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Opportunity Knocks With Closing of Coal-Fired Power Plant in Upstate New York

Opportunity Knocks With Closing of Coal-Fired Power Plant in Upstate New York

Potential Makeover of Tonawanda's Economy May Serve as a National Model

When we published our report about the fading financial viability of the aging Huntley Generation Station in early 2014, the facts showed the facility was all but destined to close. It had marginal usefulness for the region it was built to serve, and the financial drain it placed on NRG, the owner, would be borne […]

September 3, 2015 Read More →
Losing Proposition – Why the Proposal to Repower the Cayuga Plant Should Be Rejected

Losing Proposition – Why the Proposal to Repower the Cayuga Plant Should Be Rejected

Losing Proposition – Why the Proposal to Repower the Cayuga Plant Should Be Rejected 

August 23, 2015 Read More →
Report: FirstEnergy Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround

Report: FirstEnergy Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround

FirstEnergy: A Major Utility Seeks a Subsidized Turnaround (pdf) By Tom Sanzillo, Director of Finance and Cathy Kunkel, Fellow Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

October 6, 2014 Read More →
Report- Huntley Generating Station: Coal Plant’s Weak Financial Outlook Calls For Corporate And Community Leadership

Report- Huntley Generating Station: Coal Plant’s Weak Financial Outlook Calls For Corporate And Community Leadership

Huntley Generating Station: Coal Plant’s Weak Financial Outlook Calls For Corporate And Community Leadership (pdf)      

January 28, 2014 Read More →

More News and Commentary

On the Blogs: Transition Progress in Buffalo

Midwest Energy News: I work with PUSH Buffalo, in the heart of one of the poorest big cities in the country, right up there with cities like Cleveland and Detroit, where factory jobs have waned and new jobs have not arisen to take their place. Our efforts center on a 25-square-block area we call the […]

November 10, 2017 Read More →

Op-Ed: New York Town Finds Life After Coal

Buffalo News: When NRG Energy announced the retirement of the Huntley Power Generating Station on River Road, the Ken-Ton School District and the town and county municipalities were facing a total loss of $6 million in PILOT revenues. This loss would eliminate jobs at the plant as well as services and programs offered by the […]

October 17, 2017 Read More →

As Trump Moves to Reverse Emissions Policies, States Step In to Advance Them

Yale 360: Just hours after President Trump’s Rose Garden speech in June announcing plans to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the governors of three states — California, Washington, and New York — announced their remedy. They formed the U.S. Climate Alliance, and called on other states to join them in continuing to push […]

October 10, 2017 Read More →

New York State Pushes for Offshore Wind Development

Associated Press: New York officials are seeking to expand offshore wind generation in the Atlantic Ocean. The state has proposed four new sites for wind energy projects to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Officials say they are asking federal regulators to expedite the process. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set a goal of […]

October 4, 2017 Read More →

New York Clean-Energy Projects—Mostly in Renewables—Attract More Than 200 Bids

Solar Industry Magazine: In response to two requests for proposals (RFPs) for clean energy, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) have received a total of more than 200 proposals, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced. The state expects to invest up to $1.5 billion […]

September 26, 2017 Read More →

Report: Battery Storage Emerges as ‘Near-Term’ Piece of NYC’s Evolving Electricity Grid

Utility Dive: A new study commissioned by the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) concludes the largest city in the United States has a near-term opportunity to clean up its electric grid by replacing older steam generation units with batteries. The analysis, conducted by Strategen Consulting, finds that about 2,860 MW of […]

September 26, 2017 Read More →

A State Trend Toward Ignoring Trump Emission-Regulations Rollbacks

Utility Dive: The Trump administration is abdicating Obama-era climate regulations, but a small — and growing — amount of states are taking matters into their own hands. The weapon of choice? The federal social cost of carbon, developed by the former Obama administration’s interagency working group composed of federal scientists and economists. The way it […]

August 31, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: New York in 78-Mile Grid Upgrade to Feed Renewable Generation Into Urban Markets

SolarIndustryMag.com: In an effort to strengthen the reliability of New York’s electric power grid and enable more upstate renewables to connect to the statewide power system, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has announced plans to rebuild 78 miles of power transmission infrastructure in the North Country (the counties in the extreme north of the state). […]

July 24, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: ‘A Working Class Buffalo Suburb Retired a Coal Plant the Right Way’

Elizabeth McGowan in Grist: Sixteen months ago, the coal-fired Huntley Generating Station, which sits on the banks of the Niagara River, stopped producing power for first time since World War I. Erie County lost its largest air and water polluter. But the town of Tonawanda, a working class Buffalo suburb 13 miles downstream of America’s most […]

July 11, 2017 Read More →

New York Measure to Expand Electricity Storage Adoption

RTO Insider: New York lawmakers last week unanimously passed a measure requiring the state’s Public Service Commission to set targets to increase the adoption of energy storage in the state through 2030. The new law requires the commission to work with the New York State Energy and Research Development Agency (NYSERDA) and the Long Island […]

June 26, 2017 Read More →