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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

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 →

A Coal-Plant Town in Transition

E&E News: When his local coal-fired power plant shut down last year, it left Joseph Emminger with a $6 million problem. The Huntley Generating Station was the biggest taxpayer of the town of Tonawanda, N.Y. Emminger, the town supervisor, saw that its shutdown would leave Tonawanda, the local school district and the county with a […]

April 19, 2017 Read More →

A Record Quarter for Wind-Generation Expansion in the U.S.

Ashleigh Cotting for SNL: Wind saw its best fourth quarter since 2012, with 6,071 MW brought online, bringing the total for capacity installations during 2016 to 8,029 MW. A total of 1,089 MW of planned wind capacity was announced during the fourth quarter. The largest announced project was the Rockaway Peninsula Offshore Wind Project. The […]

February 22, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Call for NYC Pension Funds Divestment

From CommonDreams.org: Over 100 New Yorkers rallied at Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, delivering a divestment valentine with thousands of petition signatures urging the City’s pension funds to divest coal, oil and gas holdings. Mayor De Blasio expressed public support for a Seattle-like divestment of the City’s pension funds, cutting ties with the banks financing the […]

February 16, 2017 Read More →

NYC Pension Funds to Assess Climate Risk to $171 Billion Portfolio

Hilary Russ for Reuters: New York City’s $170.6 billion pension system will analyze its carbon footprint for the first time amid concerns of potential investment risks from companies that fail to adapt to climate change, its custodian said in a statement on Thursday. Trustees for the five funds that make up the system selected Mercer […]

February 3, 2017 Read More →

New York Pushes for Offshore Wind Project to Supply 1.25 Million Households

From SNL: “Stunning” is how one renewable energy group described a decision by the state of New York to build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm. Kit Kennedy, the director of energy and transportation initiatives at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said New York was setting the bar high with its wind energy commitments to […]

January 12, 2017 Read More →

Cuomo: New York Will Find Ways to Replace Power from Indian Point Nuclear Plant

David Klepper for the Associated Press: New York will be able to make up for lost electricity generation after the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant shuts down in 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, announcing a deal between state officials and plant-owner Entergy Corp. that will close the facility by 2021. Sitting along the […]

January 9, 2017 Read More →