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Insider Concerns about New York's Power Grid

Concerns over the adequacy of New York's electric transmission grids were well known within the state's power industry well before last Thursday's black out, but few outside the industry paid much attention. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Blackout Draws Closer Scrutiny of Power Industry Deregulation

Last week's massive power failure has brought closer scrutiny to the deregulation of the power industry in New York. Critics say there is not enough oversight of the selling and distribution of this essential commodity. Defenders of deregulation say more time is needed to let the free market system work. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Debate Continues over Power Plant Site Law

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

State's Aged Power System Among Nation's Worst

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on what caused the black out on Thursday, many experts say power transmission lines in New York and elsewhere are outdated and neglected, and have been an accident waiting to happen.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

Pataki: "Snow Day" for State Workers in NYC

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

Group Calls For Nuke Plant Phaseout

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

Alcoa Talks Continue

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

Energy Use at an All Time High

This month U.S. electric utilities have been setting records for electricity output. So far, the grid has held up. But the electricity industry says more has to be done to keep up with growing demand. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham has more.  Go to full article

EPA Touts "Clear Skies"

The debate over how to clean America's air is heating up. In response to sharp criticisms, the Bush Administration is using computer projections to back up its "Clear Skies" proposal for curbing air pollution that causes acid rain in the Adirondacks. David Sommerstein reports many Democrats and environmentalists are backing a competing plan from Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords.  Go to full article

Authors: Stephen Doheny-Farina, The Grid and the Village

Martha Foley talks with Stephen Doheny-Farina, author of The Grid and the Village, about losing electricity, finding community and surviving disaster. His book is a first-hand account of the 1998 ice storm that shut down the North Country and parts of New England and Canada.  Go to full article

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