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Energy efficiency group goes under

An energy efficiency not-for-profit best known for its annual alternative energy fair is closing. Community Energy Services was based in Canton and employed eight people. It was dropped from a state contract that provided most of its income. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
North America's largest solar plant, covering 140 acres  (Photo courtesy of the Nellis Air Force Base)
North America's largest solar plant, covering 140 acres (Photo courtesy of the Nellis Air Force Base)

Bright future for solar power?

President Barack Obama's visit to Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas today has more to do with what's on the ground than it does the fighter jets in the air. Lester Graham reports on the base's solar energy project.  Go to full article

Fair offers help with home heat decisions

High heating fuel prices, especially home heating oil prices, are adding urgency to routine preparations for winter. Counties and communities are trying to get ahead of what's expected to be a very tough winter. Jeff Loomis of Energy Answers in Massena, has been conducting energy audits since 1983. His business now is primarily energy conservation, wood pellets, wood gasification. He's the keynote speaker at a a one day heating and energy fair at SUNY Canton from 1 to 5 tomorrow. He told David Sommerstein he hopes to help people struggling with some very practical decisions.  Go to full article

More regulation for North Country wind industry?

An influential congressman from West Virginia could play a role in the North Country's growing wind industry. The Democrat who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee says the government should tighten regulations to protect birds, bats and other wildlife killed by the giant turbines. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

The consequences of corn ethanol, part one: higher food prices

Ethanol fuel is grain alcohol blended with regular gasoline. The most common blend, 10% ethanol, 90% gas, accounts for about a third of the gas sold in America. The alcohol is now made mostly from corn. It's big business for American corn farmers. But some people are warning there are costs to the drive for ethanol, and we will all pay. Yesterday, dairy market forecasters warned that consumers can expect a sharp increase in dairy prices this summer. The milk futures market predicts that by June, the price paid to farmers will have increased 50% this year, partly due to increased costs of corn to feed their cows. But it's more than just cheese and milk. Rebecca Williams has the first of a two-part series on the hidden consequences of ethanol.  Go to full article

Green group opposes Indian Lake hydro project

A pro-environment group wants a say in the future of a hydro-electric project proposed for Indian Lake in Hamilton County. The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks says it hopes to win "formal party status" from the Federal agency reviewing the project. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Ethanol-cattle giant eyes St. Lawrence Co.

A bioenergy firm, Bion, that combines ethanol and beef production may want to build a plant in St. Lawrence County. As David Sommerstein reports, the facility would require at least 10,000 cows, making it the largest animal farm in the North Country.  Go to full article

Questions at Clayton wind forum

More than 100 people with questions about wind power attended a forum in Clayton last night. Three different developers have proposed industrial-scale wind farm projects in northern Jefferson County. All are in preliminary stages. The forum was one of several held statewide by the Citizens Campaign for the Environment. The group supports wind power that includes a complete environmental review. Jefferson County's Agricultural Development Authority co-sponsored the event. Citizen Campaign's Derreth Glance moderated the forum. She told David Sommerstein people wanted to know about access roads for turbines, payment-in-lieu-of-tax agreements, and turbine bird mortality. She says they were especially interested in the words of two Lewis County supervisors on the forum panel, who live by the Maple Ridge wind farm on the Tug Hill Plateau.  Go to full article

Gasification: alternative energy miracle?

The Potsdam-based Zeropoint Clean Technology is building a privately funded plant in Massena. It's scheduled to be built by early 2007. It's a small test facility, but the process could pioneer a radically different approach to making ethanol and other biofuels. The process was invented by Clarkson chemist Phillip Leveson. Gregory Warner recently visited Dr. Leveson's lab to talk about gasification, and glimpse a possible future.  Go to full article

Heard up North: My "Green" Bathroom

Everybody loves an open house. Now you can check out your neighbor's cabinets AND cut your energy bills. Saturday, October 7th from 10-4 the GREEN BUILDINGS OPEN HOUSE will feature 15 energy efficient homes in St Lawrence County. Check out techniques like solar and wind energy, geothermal heating, green building techniques, passive solar design as well as some no-cost methods for energy efficiency. Brochures with sites and directions are available at Nature's Storehouse in Canton and The Greenhouse and Potsdam Food Coop in Potsdam, or by calling 379-9466.

One of the sites is the home of Ann Heidenreich, she's director of Community Energy Services. For today's heard up north, we visit her bathroom.  Go to full article

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