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Utility Deregulation Leaving Consumers Behind?

A new report on competition in the electric utility industry says costly times may be ahead for residential ratepayers. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach has details.  Go to full article

Clinton Criticizes Republicans over Power Grid Reform

This Saturday marks one year since the northeast, including much of the North Country, went dark in the nation's largest blackout. New York senator Hillary Clinton yesterday criticized Republican leaders in Washington for letting the first anniversary pass without reforming the power grid.  Go to full article

Power Plants Top Polluters in North America

North America's environmental watchdog agency created by NAFTA has released its annual report on industrial pollution. It's called Taking Stock. The Commission for Environmental Cooperation looked at chemical releases by companies in 2001, the latest data available. David Sommerstein spoke with William Kennedy, the commission's executive director, about the report. Kennedy says the most important finding is that electric power plants were the worst air polluters in North America in 2001.  Go to full article

ESCO to Power Up North Country

North Country businesses will soon have a new option for buying electricity. A St. Lawrence County couple is starting an Energy Services Company, or ESCO, that will buy and sell power on long-term contracts. As David Sommerstein reports, the ESCO hopes to boost the local economy, support renewables like wind and hydro, and promote energy efficiency.  Go to full article

Businesses Seek Savings in Power Co-op

North Country energy experts are hosting a meeting in Canton Thursday to get local businesses to buy power in bulk. As David Sommerstein reports, they say a not-for-profit Energy Services Company, or ESCO, is a way to save money, and support renewable and locally produced power. The meeting is Thursday at 3-5pm at the Best Western in Canton.  Go to full article

Emergency Declared in the Town of Moriah

According to state police and the Essex County Sheriff's office, a state of emergency has been declared in the Town of Moriah. Details are sketchy, but the town is apparently experiencing wide-spread power outages. Brian Mann spoke with Moriah town supervisor Walter Rushby.  Go to full article

Utilities Struggle to Sell "Green" Power

Many utilities across the country have begun so-called "green power" programs. They offer customers energy produced from renewable resources, such as wind or water - if customers agree to pay higher rates. Niagara Mohawk allows customers to choose from four mixes of wind, hydro and bioenergy. But only 7,700 of NiMo's more than half a million customers have signed on. Municipal - or public - power companies are having the same trouble, despite their smaller scale and closer relationship with their owners. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner has more.  Go to full article

Critics Question New Power Line Bill

Critics say a bill by Governor Pataki that would authorize the state to finance the building of electric transmission lines raises many questions. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Probe August 14th Blackout

The operator of New York's power grid and the chair of Governor Pataki's Public Service Commission agree that there should be mandatory standards set to ensure that the nation's power supply flows reliably. The two testified at an Assembly hearing that examined energy issues in the wake of the August 14th blackout. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Defends Power Industry Deregulation

Governor Pataki defended his deregulation of the power industry in
New York, saying it has worked well. He says the problems that caused the massive power failure on August 14th had nothing to do with the electric systems in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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