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Cayuga County Legislature approves land agreement for solar array

Members of the Cayuga County Legislature were joined Tuesday at the body's monthly meeting by students from throughout the county as a part of Student Government Day. Ryan Franklin, The Citizen AUBURN — The Cayuga County Legislature Monday approved a revised version of a land development agreement for a proposed 6.5 megawatt solar array on county-owned land in the town of Sennett. In a 10-5 vote, the Legislature approved a land development agreement, with a lease option, that would allow developer Abundant Solar Power, a Canadian company, to develop an array on an approximately 35-acre piece of county property at the county's Natural Resource Center at 7445 County House Road. Prior to the vo

Electric car charging stations installed in DeWitt, Clay

Mary Catalfamo | Asst. Digital Editor The stations can each charge two electric vehicles. DeWitt and Clay have installed six charging stations for electric vehicles outside of their respective town halls this month as part of an initiative that aims to make EV ownership more feasible for New York state residents. Three EV charging stations were installed outside the DeWitt Town Hall on Oct. 1, with the help of funding from local initiatives and state programs. Three other EV charging stations were installed on Oct. 17 outside the Clay Town Hall, off State Route 31. Both towns received grant funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, with the help of Clean Comm

“Drunken forests” in Alaska are just another sign of melting permafrost

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — In parts of Alaska, the ground is sinking so much that trees are growing almost horizontally. It's an area scientists refer to as a "drunken forest." Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are only beginning to understand the severity of the situation. They're awaiting the results from their second yearly flight over the boreal forests of northern Alaska to look for changes in the layer of frozen soil at the root of the problem: melting permafrost. A change in the depth of the permafrost could have frightening consequences for the climate. Massive stores of carbon — in the form of ancient flora and fauna — are frozen in the Arctic ground. As the ice in the permaf

Governor Cuomo Announces Winners of $3 Million Clean Energy Competition for Colleges and Universitie

Teams at University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Suffolk County Community College Are Awarded Nearly $1 Million Each to Develop Innovative Clean Energy Projects on Campus and in Their Communities Projects Support New York's Nation-Leading Goal for 50 Percent of Electricity to Come from Renewable Energy Sources and Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will award nearly $1 million each to The University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Suffolk County Community College as part of the Energy to Lead Competition. The competition challenges New York colleges and universities

Town of Clay Continues Support & Shift toward Green Energy

Clay Town Hall latest place where people can charge Electric Vehicles, part of town's commitment to a green-energy shift. CREDIT JOHN SMITH/WAER NEWS The Town of Clay has already placed itself on the map for green energy initiatives by installing solar panel arrays. Now the Town Hall will be a pit stop for those with Electric Vehicles. The town cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new dual-charging E-V station through a $150-thousand state grant that will also implement further green-energy initiatives in the town. Supervisor Damian Ulatowski says he now expects to see more E-V owners at their town hall on Route 31. “Where someone driving through the community can say, ‘I need a quick charge here

DEC Announces Three New Bronze Certified Climate Smart Communities and Tompkins County as the Fourth

New York State's Climate Smart Communities Certification program, announced in 2014, recognizes demonstrated accomplishments in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change at the local level. Last week DEC announced that Tompkins County was designated as a Silver Certified Climate Smart Community for its exceptional leadership in climate action. In 2017, Tompkins County became the 12th Certified Climate Smart Community when it achieved bronze certification. Tompkins County is the fourth community in the state to reach the silver level. Check out the county's certification report for details on their accomplishments. In addition, last week DEC announced three ne

DeWitt Becomes the Latest to Install Electric Vehicle Chargers as Part of State Effort

DeWitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko cuts the ribbon for three new electric vehicle charging stations available to public. CREDIT JOHN SMITH / WAER NEWS A new installation of electric vehicle chargers in DeWitt is part of a move by the state to increase use of EVs. Three new stations were unveiled Monday at the DeWitt Town Hall. Town Supervisor Ed Michaelenko said he is excited to take steps toward what used to be considered futuristic. “It’s about time we all started to embrace the technology and we pushed our leadership to make sure charging stations and centers like this are a regular occurrence. Someday, like I say, our grandchildren will see George Jetson with electric technology and dr

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