Posts Tagged ‘energy’

Thursday, August 22, 2019

NYSERDA Offering LED Street Lighting Webinars

led lighting at suny purchaseNew York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (LRC) are teaming up for the LED Street Lighting Academy – a series of four monthly webinars to educate local governments on LED street lighting options and better prepare municipal decision-makers for interacting with contractors and the public.

By converting street lights to energy-efficient LED technology, local governments can save taxpayer dollars, provide better lighting, reduce energy use, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Large-Scale Composter Installations Turn Waste Into Resource

large scale drum composter at North Country School Camp Treetops in Lake PlacidThree large-scale composters were installed this summer at Lake Placid Central School, The Wild Center, and Hermon Dekalb Central School (just outside the Adirondack Park), allowing local communities to turn food waste into rich organic material using locally designed and manufactured composting systems.

A model composter that was built near the High Peaks at North Country School Camp Treetops (NCS/CTT) in 2017 has now been replicated at the three additional institutions, allowing schools and communities to process up to 200 pounds of organic matter each day, turning waste into compost in about a month’s time. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Hotel Saranac Energy Project Adds EV Charging Station

Rick Gorleski of PlugIn Stations Online installs an electric vehicle charging station at the Hotel SaranacThe historic Hotel Saranac has completed a four-year energy saving project, the downtown landmark is now home to clean energy technologies, energy efficiency upgrades, and an electric vehicle (EV) charging station.

Other upgrades include new high efficiency windows, low flow faucets and air sealing throughout the nearly century-old building. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

EV Chargers Now in Keene; Plans Floated for Marcy Field, Route 73

elelctric car

Two Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations have been installed on the Route 73 corridor: one in the hamlet of Keene, the other in Keene Valley.

Both are easy to use and have industry standard Level 2 chargers that support virtually any EV on the road today – users need only to plug in. There is a donation box at each charger to cover electricity costs. The requested donation is about the equivalent of $1.00 per gallon of gasoline. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Buildings Sought for Energy Efficiency Program

anca logoBuilding owners and managers in the Saranac Lake area have been invited to participate in a new program designed to reduce energy costs.

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is coordinating a project called the Aggregation for Community Energy Security (ACES), which allows businesses, municipalities and nonprofits who own or manage private or public-purpose buildings in and near the Village of Saranac Lake to receive reduced cost energy assessments and examine potential energy efficiency upgrades. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Cornell Experts Suggest Energy, Water Mexico Border

energy water border along usa mexico borderRebecca J. Barthelmie, is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering who specializes in developing wind as a renewable energy resource. Her colleague Sara C. Pryor is an atmospheric scientist and Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor who uses a combination of field measurements and numerical tools to improve understanding of the climate system. Barthelmie and Pryor are part of a consortium of 28 scientists, researchers, and engineers from several American universities proposing an unusual and thought-provoking alternative to building a nondescript wall along the US-Mexico border. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Battery Storage Study Underway in Lake Placid, Tupper

Village of Tupper Lake municipal offices Clarkson University researchers are conducting an energy study in Lake Placid and Tupper Lake that could help the two villages reduce their electricity costs through a process called “peak shaving.”

An feasibility study for Tupper Lake and Lake Placid municipal electric departments will investigate the use of battery energy storage to “peak shave,” a technique that reduces power consumption during periods of maximum demand. The project is being funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), with additional cost sharing funds from Clarkson University. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

St. Regis Falls Dam A Renewable Energy Option

Azure Mountain Power in St Regis Falls Saranac Lake based Northern Power & Light, Inc. has gained approval to operate under a new program created by New York State that allows electric customers to purchase a share of the electricity from a small renewable generator.

The company operates a a 700 kW hydroelectric plant, Azure Mountain Power, in St Regis Falls. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 4, 2019

Debatable: Should Renewable Energy Be An APA Priority? Yes

APA Building in Ray Brook NY“It’s Debatable” appears in each issue of the Adirondack Explorer. This essay by Adirondack North Country Association’s Sean Connin is a companion piece to “Debatable: Should Renewable Energy Be An APA Priority? No” by John Droz Jr., physicist and environmental advocate at Brantingham Lakes.

