50 by…whenever by Kenneth Girardin | | NY Torch

For a second consecutive year, the state Public Service Commission (PSC) has deeply slashed the amount of renewable energy that utility companies are forced to buy under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard (CES). The move casts further doubt on the governor’s goal of having renewables supply 50 percent of the state’s electricity by 2030—while reinforcing the CES program’s status as primarily a bailout for money-losing upstate nuclear plants.

Flanagan would reduce nuke subsidies by Kenneth Girardin | | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s massive ratepayer subsidy of aging upstate nuclear power plants would be significantly modified under a bill just introduced by Senate Republican Leader John Flanagan.

“Czar” exiles energy facts by Kenneth Girardin | | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s energy czar isn’t letting facts get in the way of attacking the growing number of dissenters who challenge Cuomo’s new Clean Energy Standard.

The smudgy green in biodiesel by Kenneth Girardin | | NY Torch

The state Senate is considering a measure to force New Yorkers to buy heating oil blended with biodiesel—but it’s not the kind of environmentally friendly, “green” policy its supporters would have you believe.

Cuomo blocks gas pipeline by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

"Southern Tier Soaring" is the slogan Governor Andrew Cuomo has assigned to his job-creation program for the most economically troubled region of upstate New York.

Better make that "Southern Tier Sinking (Further)."

EPA drills under anti-frackers by Kenneth Girardin | | NY Torch

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has just eliminated a substantial "scientific uncertainty" cited in support of New York State's ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of deep-underground natural gas deposits.

Bio-fooled by Jude Clemente | | Reports

A proposal to mandate the use of biodiesel in home heating oil in New York would raise consumer costs while reducing overall energy efficiency and consuming more fossil fuels.

If not fracking, what? by E.J. McMahon | | NY Torch

Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State is a huge blow to the fragile and declining economy of the Southern Tier.