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N.Y. Cities Win Right to Ban Fracking, Oil Industry Loss

June 30th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

N.Y. Cities Win Right to Ban Fracking, Oil Industry Loss

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images New York’s cities and towns can block hydraulic fracturing within their borders, the state’s highest court ruled, dealing a blow to an industry awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision on whether to uphold a six-year-old statewide moratorium. The case, closely watched by the energy industry, may invigorate local challenges to the practice [...]

Tesla CEO plans solar production facility for Buffalo

June 18th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Tesla CEO plans solar production facility for Buffalo

ALBANY—A solar company led by the founder of Tesla Motors is working with the state to build one of the world’s largest solar manufacturing facilities in Buffalo, which could create more than a thousand jobs. SolarCity Corporation announced Tuesday that it acquired Silevo, a solar panel technology and manufacturing company that produces low-cost panels that [...]

Want a house that costs $2 a month to power? Some local students can make it happen

June 16th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Want a house that costs $2 a month to power? Some local students can make it happen

Members of a team of local college students present their work to judges at a Department of Energy design competition earlier this year. A group of students from Onondaga Community College, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Syracuse University designed a home that could cost as little as $2 a month to power [...]

The Northeast’s Cap-And-Trade System Just Had Its Most Successful Auction Ever

June 9th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Uncategorized

The Northeast’s Cap-And-Trade System Just Had Its Most Successful Auction Ever

RGGI States Since 2008, nine US states in the Northeast have had their own cap-and-trade system, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). It works by placing a hard cap on the overall amount of carbon participants in the system can emit in a given year, then slices that cap up into permits — [...]

Central New York is getting wetter: Is it climate change or chance?

June 4th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Municipal, Residential

Central New York is getting wetter: Is it climate change or chance?

Flooded Scanondoa Road in Oneida, NY. Dick Blume | dblume@syracuse.com Syracuse, N.Y. — Central New York is getting wetter, and heavy rainstorms that can cause flooding are happening more often. But what does that mean? Is it just a statistical blip, or is it, as some scientists believe, evidence of climate change? In the past [...]

State Agencies And REDCs Are Now Accepting Consolidated Funding Applications; Deadline For Submissions Is June 16th At 4 P.M.

May 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

State Agencies And REDCs Are Now Accepting Consolidated Funding Applications; Deadline For Submissions Is June 16th At 4 P.M.

Up To $750 Million In Economic Development Resources Available From 12 State Agencies And More Than 30 Funding Programs On May 2nd Empire State Development (ESD) announced that the state is now accepting Consolidated Funding Applications (CFA) from businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and the public for Round IV of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development [...]

TAG Mechanical Honored for Its Building Performance Role in Net-zero Skaneateles Village Hall

May 19th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Municipal, Renewable Energy

TAG Mechanical Honored for Its Building Performance Role in Net-zero Skaneateles Village Hall

Skaneateles Village Hall Solar PV System Syracuse, NY-based HVAC contracting firm TAG Mechanical Systems was named an honoree in the Central New York Business Journal’s “Time to Build” awards for providing mechanical systems including a renewable energy solar PV system for the Skaneateles Village Hall in Central New York. Syracuse, NY (PRWEB) May 16, 2014 [...]

Cheap Solar Power is Fueling Global Renewable Energy Growth

May 9th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Renewable Energy

Cheap Solar Power is Fueling Global Renewable Energy Growth

Solar panels stand at a solar power plant operated by Ingeneieria y Electricidad Rodriguez SL in Villanueva de los Infantes, Spain. | Bloomberg via Getty Images According to a report released Monday by the United Nations Environment Programme and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are becoming less expensive, the share of total [...]

Climate change report: New York, Northeast will see more big storms, flooding, heat waves

May 8th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News

Climate change report: New York, Northeast will see more big storms, flooding, heat waves

More floods like the one that struck Oneida last summer are expected as the climate continues to change, a new White House report says. (Photo provided by the Executive Chamber) Washington, D.C. – A new federal report says the United States is likely to see more coastal and river flooding, longer and hotter heat waves, and heavy [...]

Danish Island Powered by Renewables is Creating Followers Worldwide

April 18th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Danish Island Powered by Renewables is Creating Followers Worldwide

Wind turbines off the coast of Samso At first glance, the small Danish island of Samso doesn’t look like a place that would attract international fame. With less than 4,000 inhabitants living on under 115 square kilometers of land, it’s not exactly a geopolitical player. But a visit to Samso reveals an island with outsized [...]