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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...


Energy
Apr 21, 2014 — The vice president has arrived in Kiev amid increased tensions in the country's east between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian nationalists. He was expected to offer energy and economic aid.
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.
 

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.
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Wind Power in the North Country
NCPR reporter David Sommestein looks at the rise of wind power development in the region and its opponents.
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The Biofuel Economy
NCPR reporter Gregory Warner looks at the development of renewable alternative energy fuels from agriculture and other biological sources.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Insider Concerns about New York's Power Grid

Concerns over the adequacy of New York's electric transmission grids were well known within the state's power industry well before last Thursday's black out, but few outside the industry paid much attention. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Blackout Draws Closer Scrutiny of Power Industry Deregulation

Last week's massive power failure has brought closer scrutiny to the deregulation of the power industry in New York. Critics say there is not enough oversight of the selling and distribution of this essential commodity. Defenders of deregulation say more time is needed to let the free market system work. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Debate Continues over Power Plant Site Law

Last week's blackout has drawn attention to the fact that New York State has no law in place to build new power plants. The power plant site law expired last December, and Governor Pataki and the legislature have been unable to agree on how to renew it. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

State's Aged Power System Among Nation's Worst

While there are many questions on what caused the black out on Thursday, many experts say power transmission lines in New York and elsewhere are outdated and neglected, and...  Go to full article

Life Slowly Returns to Normal in Ontario

It'll be anything but business as usual as Ontario struggles to return to work following last week's massive blackout. Millions of Ontarians had an unexpected day off...  Go to full article

Power Failure Inconveniences Region, No Major Incidents

Thursday's power failure caused inconvenience and alarm across much of the North Country, but there seems to have been little in the way of serious damage or injury. Brian...  Go to full article

Pataki: "Snow Day" for State Workers in NYC

It's a "snow day" in August for state workers in New York City. That's what Governor Pataki says at a news conference this morning at in Albany. Pataki says power has been...  Go to full article

GE To Pay New Yorkers For Deceptive Practices

General Electric will pay New York consumers $780,000 as well as a $650,000 penalty under a court order as a part of a state lawsuit claiming deceptive practices. Jody Tosti...  Go to full article

Lewis County Wind Farm One Step Closer To Reality

Lewis County lawmakers decided last week on a taxation agreement with Flat Rock Wind Power, moving construction of a wind farm one step closer. As Jody Tosti reports, if the...  Go to full article

Group Calls For Nuke Plant Phaseout

A group that promotes green energy says the electricity crisis across North America is going to get worse. And the group says refurbishing old nuclear power plants is not...  Go to full article

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