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Photo: Christine, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo: NY making $1B investment in solar power

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is making a long-term, $1 billion investment in support of solar power.

The Democrat said Thursday that the money will provide funding certainty for efforts to expand solar power over the next decade.  Go to full article
BP attorney John Harris gives a presentation about the Article X power facility siting process in Cape Vincent Thursday night. Photo: Joanna Richards
BP attorney John Harris gives a presentation about the Article X power facility siting process in Cape Vincent Thursday night. Photo: Joanna Richards

BP hears more push back on Cape Vincent wind farm

BP Energy was in Cape Vincent last week to give a presentation on New York State's Article X process for siting power generation projects.

It was another contentious encounter between local anti-wind power activists and BP representatives over the proposed Cape Vincent Wind Farm.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Ft. Drum Monday. Photo: Joanna Richards
Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Ft. Drum Monday. Photo: Joanna Richards

Governor praises coal-to-biomass plant conversion at Fort Drum

Governor Andrew Cuomo was at Fort Drum yesterday, where he toured an idled coal plant that is being converted to produce power using wood biomass. He met with the press afterward. As Joanna Richards reports, the governor announced he would send a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta urging the Defense Department to draw up a contract with the plant to provide energy to Fort Drum.  Go to full article
Pat Curran is on the cutting edge of a new and challenging energy revolution. Photo: Jasmine Wallace
Pat Curran is on the cutting edge of a new and challenging energy revolution. Photo: Jasmine Wallace

Massena pellet mill at the forefront of renewable energy industry

This week, North Country Public Radio has been taking another look at how renewable and local energy might reshape the region's economy.

State and local leaders are making big investments in everything from hydro to biomass. And more and more families and businesses are slowly converting away from fossil fuels, adding solar panels or small wind turbines. But big hurdles remain. Start-up costs for green energy technology are steep. Government incentives can be confusing. Many consumers are sticking with natural gas and oil, at least for the time being.

One of the men on the front line of this turbulent energy revolution is Pat Curran. He opened Curran Renewable Energy in Massena three years ago with $11 million in support from the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency. He makes burnable wood pellets, supplying some big institutions, including Clarkson University in Potsdam and the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Wood pellets are cheaper than fuel oil and much better for the environment. But Curran has struggled to find enough customers to keep his plant operating. Jasmine Wallace has our profile.  Go to full article
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu meeting with President Obama. Photo: Charles Watkins, White House photographer
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu meeting with President Obama. Photo: Charles Watkins, White House photographer

Energy Secretary gives a nod to state's broad-based policy

U.S. Energy Sectretary Dr. Steven Chu was in Albany recently, just a few weeks after President Barack Obama visited the capitol.

Chu told The Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick New York is on the right track with its broad energy policy.  Go to full article
The solar installation at this house in Ithaca provides about 100% percent of what's needed at this residence. Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond.
The solar installation at this house in Ithaca provides about 100% percent of what's needed at this residence. Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond.

Federal support for renewables in question

The U.S. government supports renewable energy with money for research and tax breaks. But as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, that backing has come under political fire, and the industry is already feeling the effects.  Go to full article
Itís not going to be able to solve all our problems... However, it is definitely an area that seems to be expanding.

Green jobs results mixed

New York's Labor Department says the transition to an economy more reliant on green jobs make look a little different than expected and take a little longer.  Go to full article
Butanol produced from wood is an alternative to corn-based ethanol. Photo: SUNY-ESF
Butanol produced from wood is an alternative to corn-based ethanol. Photo: SUNY-ESF

Wood-based biofuel coming to a car near you

As summer driving season gets underway, researchers at SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry continue work on a greener alternative to power your car. Emma Jacobs took a bio-fueled test drive for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
Chris Rdzanek, manager of museum facilities at The Wild Center, shows off the new boiler (PHOTO:  Brian Mann)
Chris Rdzanek, manager of museum facilities at The Wild Center, shows off the new boiler (PHOTO: Brian Mann)

As outdoor wood boilers draw fire, a new generation of wood heat comes on line

While the debate rages over pollution of outdoor wood boilers, a new generation of wood heat systems is already being rolled out.

Scientists and manufacturers say so-called "wood gasification" boilers burn much more efficiently with far less smoke and ash. A new, state-of-the-art boiler is now on-line at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, burning wood pellets produced in Massena.

As Brian Mann reports, the manufacturer hopes to sell similar systems to businesses and government offices across the North Country.  Go to full article

"Clean coal" technology test underway

"Clean coal" got a mention in President Obama's State of the Union address this week. Along with nuclear power and alternative energy sources, the President listed clean coal as an important sources for energy for the country.

He also promised to move forward on climate change reductions. And here, America is in a bind. Almost half of our electricity comes from coal. But compared to other power sources, coal produces the most carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.

Industry is testing new technology in hopes of fulfilling the promise of "clean coal." Shawn Allee has this update on a test project that has some hard work left to do.  Go to full article

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