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New Electric Line for Tupper Lake Will Bring Safety, Economic Development

Governor Pataki traveled to Tupper Lake yesterday to unveil plans for a new $29-million power line. The line -- which will stretch from St. Lawrence County -- is expected to end electricity shortages and power outages in the village. The project, developed in partnership with Niagara Mohawk, will also free up more capacity for Lake Placid. As Brian Mann reports, questions remain about where the new transmission line will be placed.  Go to full article

Tupper Bans More Electric Heat

The village of Tupper Lake has imposed a five-year moratorium on new homes and buildings that use electricity for heat. The energy conservation measure comes as Tupper Lake negotiates for better power service from Niagara Mohawk. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Lake Ontario to Cool Toronto

The city of Toronto is using the deep, chilly waters of Lake Ontario as "green" air conditioning for some of its skyscrapers. David Sommerstein explains how.  Go to full article

Study: Air Pollution Reduced During Blackout

A new study indicates that air pollution dropped significantly the day after last year's power blackout in the Northeast and upper Midwest. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  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

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

Blackout Leads to Sewage Overflows

Tens of millions of gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage were dumped into the Great Lakes basin during last month's massive power outage, but environmentalists say that's a drop in the bucket compared with the overall problem of contamination from sewage spills. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Sarah Hulett reports.  Go to full article

Canada Looks for Permanent Power Solutions

After the recent power outage, some residents in Ontario, Canada were asked to cut their use of electricity in half. Some hoped the experience would convince people to change their behavior permanently. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports, environmentalists are arguing for a more permanent approach to energy efficiency.  Go to full article

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