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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 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.
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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.
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.
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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.

Energy Deregulation in New York, Pt. 2

Even in a deregulated energy market, there is still a need for government supervision. Governor Pataki's Public Service Commission has been spearheading the transition to deregulation but some state legislators complain the PSC has bungled the job. Karen Dewitt has this second report in a five-part series on energy deregulation in New York State.  Go to full article

Tupper Lake Power: Cheap but Unreliable

Blackouts are already a common event in Tupper Lake, where locals are frustrated by frequent outages. Village leaders are talking with the state Power Authority and with Niagara Mohawk, hoping to improve service. As Brian Mann reports, demand for electricity will outstrip supply by 2008.  Go to full article

Energy Deregulation in New York, Pt. 1

Karen Dewitt begins a five-part series on energy deregulation in New York State--what's working and what's not. Today she visits the new center of power in New York's power market, the New York ISO.  Go to full article

Last EPA Hearing on Hudson PCB Dredging

The Environmental Protection Agency held its last public meeting on a plan to dredge toxic PCBs from the Hudson River. The cleanup would cost half a billion dollars. General...  Go to full article

PSC Promotes Diesel Generators Despite Air Quality Concerns

The New York State Public Service Commission is promoting the use of more diesel generators at factories and other businesses this summer. As Karen DeWitt reports,...  Go to full article

NYPA Supports Excluding Lisbon From Power Project Boundaries

The new relicensing team for the New York Power Authority is making good on its promise to be more sensitive to the concerns of local communities. NYPA is asking the federal...  Go to full article

Acid Rain Legislation: Pundits See Strong Opposition; Supporters Say There's Hope

Three North Country Congressmen are pushing a new plan to reduce acid rain. The bill would cut sulfur emissions from power plants in the Midwest. Nitrogen oxide and mercury...  Go to full article

NYPA Speaks to Local Business Leaders

With the New York Power Authority and St. Lawrence County groups waging a public relations battle over the St. Lawrence power project relicensing deal, the county Chamber of...  Go to full article

Niagara Mohawk Fined for Excessive Emissions

Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation has been fined $900,000 for allowing excessive smoke emissions from four upstate power plants that it used to own. NiMo officials say the...  Go to full article

NYPA Relicensing, Part 3: The Future of Hydropower Relicensing

When the New York Power Authority began the process of relicensing its St. Lawrence power project for another 50 years of operation, it tried to be a good neighbor and...  Go to full article

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