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Only Two Electric-Cab Drivers On the Road in NYC

Five of the seven electric cars in the city's taxi and for-hire fleet are idle, but Luis Castro is still making battery-powered stops in the Bronx.

Deadline Nears for Public Input on Rockaways Pipeline

Federal regulators will soon decide whether to permit a pipeline to run under the Rockaway Inlet, connecting the Brooklyn-Queens natural gas grid to a transcontinental pipe three miles offshore.

Fracking Accusation Angers Bronx State Pols

A Common Cause report says donations imply support, but lawmakers insist they're for moratorium.

For Some Landlords, It's Not Easy Going Green

If New York is to meet PlanNYC's goals, apartment buildings must get greener. While property owners and tenants both benefit from more efficient systems, getting them up and running takes a different kind of green.

Greening Brooklyn from the Ground Up

What role do neighborhood groups play in the global effort to save the environment? What does sustainable living offer to low-income New Yorkers? We asked the experts.

Their Smoke, Our Smog: Meet These Midwestern Power Plants

Local car exhaust is one reason why New York officials have had to declare several ozone alert days this year. But out-of-state smokestacks are also a major contributor to air problems in the city.

Indian Point Worry: Not The Reactor, The Leftovers

Spent fuel rods are at the center of concerns about the nuclear plant just north of the city—and are a factor at several other plants in the tri-state area.

Green Energy Company Gets New, Fossil-Fuel Burning Owner

As environmentally laudable as Green Mountain’s Energy's product may be, the company has long had corporate ties to the fossil fuel industry, and those ties have only gotten closer.

Election 2010: Polls Closed, Policy Awaits

Election night confirmed what polls had predicted for weeks: Andrew Cuomo will be New York's next governor. Here's a look at what that means for the state's economy, schools, power plants and housing market.

Got Juice?: Choices Loom After Power Project's Demise

A year after the collapse of a plan for new transmission lines to New York City, questions remain. Was the need for new infrastructure a myth? Or are tougher choices ahead for consumers?

Green Taxi Case Heads
Toward Showdown

The Bloomberg administration's hopes for a hybrid-car taxi fleet may hinge on whether a federal appeals court thinks a city plan passes Constitutional muster.

City Wants Answers, Input
On Upstate Drill Plan

A huge underground reserve of natural gas is luring fuel companies to upstate New York. But local officials and advocates are worried about what the drilling will do to the city's watershed.

Slings In Run For Mayor

Though City Councilman Tony Avella and "Reverend" Billy Talen have an uphill battle to beat Goliath this fall, they're banking on grassroots dissent against Bloomberg to propel their bids for office.

The City's Latest
Hirings and Retirings

Filling policy shoes at FPWA, a new city family services coordinator, and a host of other moves around government and nonprofits this fall.

Blackout Insurance:
Solar City Rooftops

Last week's brief electricity loss spotlights the stiff energy demands on Con Ed. The company's load could be lightened - but that would require a few changes to its business plan.


A power plant project is set to use the East River's water, wind and fire.


New York City takes baby steps away from the power grid and toward renewable energy.

The New York City Energy Policy Task Force is responsible for providing electricity to the homes, offices, and transportation systems that encompass the five boroughs. City offices and the housing authority are among the highest energy consumers in New York City.

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Hope, Hesitation as Waste-to-Energy Gets New Look - Jarrett Murphy

Amid coverage of what Mayor Bloomberg said in his annual address about schools, cops and wages, the mayor's reference to a once-controversial notion—"the possibility of cleanly converting trash into renewable energy"—passed all but unnoticed.

Energy Nonprofits Chilled by Obama Budget Move - Milesska Contreras

The White House wants to cut a weatherization program by billions, saying lower fuel costs justify the move. But nonprofits that do the insulation work fear for their clients—and their employees.

A Fracking Film As Cuomo Deadline Nears - Jarrett Murphy

The state ban on most forms of the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as "fracking" will soon expire. A film to be shown Monday explores the complex debate over whether fracking should be welcomed or feared.



The Twists and Turns of Green-Wood

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Midtown Pregnancy Support Center 2014 Annual Benefit - Reach NYC

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Competitive Energy Markets Work for New York

By Gavin J. Donohue

Competitive Energy Markets Work for New York

In a response to an assemblyman's call for stricter regulation of the electricity marketplace, an industry official says deregulation is not to blame for high prices.

Failed Deregulation: NYers Pay Too Much for Power

By Assemblyman James Brennan

Failed Deregulation: NYers Pay Too Much for Power

An assemblyman reveals the results of an investigation into how our current electricity rates compare to those we'd have paid before the Pataki administration's deregulation of the power market.

Reducing NYC's Carbon Footprint: Do We Know Our Shoe Size?

By Ron Dembo

Reducing NYC's Carbon Footprint: Do We Know Our Shoe Size?

Ahead of this week's Regional Plan Association annual assembly on "Innovation and the Global City," an environmental thinker says more data is needed to direct efforts at greening New York and other cities.



Cause for Alarm-Tracking New York's Most Serious Fires

The number of fire companies and chiefs who are assigned to a fire follows a system of alarms. A fifth-alarm fire, which is thd most serious of fires in NYC, could bring 36 units and at least six of FDNY's chiefs.