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New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York to Eliminate Coal by 2020

New York will eliminate its use of coal power by 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged in yesterday’s State of the State address. The state currently has three active coal-fired power plants that produce less than 4 percent New York’s energy load. One plant is scheduled for closure in 2016. To … Read more »

Manufacturers Must Recycle Mercury Thermostats

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that requires mercury thermostat manufacturers to collect and recycle their products. The Mercury Thermostat Collection Act, which was passed by the state assembly in June, requires that manufacturers develop and implement a thermostat collection program that meets a pre-established … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: NY Gas Reserve, Tesla Fire, Coal Protest

New York plans to create a gasoline reserve holding three million gallons of fuel, in an effort to avoid long lines at gas stations such as those seen after Hurricane Sandy, the New York Times reports. The $10 million pilot program would be the first state-owned gasoline reserve in the … Read more »

Kiernan Plaza

Smart Cities Technology Hub to Open in New York

The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) has acquired the landmark Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany, NY, in a bid to create a hub for smart cities technology companies. The $30-million CNSE-led initiative, identified as a priority project by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Capital Region Economic Development Council … Read more »

NY Launches $19M Alt-Fuel Truck Voucher Program

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has launched a $19 million truck voucher program to encourage companies to purchase battery-electric commercial trucks as well as other energy-efficient transportation, including hybrid and compressed natural gas trucks. The New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program includes two voucher funds. The first: $9 million … Read more »

Greek yogurt Chobani

Yogurt Companies Face Whey Disposal Problem

Greek yogurt is a booming $2 billion a year industry with popular brands including Chobani and Dannon. But it produces millions of pounds of waste that industry insiders are scrambling to figure out what to do with, Modern Farmer reports. Greek yogurt is strained, unlike other varieties of yogurt, and … Read more »