A big fight is brewing over plans by the Canadian firm TDI to build a $2 billion power line that would feed low-cost, low-carbon hydro electricity from Quebec to consumers in New York City.
The project has drawn little opposition over the last two...
Aug 19, 2003 — Last week's blackout has drawn attention to the fact that New York State has no law in place to build new power plants. The power plant site law expired last December, and Governor Pataki and the legislature have been unable to agree on how to renew it. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany. Go to full article
Aug 18, 2003 — While there are many questions on what caused the black out on Thursday, many experts say power transmission lines in New York and elsewhere are outdated and neglected, and have been an accident waiting to happen. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany. Go to full article
Aug 18, 2003 — It'll be anything but business as usual as Ontario struggles to return to work following last week's massive blackout. Millions of Ontarians had an unexpected day off Friday, and many will be off again today as stores, businesses and industry try to operate on half power. Martha Foley talks with Ottawa correspondent Karen Kelly. Go to full article
Aug 15, 2003 — Thursday's power failure caused inconvenience and alarm across much of the North Country, but there seems to have been little in the way of serious damage or injury. Brian Mann traveled through the Champlain Valley and the Adirondacks. Go to full article
Aug 15, 2003 — It's a "snow day" in August for state workers in New York City. That's what Governor Pataki says at a news conference this morning at in Albany. Pataki says power has been restored to upstate New York utility customers. He says the outage that blanketed much of the Northeast and southern Canada started somewhere in the Midwest, and not at a Niagara Mohawk facility in western New York. The Governor says he has some serious questions about the blackout. Go to full article
Jul 31, 2003 — A group that promotes green energy says the electricity crisis across North America is going to get worse. And the group says refurbishing old nuclear power plants is not the answer. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports. Go to full article
Apr 01, 2003 — State officials will resume talks next week with aluminum giant Alcoa about the future of the company's two plants in Massena. One of them nearly closed last December. 110 people were laid off. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Feb 11, 2003 — State governments facing major budget problems are being urged to look for ways to trim their bottom line. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports that some say simply flipping a switch will save taxpayer money. Go to full article
Dec 20, 2002 — The New York state legislature will let expire at the end of this year the law that governs the citing of new power plants. There is a dispute between environmentalists and the power plant industry over what the impact of that expiration would be. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Oct 29, 2002 — Niagara Mohawk customers can now choose to buy renewable energy on their latest electric bills. But they'll have to pay more for it, about 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour more. To better understand how this new system works, David Sommerstein spoke with Ann Heidenreich, director of Community Energy Services and the North Country's state representative for energy efficiency. Go to full article