Buffalo's Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday rejected a plan for an eight-foot fence topped by a foot of barbed wire to guard a new electric substation on the edge of the city's waterfront, but did agree to a fence.
The New York State Public Service Commission says it has completed its investigation into the windstorm in March that swept through the region and it has determined that NYSEG and RG&E had a poor response to storm restoration.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is announcing that more utility crews from New York State are packing up and heading to Puerto Rico, where the monumental task of restoring electrical service to the hurricane-ravaged island continues.
Not surprisingly, some businesses are supporting National Grid's request to raise electric delivery rates while citizens and citizen groups are opposed. That became apparent at Tuesday afternoon's Public Service Commission hearing at Buffalo's Central Library.
The New York State Public Service Commission continues to gather comments on National Grid’s proposed 17.5 percent rate hike. Buffalo will be the site of a final public hearing Tuesday - and protestors are expected to be out in force.
The Public Service Commission is holding two days of public hearings to listen to those affected by the windstorms of five weeks ago. Especially those served by NYSEG and Rochester Gas and Electric had problems getting their power back on.
Thousands in Western New York remain without electricity Thursday morning and many schools are closed as the region recovers from Wednesday's stormy conditions which produced winds in excess of 70 miles per hour.
Meteorologist Jeff Wood of the National Weather Service discussed Wednesday's winds with WBFO.
WBFO's Marian Hetherly gets an update on power outages from National Grid's Steve Brady.
At the cost of $118 million, National Grid has begun construction on a new power station at its Gardenville site in the Town of West Seneca, where company officials estimate one third of the region's power is currently distributed.
When a fire devastated an East Side building in 2011, the former food storage, distribution and manufacturing facility became a brownfield – property that sat idle for years due to environmental concerns.
The continuing demand for electricity in the summer's unrelenting heat wave is pushing New York's power grid hard. On Monday, the forecast demand was so high that Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the state government to turn off lights and limit air conditioning to ease demand.