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Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Photo: <a href="">Senate Democrats</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Photo: Senate Democrats, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer opens NY's new utility control center

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has formally opened the state's new high-tech utility control center near Albany that aims to improve the efficiency of the state's electrical grid.

The Democrat attended the official opening of the $38 million center Tuesday. Known as the New York Independent System Operator Utility Control Center, the facility is intended to better coordinate electrical production with demand.  Go to full article
utilities do appear to have performed better this time than in past disasters like the massive flooding of 2006

State investigates power companies' response to Irene and Lee

Under orders from Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state's utility regulatory agency is taking a look at how power companies responded to the storms Irene and Lee and their aftermath.  Go to full article

"Smart Grid" designed to prevent major blackouts

Remember that huge blackout in the summer of 2003? 45 million people in the Midwest and Northeast US, as well as 10 million in Canada, lost power. Government and utilities are spending billions of dollars on what's called a "Smart Grid," in part, so we don't have more large scale blackouts. But there's a lot more to the emerging system. Julie Grant has more.  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

Municipal power customers face price spike

Municipal power customers will get a shock when they open their electric bills this week. Municipal electric departments statewide have been hit with new charges. Tupper Lake and Lake Placid residents were hit the hardest; their villages' January bill from the power authority more than doubled. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

Environmentalists Question Tupper Lake Powerline Plan

An Adirondack environmental group is asking the New York Power Authority to further research a proposal for a new power line that would serve Tupper Lake and the Tri-Lakes region. The Resident's Committee to Protect the Adirondacks says one of the proposed routes crosses forest preserve land and creates a possible conflict with the "Forever Wild" clause of the state constitution. As Chris Knight reports, representatives of the Power Authority say they're looking into the concerns.  Go to full article

The Dark Side of Bright Lights

Many of us say we want to be good environmentalists. But we often make choices based on other desires. One of those choices is lighting. Most of us use lights that are very inefficient, and the trend in home lighting is moving toward using more energy, not less. As part of the series, "Your Choice; Your Planet," the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham takes a look at light bulbs...and starts at the beginning.  Go to full article
President Bush in Adirondacks 2002
President Bush in Adirondacks 2002

Clear Skies Plan Fails in Senate, Environmental Defeat For White House

The Bush Administration suffered a major defeat yesterday in the Senate. The Clear Skies initiative failed to pass a key committee vote, thanks in part to opposition from Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clear Skies had been hailed by the power industry and by some pro-environment groups as a way to replace outdated pollution control laws. Opponents described the plan as a gift to coal-fired power plants in the Midwest that are blamed for much of the acid rain and Mercury pollution that hits the north country. Brian Mann 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

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