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Wind Power
Aug 18, 2014 — The state produces a lot of energy, but environmentalists and the oil industry are joining to combat wind power companies as they try to expand.
Jun 18, 2014 — The U.S. Department of the Interior says the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area would be auctioned off in four leases. It includes more than 1,000 square miles of ocean.
Dec 17, 2013 — One former anti-nuke activist says the world can't afford to dismiss nuclear power, if we're to rein in global warming. Nuclear plants provide a more reliable energy supply than wind or solar, he says, and without the high carbon emissions that fossil fuels produce.
Dec 11, 2013 — California plans to get 33 percent of its electricity from wind and solar power by 2020. But that will only work if the state can economically store some of the energy for release on cloudy, windless days.
Dec 5, 2013 — Under the new plan, each federal agency would have until 2020 to get 20 percent of its power from renewable sources such as solar and wind.
 

Special Reports

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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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Lifting giant windmills into the sky
Noble Environmental Power has is erecting 122 wind turbines in an energy park in western Clinton County. David Sommerstein was there as turbine #6 went up.

Wind companies sign on for "clean energy, clean government"

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says 14 more companies that have developed--or plan--major wind energy projects signed an ethics code yesterday. Under this agreement, these companies would face fines for violations like giving big gifts to local officials. The code also prohibits companies from hiring municipal employees or their relatives, or providing any compensation for municipal approvals. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Wind-turbine maker eyes shuttered GM plant in Massena

An investment group is looking at the shuttered General Motors engine plant in Massena as a potential manufacturing site for wind turbines. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Governor cautious on wind power

Last week in Watertown, Governor Paterson was asked for his opinion about the wind power projects near the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, Clayton, and Hammond. He said wind power developers need to be "more careful about siting" in the region, given the St. Lawrence River's "cultural and historic value". That sounded extremely cautionary for a Governor who's just proposed ambitious growth plans for wind and solar energy in New York. So David Sommerstein called Paul DeSotis, deputy energy secretary for Governor Paterson, to interpret the Governor's remarks. Speaking while on a layover at National airport, DeSotis said Paterson was referring to wind power's intermittency - wind turbines only make electricity when the wind's blowing. And he was talking about bottlenecks in the state's power grid that make it hard to send electricity from northern New York - where the wind is - downstate to where the most demand is.  Go to full article

A look back at a huge year in the news

We're coming to the close of 2008. Today, we take a look back at some of the important stories we've covered here in the North Country. From the resignation of Eliot...  Go to full article

AG establishes wind power ethics code

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has developed a code of ethics for wind power projects in New York. The guidelines announced yesterday cover conflicts of interest between wind...  Go to full article

Demand rises for small-scale wind power

For years, home wind turbines have been popular mainly with the off the grid crowd. But now there's a new market: People who are tired of paying high electric bills. Wind...  Go to full article

A check-in with Maple Ridge wind farm

Iberdrola is one of the owners of the Maple Ridge wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau. With 195 turbines spanning miles of ridgeline, it's the largest wind farm in the East. ...  Go to full article

Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines

The northern chunk of the North Country is deep in the trenches of America's debate over wind power. Global energy firms want to erect several hundred new giant windmills...  Go to full article
A wind turbine going up at Noble's Clinton wind farm.

State launches wind farm probe

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is launching an investigation into a wind power developer in Clinton and Franklin counties. The probe will examine alleged conflicts...  Go to full article
White fungus marks the muzzles of many sick bats (Photo: Al Hicks, NYSDEC)

Bat disease delays construction of North Country wind farm

White nose syndrome has killed tens of thousands of bats in New York. The disease has spread to Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well. It spread quickly among bats...  Go to full article

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