Locally sourced renewable energy — whether from wood, water, wind, sun, geothermal, or plant and animal waste — is important to the park’s future. It provides a multiplier for local economies, builds on traditions of self-reliance, and can provide environmental and social benefits. The trick is to design these renewable projects and practices to fit the local landscape and to provide value to communities. Such convergence can emerge through bottom-up strategies that optimize wealth retention at the local level and that benefit from equitable frameworks for land-use and energy policy at regional and state levels. The Adirondack Park Agency must lend its capacity to these outcomes and secure a best fit for resource use, protection, and quality of life within the park. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 3, 2019

Debatable: Should Renewable Energy Be An APA Priority? No

APA Building in Ray Brook NY“It’s Debatable” appears in each issue of the Adirondack Explorer. This essay by John Droz Jr., physicist and environmental advocate at Brantingham Lakes, is a companion piece to “Debatable: Should Renewable Energy Be An APA Priority? Yes” by Adirondack North Country Association’s Sean Connin.

It’s very appropriate that the Adirondack Park Agency periodically review regional issues to decide what items should be added, deleted or re-prioritized, to best meet its mission.

Recently, the APA released a proposed renewable energy policy. » Continue Reading.


Monday, February 18, 2019

Viewpoint: Coming to Terms with Solar Energy Development

Early stage project construction at the at the former village of Malone landfill sitePerhaps the most significant energy question in the North Country in the coming year will be the potential long-term advantages and/or disadvantages of advancing industrial-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project development in the region.

Solar power represents a significant opportunity for economic development and job creation in North Country communities. And PV energy production is playing an increasingly important role in how states meet their (renewable) energy needs. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Comments Sought On Adirondack Park Energy Plans

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment on its draft policy for Renewable Energy Production and Energy Supply.

The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance for the review and approval of renewable energy projects inside the Adirondack Park with regards to the Adirondack Park Agency Act, the Freshwater Wetlands Act and the Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Paul Hetzler Wants To Know – You Got Gas?

Dairy Cows in Collins Center New York 1999Even if its precise definition isn’t at the tip of your tongue, most everyone gets the general drift of what is meant by the term biogas — there’s biology involved, and the result is gas. One might guess it’s the funk in the air aboard the bus carrying the sauerkraut-eating team home after a weekend competition. Others would say biogas is cow belches, or the rotten-egg stink-bubbles that swarm to the surface when your foot sinks into swamp ooze.

Those are all examples of biogas, which is composed primarily of methane, CH4, at concentrations ranging from 50% to 60 %. Methane is highly combustible, and can be used in place of natural gas for heat or to run internal-combustion engines for the generation of electricity and other applications. Formed by microbes under anaerobic conditions, it is a greenhouse gas twenty-eight times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in Earth’s atmosphere. The fact that it can be useful if harnessed but dangerous if released is why we need to trap biogas given off by landfills, manure pits, and someday, maybe even cow burps. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Spier Falls Disaster: An Adirondack Tragedy

Adirondack history is naturally rife with river-related stories—wildly successful fishing trips, damaging floods, wilderness exploration, and dam construction. Rivers were the lifeblood of development:  settlements sprang up along waterways, where partial diversion of streams provided the wheel-turning power necessary to many industries. But freshets were so common and destructive that dams were introduced as flood-control measures, and then for hydropower as the electrification of society unfolded.

Recognizing the great financial potential of providing electricity to industries and the masses, power companies sought to develop dozens of potential reservoir sites. Among the arguments they used to justify building dam after dam was public safety. Ironically, the construction of a hydro dam was marred by one of the worst tragedies in Adirondack history. » Continue Reading.


Monday, October 8, 2018

Clean Energy Economy Conference Oct 24-25

ANCA - Adirondack North Country Association LogoANCA’s annual Clean Energy Economy Conference is set to return to the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls on October 24-25, 2018. The annual forum attracts clean energy leaders from across Northern New York and Vermont who are driving renewable energy adoption in the region.

This year’s conference focuses on “disruptive innovation” and will explore advancements affecting the region such as transportation and battery storage. The conference agenda includes special tracks for residential consumers, small businesses and industry professionals, as well as professional training opportunities that provide continuing education credits. » Continue Reading.