look like. An announcement about where wind turbines would go - and in which lake, Erie or Ontario - was originally slated to come in January, and was then pushed back to the end of March. Now the timeline could run well into summer.

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Fri February 11, 2011

Ontario says "no" to offshore wind

The Province of Ontario announced today that it's stopping offshore wind development.
NapaneeGal via Flickr

Ontario is putting the brakes on offshore wind development.

The province released a statement today. The message is pretty clear:

Ontario is not proceeding with proposed offshore wind projects while further scientific research is conducted.   

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