Jun 08, 2011 — Just months after a bid for a municipally owned power company in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties appeared to pick up real steam, the project has ground to a standstill.
The North Country Power Authority hopes to deliver electricity to 24 towns at lower rates but its board no longer has enough members to take a vote and the not-for-profit that created the Authority is pushing for the chairman's ouster. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Rensselaer, NY, Jun 28, 2010 — A bill allowing a group of North Country towns to form their own municipal power company cleared the Assembly Ways and Means Committee on Friday. It has already passed in the Senate. A floor vote before the full Assembly is expected as early as today. If it passes, two dozen towns in St Lawrence and Franklin counties will begin to buy power lines and substations from National Grid. The Alliance for Municipal Power is leading the effort. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Albany, NY, Jun 22, 2010 — Municipal power advocates are in Albany making a final push for a new North Country authority. The bill would be the first real step toward two dozen towns in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties starting a not-for-profit electric company. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Feb 05, 2001 — In the United States, we generally associate power outages with thunderstorms or downed power lines. In the North Country, we think of the Ice Storm. But the blackouts in California the past few weeks have us worrying about something we generally associate with other countries: a crisis in the whole system that brings us electricity. Utilities in New York are confident there's enough electricity being produced here to avoid California's problems. But deregulation and restructuring of the late 90's has created an uncertain power landscape. Many communities are trying to take control of their electric service, but as David Sommerstein reports, one group in the North Country says say the new world of electricity distribution has put up a brick wall, and they're going to the federal level for help. Go to full article