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It’s become pretty clear that shipping oil by rail raises serious issues. That might make the case for pipelines seem more attractive, but nothing’s ever simple, is it? We’re still left with questions about pipeline safety. Plus...
The supply and price of natural gas is buffeted by local factors and global markets. Between those two pressure points, natural gas prices are suddenly on the rise. Two weeks ago an In Box post mentioned that a major supplier of natural gas in...
Winter seemingly came early this time around. It stayed late and it sure hit hard. With apologies, perhaps that was our fault. You see, the spouse and I enjoy cross country skiing. Every year we earnestly pray for snow. Hey! Success! As one...
BP announced earlier today that it’s ”divesting” from the controversial Cape Vincent project it’s been working on for nearly a decade. Our reporter Joanna Richards is working on the story, but here’s a statement...
Those who follow the debate about the Keystone XL Pipeline have very likely formed their own opinion about the project’s merits, or dangers. Further presentations may not change any minds. The controversial project is still awaiting approval...

Apr 14, 2014 — Luminescent paint absorbs energy during the daylight hours and then glows green in the dark. If widely adopted, the inventor envisions an energy-saving smart highway.
Apr 9, 2014 — As vertical farming takes root in cities around the world, critics fear it's leaving a big carbon footprint. An experiment in Chicago turning garbage into energy aims to prove them wrong.
Apr 4, 2014 — Thanks in large part to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. finds itself awash in domestic energy — and moving rapidly toward self-sufficiency and a position of strategic and economic strength.
Apr 2, 2014 — It has been nearly 2 months since a metal stormwater pipe ruptured near the Dan River. A federal criminal probe was launched into the relationship between Duke Energy and a state environmental agency.
Mar 31, 2014 — In many ways, the world is "ill-prepared" for the dangers, scientists say in a new report. They also say efforts to improve energy efficiency and cut water consumption could help make a difference.

Special Features

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Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines
David Sommerstein talks with neighbors of the Maple Ridge windfarm on the Tug Hill Plateau to find out what it's like living with the new energy technology in your own back yard.
Audio Series
Wind Power in the North Country
NCPR reporter David Sommestein looks at the rise of wind power development in the region and its opponents.
Audio Series
The Biofuel Economy
NCPR reporter Gregory Warner looks at the development of renewable alternative energy fuels from agriculture and other biological sources.
Audio Slideshow
A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
In the US Senate debate over the country's energy plan, New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Brian Mann spent a month in the Alaskan wilderness to research this half-hour documentary report.
Photo Audio Essay
President Bush: Earth Day in the Adirondacks
President George Bush was met with hospitality & protests while celebrating Earth Day in the Adirondacks. Brian Mann reports from Wilmington.
Photo Audio Essay
Relicensing the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project
The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project was the largest public works project in the world. The power project's 50-year operation license expires in 2003. A three-part series by David Sommerstein.
Photo Audio Essay
The New Potsdam Co-op Bakery
The Potsdam Food Coop's new wood-fired brick oven is producing crunchy, chewy sourdough and wholewheat breads. Todd Moe talks with the Coop's baker, Chris Affrey.
Observers of National Sweater Day 2012. Photo: <a href="">Thompson Rivers University</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Observers of National Sweater Day 2012. Photo: Thompson Rivers University, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario says to put on a sweater and save

The provincial government is encouraging everyone to is encouraging everyone to put on a sweater and turn down the thermostat today.

It's National Sweater Day, which encourages Canadians to conserve energy.  Go to full article
Schlumberger gasfield services facility in Horseheads, just outside of Elmira, NY. Photo: Matt Richmond

New York landowners threaten lawsuit against the state over fracking review

The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York is demanding the release of the state's environmental impact study on hydraulic fracturing. Matt Martin reports that the landowners are threatening to take legal action if the state doesn't release the report.

The letter stated the DEC has until February 13th to release the report, known as the SGEIS. The state has had a de facto moratorium on hydrofacking for almost six years now.  Go to full article
A residential propane tank in Illinois, which is one of the Midwestern states enduring a propane shortage. Photo: <a href="">Jason Matthews</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

North country feels the propane pain

It has been hard to keep the house warm this winter. Record low temperatures have sucked up the various fuels we use for home heating - oil, wood, electricity. It's been particularly hard for people who rely on propane for heating their homes.

North Country residents who use propane are feeling the effects of a nationwide snafu between supply and demand.  Go to full article
National Grid using my backyard as a fix-it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.

NY regulators OK National Grid electricity credit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's Public Service Commission has authorized National Grid to provide its customers with a $32 million credit to offset an increase in electric...  Go to full article
A train in Casselton, North Dakota carrying crude oil derailed and exploded on Dec. 30, 2013. Photo: Ken Pawluk / Associated Press /, via NTSB press release

U.S., Canada push for safer oil tankers on North Country rails

Late Friday, U.S. and Canadian agencies made an unprecedented joint call for tough new safety rules for train cars carrying crude oil. As David Sommerstein reports, the...  Go to full article
Kids play amid downed tree limbs in Watertown after last month's ice storm. Photo: Joanna Richards

Downed trees from ice storm will be turned into energy

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...  Go to full article
Alcoa's Massena East smelter plant

Alcoa to close two more pot lines in Massena

Alcoa announced Wednesday it will close the last two pot lines at its Massena East plants by the spring. The news comes after the aluminum giant closed another pot line last...  Go to full article
Anaerobic digester on the Jordan Dairy Farm in Rutland, MA. Photo: <a href="">USDA</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY makes $20M available for anaerobic digesters

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is making $20 million available to dairy farmers to turn waste into energy.

The money through the New York State Energy Research...  Go to full article
National Grid using my backyard as a fix-it shop. Photo: David Sommerstein.

NY power grid meets new record electrical demand

RENSSLEAR, N.Y. (AP) The operators of New York state's power grid say the system has successfully met a new record peak winter demand for electricity resulting from this...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Michael Styne</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NRC: Nine Mile Point reactor problems resolved

SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) Federal regulators say they're satisfied the operator of a nuclear power plant in central New York has addressed problems that led to four unscheduled...  Go to full article

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