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KNOX — A 4.4-megawatt solar farm that’s proposed for 1688 Thompsons Lake Road, an undeveloped Knox property of roughly 33 acres owned by Mark and Janet Viscio, will not be subject until a public hearing until at least Decem

Could a solar farm proposed for Altamont Road in New Scotland impact the view from Thacher Park two miles away?

Guilderland has joined neighboring municipalities in approving the burying of a cable to bring electricity from Canada to the New York City area. Several citizens and a dissenting town board member raised environmental and human-rights concerns about the megadams producing the hydropower.

A developer of solar arrays has pulled out, but New Scotland will “continue to look for opportunities to do something” with two landfills on Upper Flatrock Road.

Potentially cheaper energy rates will have to wait as municipalities deal with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced this week that more than $24 million is now available to replace diesel-powered transit buses with new all-electric transit buses.

National Grid, which serves 20 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, is directing $500,000 to support customers affected by the health impacts, financial hardships, and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the towns with land on the Helderberg escarpment where large wind turbines were proposed in 2008 drafted laws on wind energy; others haven’t.

“We need to start thinking about regional impacts because, in my opinion, this proposal really kills home rule,” Guilderland's planner told the town board recently about an amendment placed into the proposed budget by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Adam Greenberg

Adam Greenberg, a member of the New Scotland Town Board since 2015, will receive the 2020 Erastus Corning Award for Intermunicipal Cooperation from the Capital District Regional Planning Commission for spearheading an initiative that could potentially shift “90,000 households to cleaner renewable electricity,” according to the nomination written on Greenberg’s behalf by Bethlehem Supervisor David VanLuven. 

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