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Taking renewable energy to the streets

One of the stops on Saturday’s self-guided tour of renewable energy sites in Onondaga County is the nine electric car charging stations on Water Street, near the Erie Canal Museum.  With a total of 120 charging stations around the county, there are more charging stations than electric vehicles. However, soon, plug-in electric cars could become more common on the Central New York roadways.

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In celebration of Earth Day, Central New Yorkers will have the chance on Saturday to visit more than 20 sites across Onondaga County to see how they’re using renewable energy.  We chose three of them and are starting with with a geothermal system underneath the pike block in downtown Syracuse.

President of IPD engineering Sam Cosamano walked through a series of doors to the mechanical room in the basement of the Witherell building.

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Syracuse advocates for renewable energy are urging Governor Cuomo to ramp up his efforts to reach a more sustainable New York. Mark Dunlea of the Green Education and Legal Fund says he is pleased that Cuomo recognizes climate change as a serious problem, but…

“Unfortunately, what he has proposed to date in terms of the state’s climate action agenda is not enough to really avoid catastrophic climate change.”

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A wind power project that's starting construction later this year is pointing out some of the changing economics that might make it a more viable alternative energy source. Wind energy pricing is now at an all-time low according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy. The price from wind power sale agreements in 2014 fell to just 2.35 cents/kWh. 

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  Upstate New Yorkers seem ready to have renewable energy replace any power and economic boost that might have been gained by Hydro-fracking.  The Cuomo administration banned expanded gas drilling.  Now a poll by the group A Renewable America finds almost five-out-of-six people believe renewable energy is a key strategy for energy independence and reduced costs.  Matt McArdle chairs the New York Biomass Energy Alli

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Advancements in using biomass technology for heat were front and center Wednesday at SUNY ESF for the second annual National Bioenergy Day. The event was held with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) which seeks to find ways to incorporate renewable heating methods into everyday living. 

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A Central New York grass-roots initiative is taking strides to save people money on electricity while saving the environment.  Solarize Syracuse is hosting 9 free workshops over the course of several weeks to educate the public about solar panels and make them more accessible to residents.   Chris Carrick is the Regional Planning Development Board’s Energy Program Manager.  He says 230 people in the area have already signed up for a site-assessment. Carrick says he’s pleased there’s more interest than solar panel installers usually see.

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A few dozen Syracuse-area residents gathered today to talk about climate change at a community roundtable today hosted by EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.  

She opened the discussion with some staggering statistics, noting that this past May was the hottest May in over 130 years of recorded temperature records.  Enck said that fossil fuel power plants - those that burn coal, oil, and gas - produce about 40% of all greenhouse gas pollution. The EPA has a history of regulating other air pollutants, and now it's planing to address the greenhouse gas pollution problem.

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How will you be able to get the power you need for our technology-rich lifestyles in an affordable and sustainable way?  More than 400 experts and public officials gathered in East Syracuse to consider such questions at the Energy in the 21st Century conference.