Wind power has been (and continues to be) a controversial topic in the North Country. It’s a subject of debate in Ontario too, including a court case in which Prince Edward County land owner Ian Hanna is challenging current regulations...
Jul 30, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York state is setting aside $250 million to invest in wind farms, hydropower and other renewable energy projects.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Tuesday. It's available to businesses and groups looking to build wind farms, fuel cells or biomass generators or upgrade small to medium-sized hydroelectric facilities. Go to full article
Rooftop solar panels in Poughkeepsie, NY. Photo: Lucas Braun, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Jun 24, 2014 — Solar energy is on the rise in New York State, thanks in part to a company from California, and state incentives that make it more attractive to do business here. SolarCity already has plans for developing solar farms in Glens Falls, Queensbury, and Schenectady. The Plattsburgh International Airport may be next. Go to full article
The PowerWapper is thin, flexible energy storing supercapacitor. It's an example of the kinds of green energy projects New York State entrepeneurs are pursuing. Photo: Paper Battery Co.
Jan 11, 2012 — A new report from the Brookings Institution finds investment in clean energy is paying off. The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports New York is reaping large benefits because it's taking a comprehensive approach. Go to full article
Jun 20, 2011 — The Lewis County village of Croghan is mounting a last-ditch effort to save its dam on the Beaver River as well as the historic sawmill it powers.
The dam is crumbling and is considered a high hazard by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. State officials said they'll remove the stop logs next month and may breach the dam completely. Local officials say that will leave shoreline residents high and dry, and hurt a grassroots effort to rebuild the dam. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Wolfe Island, ON, Jul 07, 2010 — A recent study of bird and bat mortality at Wolfe Island's 82-turbine wind farm is raising concerns among environmentalists. Wolfe Island is Canadian territory, located where Lake Ontario empties into the St. Lawrence River. The report found 600 birds and more than a thousand bats were killed by the windmill blades in a six month period. Nature Canada called the numbers "shockingly high." Ornithologist Bill Evans says the real question is which species of birds died. Evans directs Old Bird, Inc. in Ithaca and has consulted for both wind power companies and environmental groups. He told David Sommerstein Wolfe Island is a designated important bird area, so ornithologists predicted high fatalities. Evans says the number of hawks, owls, and other raptors was the most alarming. Go to full article