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In an unusual twist, a mid-level appeals court has overturned a ruling that would have forced the state’s major energy-efficiency agency to hand over a key study it was doing on how to reach the state’s carbon reduction goals as set out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

As well as providing a look at various interpretations of New York’s public records law, the case also touches on the difficulty of planning a broad energy policy amid constantly changing energy prices. Changing prices were cited as a reason for the report’s delay during the past three years.

Buffalo is joining a major program which loans money to businesses to make their buildings more energy efficient. While the program could be an overhaul boost to Buffalo, it  doesn't cost the city anything.

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Cattaraugus County is continuing its aggressive move into solar energy, with a solar farm planned for an unused section of the Nuclear Fuel Services complex in West Valley.

Making the move to heat and cool your home or small business with geothermal energy can be costly. A Western New York state Assemblyman is among a group of lawmakers backing a bill to add low or no-interest financing for that cost to the state’s On-Bill Recovery Financing Program.

Nuclear plant sale faces critical deadline

Nov 17, 2016
Nuclaer Regulatory Commission

The New York State Public Service Commission is meeting today to approve the sale of the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant on the shore of Lake Ontario. It is one of two deadlines New York state must meet this week in order to ensure the nuclear plant does not close.

State competition seeks new energy ideas

Feb 13, 2015

In an attempt to address the state's critical energy challenges, Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a new competition. Nearly $40 million is being made available to spur the development of small independent power grids.

Renewable energy projects to begin on West Side

Dec 18, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

PUSH Buffalo announced three renewable energy projects on the city’s West Side Thursday. The New York Regional Economic Development Council awarded $902,980 for the projects from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

New solar panels helping to power Amherst gas mart

Sep 4, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Crosby’s convenience store unveiled 110 new solar panels at its location in Amherst Thursday. Canopy panels were installed above the gas stations fueling pumps, as well as on top of the store's roof.

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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.

National sensor company relocates to Buffalo

Jun 13, 2013
Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

A national software and sensor company has relocated to western New York. Sentient Science moved from Idaho into the historic Butler Mansion in Buffalo to work with the University at Buffalo’s material science program.

Photo from the PUSH Buffalo website

A new program is expected to make some Western New York businesses more energy efficient. The community housing organization PUSH Buffalo is leading an effort that’s also expected to create local jobs.

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New York State is putting another $250 million  into alternative energy projects around the state, especially Upstate.

Rebates spark sales of new appliances

Apr 6, 2012

The state's effort to boost the purchase of new energy-efficient refrigerators and washing machines produced plenty of buyers.

Across New York, $3.5 million in Stimulus funds was handed out in rebates to push the purchase of more than 13,000 washers and refrigerators, according to NYSERDA Assistant Communications Director Dayle Zatlin.

Over $300,000 of the rebates have been distributed locally.

"Erie is one of our largest participating counties. We had over a thousand applications from Erie County," Zatlin said.