clean energy

States have until 2030 to get their carbon emissions down to 32-percent below 2005 levels, under guidelines laid out in the Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama earlier this week.

The regulations have drawn cheers from environmentalists but there’s also plenty of criticism. But Northeast Regional Director, Judith Enck ,says the rules aren’t as draconian as opponents claim.

WATCH: Will the Clean Power Plan threaten the grid's reliability?

Aug 5, 2015
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Forty percent of America's power comes from coal. On August 3, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency rolled out the Clean Power Plan, a set of new regulations and emissions goals aimed at power plants.

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Late last year, the Cuomo administration laid out its agenda to address New York’s future energy requirements. All this week, reporters from the Innovation Trail are putting different parts of that complex energy puzzle under the microscope.

More energy-efficient technologies, from water heaters to wind turbine, have been coming onto the marketplace for decades.

But the decision on whether to use greener components to choose or replace those hot water heaters in an apartment building will often come down to cost. And the fact that the older technologies are usually cheaper is a constant challenge to the producers of newer energy-efficient products.

Courtesy of RG&E

After five years of renovations to the Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) hydro-power station, the Genesee River will once again be used to power homes in upstate New York.

RG&E announced that a two-thousand-foot long power tunnel system under the river will resume producing hydroelectricity today, with the first of three power turbines being switched on.

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Welcome to the Monday Trail Mix from the Innovation Trail team.

A snap Siena Collage poll of 621 New York state residents found that 47% of them say they are worse off than they were four years ago.

Folks supportive of bringing fracking to New York state will assemble in Albany today, and Karen DeWitt will no doubt be filing.