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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.

Communities invest in wind coops

Last week, the Spanish utility, Iberdrola, announced it wanted to invest $2 billion in wind power development in New York. Governor Patterson praised the company, saying the move would be an "unprecedented investment in clean energy" in the state. Big corporations are no strangers to New York wind power. Iberdrola is already part-owner of the massive Maple Ridge wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau. JP Morgan owns the new wind farms in Clinton County. And BP Global wants to erect turbines in Cape Vincent. Many of the debates over wind farms in the North Country center around whether these companies give back as much as they reap in profits. A smaller company based in Minnesota is rolling out a different model on the High Plains of the Midwest. National Wind is developing 700 megawatts of wind power by inviting the host communities to become co-owners. CEO Leon Steinberg told David Sommerstein traditionally wind developers buy leases from landowners to erect turbines on their property. National Wind takes a different approach.  Go to full article

Environmentalists conflicted over St. Lawrence wind farm

An 86-tower wind farm will soon go up on Wolfe Island in the St Lawrence River. Each tower will be more than 240-feet tall, with turbine blades stretching beyond 175 feet. They'll be a prominent feature of the landscape, visible from Cape Vincent, New York and Kingston, Ontario. Canadian Hydro is developing the wind farm. The company says it will generate enough electricity to power a city the size of Kingston, or 75,000 homes, for a year. Jonathan Brown has more.  Go to full article

The answer is blowin? in the wind

Large wind turbines are popping up all over the United States. But some homeowners are beginning to put up their own backyard wind turbines. Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Burke wind farm probe will continue

A state Supreme Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at challenging a grand jury's investigation into wind farms in northern Franklin County. Franklin County's...  Go to full article

Preview: 13th annual Sustainable Energy Fair

NCPR is media sponsor for the 13th annual North Country Sustainable Energy Fair at SUNY Canton this weekend. The fair includes more than 50 workshops, panels and...  Go to full article

Wind Power: How "green" is it?

Over the last couple years, we've reported extensively on the explosion of wind power in the North Country and the passionate debate it's kindled. Are the wind turbines...  Go to full article

Clearing the air for wind turbines

There are more than a dozen industrial-scale wind farms in various stages of development across the North Country. New York's "home rule" tradition gives the task of...  Go to full article

Jefferson co. hires wind farm consultant

Jefferson County is taking steps to get the most from corporations that want to build wind farms there. The county is hiring a consultant who specializes in...  Go to full article

Pro-wind forces sweep in Cape Vincent

Incumbents won races for supervisor and town council in Cape Vincent. The bitterly fought campaign centered around two proposed industrial wind farms. David Sommerstein...  Go to full article

Local boards grapple with the wind

More than a dozen towns along the rooftop of New York State, from Jefferson County to Clinton County, are caught up in a "wind rush". Big corporations from Spain, Portugal,...  Go to full article

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