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The New York State Thruway Authority is announcing temporary traffic interruptions that will occur this week.

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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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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.

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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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Buffalo has been issued a $1 million rebate on its street light payments to National Grid, the latest stage in a fight that has been going on for several years.

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A longstanding energy connection between the US and Canada is being updated today.

The northbound lanes of the Interstate 190 near the Peace Bridge will be closed on Sunday morning for the installation of new cross-border power lines.

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A series of thunderstorms rolled through Western New York overnight, bringing heavy rains.

Planned West side power outage delayed until Friday

Jul 30, 2015
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After having planned to shut off power to around 400 customers on Buffalo’s West Side Thursday, National Grid last Wednesday postponed that outage a day.

Parking ramps going green

May 30, 2015
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Technology is making four of Buffalo's major parking ramps much brighter and greener.

Underground electrical fire closes downtown streets

Apr 12, 2015
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An underground electrical fire at Franklin and Tupper Streets in downtown Buffalo resulted in the closing of streets and evacuation of buildings on Sunday afternoon.

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

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There's some light being shed on how many Buffalo street lights are out and what National Grid will do about it.

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Buffalo has 32,000 street lights. How many of them work? The city will know soon when a consultant reports.

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Record rainfall on Saturday and an accumulation of ice caused significant difficulties for Western New Yorkers Sunday morning.

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The positive spin-off from Canalside is continuing. Ground was broken Wednesday on a project designed to revitalize Ohio Street between Buffalo's Inner and Outer Harbors.

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The cause of the power outage that affected more than 45,000 National Grid customers on Saturday remains under investigation.

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Officials with National Grid are reporting that a lightning strike is responsible for the power outages around the region.

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A new electric vehicle charging station was unveiled at a western New York retail store Wednesday. It is hoped that greater accessibility to the stations will encourage more people to buy electric cars.

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Senator Charles Schumer is supporting a plan to switch the NRG Dunkirk plant from coal to natural gas. However, the plan is one of two options being considered by the state Public Service Commission.

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A limited state of emergency was declared in the City of Niagara Falls  on Saturday as clean-up from Friday night's damaging storms continued.

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Heavy rains and strong winds overnight have caused downed trees and power lines as well as isolated instances of flooding.

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National Grid is putting millions of dollars into a city program to renovate old buildings for new uses.

The cash from National Grid was announced during a news conference yesterday in the Genesee Gateway complex of mostly rehabbed-buildings.

Office space in the complex is gradually filling up and work on apartments is starting, more living space in a Downtown which seems able to absorb more and more residents.

Mayor Brown says the 1,000 housing units opened in very recent years are making Downtown the fastest growing neighborhood in the city.

Utility customers across the country are being victimized by a new scam that attempts to acquire social security and banking numbers under the guise of a government program that pays their utility bills. 

The scammers  ask for banking information and social security numbers, and are then give out fake account numbers tied to the fictitious program. 

Scammers are using phone calls, e-mails, and going door-to-door attempting to solicit the information. 

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Buffalo's Ford stamping plant announced the completion of a $2.7 million energy efficiency project Monday.

The Ford plant upgraded all of their light fixtures to LED to cut costs on electricity. The project took five months and is expected to save the amount of electricity 1,400 homes would use in a year. S3J Electronics president Adam Metz who worked on the project said the lights should last between seven and ten years.