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Many Western New Yorkers are relying on air conditioning for relief from this weekend's heat wave. That high demand comes at a cost for the region's energy grid.

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With another round of snow in the forecast for what is supposed to be spring, this weather can get to you, right? It isn't just highway crews who have to be prepared for the effects of spring storms.

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The New York State Public Service Commission has approved National Grid rate hikes.

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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.


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National Grid has been given tentative approval for an over 10 percent rate hike that will likely take effect in the spring.

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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.

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Could solar energy reduce costs in economically-challenged neighborhoods? That is what National Grid is looking to find out.

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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.

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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.

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Yesterday's gusting winds caused a number of reports of property damage and power outages around the region.

According to a new state report, there are increasing problems with New York State's power system.  

The recently-released mandated report says the state's power grid and increasing numbers of generating plants are getting old and the solutions are only on the drawing board.

This is at a time when low prices for natural gas are pushing coal-fired power plants out of business or threatening to do so and there isn't enough money going into transmission line replacement.