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Gore Management: We Want Hydropower

State officials who operate Gore Mountain ski area in North Creek say they want $20,000 to study construction of a new hydro power facility on the mountain. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

The status of the smart grid

Your power bill likely will change in the next few years. Lester Graham reports there's a good chance you'll be thinking about how much electricity you use and when you'll use it.  Go to full article
Map by Sheri Amsel. Source: Adirondack Council
Map by Sheri Amsel. Source: Adirondack Council

Coalition urges passage of land swap for powerline

The head of the New York Power Authority, green groups, officials from National Grid, state Senator Betty Little and a host of local government leaders are urging voters across the state to support a constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot when they go to the polls Nov. 3. The amendment would allow for a land swap that's the final step in a $30-million upgrade to the electric distribution system in the Tri-Lakes, which included construction of a new, 46-kilovolt transmission line to Tupper Lake. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

North Country seeks greater returns from energy plan

Governor David Paterson has released a draft of the new New York State Energy Plan. It will affect how we heat our homes, power our appliances, businesses, and factories, and how much it will all cost. The plan sets a goal of using 30% renewable electricity by 2015 and reducing energy usage by 15% over the same timeframe. Public hearings are being held statewide. The first one yesterday in Canton held symbolic and political significance. David Sommerstein explains why.  Go to full article

Saving with a "smart grid"

The government is spending billions of taxpayer dollars on a new "smart grid." Mark Brush reports the new grid could eventually save you money on your energy bills.  Go to full article

Mohawks: shipping power downstate "shameful"

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe lashed out against Governor Paterson and the New York Power Authority Tuesday for sending low-cost hydropower to Long Island. The 9 megawatts was reserved for the Mohawks and their growing casino, which has been running on generators. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Russell wants investigation of National Grid

A North Country Assemblywoman is calling for an investigation into National Grid, after the utility company asked 150 upstate municipalities to refund more than $12-million. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Waiting for the lights to come back on

It could be tonight before power crews restore electricity to the last of the North Country left dark by the season's first snowstorm. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines

The northern chunk of the North Country is deep in the trenches of America's debate over wind power. Global energy firms want to erect several hundred new giant windmills from Cape Vincent in the West to Clinton County in the East. The promise of renewable energy and a whole lot of money has crashed into worries about views, noise, birds, bats, property values - you name it. We've reported extensively on the pros- and cons- of wind power. You can listen to our ongoing coverage on our website, Today we look at the life on - or maybe under - an industrial-size wind farm. The Maple Ridge wind farm's 195 turbines have been spinning out power on the Tug Hill Plateau for almost three years now. David Sommerstein knocked on doors of the wind farm's human neighbors.  Go to full article
The wild Rupert River will soon be altered radically.
The wild Rupert River will soon be altered radically.

On a wild Quebec river, wolves, caribou and the encroachment of industry

Last November, Brian Mann reported on plans to dam and divert the massive Rupert River in northern Quebec. The project, developed by the provincial utility, Hydro-Quebec, will provide hydroelectricity to consumers in New York and Vermont. His story was recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award. Last week, Brian returned to paddle the Rupert again. He made the trip as part of a documentary project called "Encounters." Here's his reporter's notebook.  Go to full article

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