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County expands search for solar farm site

COOPERSTOWN — After initially focusing on land in the town of Laurens for a proposed $6-million solar farm, Otsego County officials are now reviewing other sites for a project that advocates say will save taxpayer dollars. County Planner Karen Sullivan said three or four sites have been examined. Ideally, she said, the site would have a south-facing slope to maximize ...

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Frack attack likely in talk

ALBANY — A Washington, D.C., operative from the sharped-elbowed world of political and personal attack ads will make his pitch to the state’s frustrated oil and gas industry next week in Buffalo. Annual meetings of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York usually feature technical experts, lobbyists and politicians, but this year is different, as the industry faces ...

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Heavy bets on SolarCity, RiverBend not risk-free

New York State and the Cuomo administration are making a $750 million bet that SolarCity and its newly acquired solar panel technology will keep the solar energy system installer’s business growing rapidly and turn Buffalo into a hub for solar module manufacturing. There’s a lot at stake for the Buffalo Niagara region, too. If the plan succeeds as state officials ...

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Lessons Learned: The Big Blackout of 2003 Still Draws Attention to Reliability

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Conor O’Sullivan | Breaking Energy On a hot day in August 2003, a high-voltage transmission line failed in Ohio, followed by a series of failures on other vital lines over the next two hours. As the massive power flows sought a path of least resistance, they overloaded other high-voltage lines and the time intervals became shorter between each subsequent failure. ...

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Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil’s impact

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Josh Wood | Associated Press MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Growing up, Ruth Anna Buffalo would follow the dirt track behind her house into the rugged North Dakota badlands, swimming in creeks picketed with beaver dams, finding artifacts and climbing bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea. For the young, the lake and the land around it were a wonderland. Buffalo’s grandfather, though, looked ...

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Green Bank fuels solar

By Larry Rulison |  the Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) ALBANY — Although Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $1 billion Green Bank is just getting off the ground, it appears to have played a role in getting one of Silicon Valley’s biggest solar energy advocates to make a huge bet on the state. Last week, Elon Musk, chairman of SolarCity and founder of ...

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Youngstown, Ohio, is a city changed by fracking

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By Jerry Zremski | News Washington Bureau Chief YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — You might think an earthquake would be enough to make a town turn against fracking, but no, not here, not with a new billion-dollar steel plant open along the river and more new jobs everywhere you look. This worn-out notch in the Rust Belt, long known for industrial decay ...

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Oil sands boom in Canada seen as great opportunity for WNY businesses

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Canada’s fast-growing oil sands industry already means millions in sales for a smattering of Buffalo Niagara companies, from Graham Corp. in Batavia to Conax Technologies in Cheektowaga. And Consul General John F. Prato thinks the oil sands in western Canada could be a great opportunity for new business for dozens of other companies in Western New York. “There’s an opportunity ...

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