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In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which aims to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions through a rollout of clean energy infrastructure, in 2018. The Long Island Power Authority’s board voted in May 2020 to authorize community choice aggregation, allowing municipalities to decide how they electricity it procures is derived.

Preparing for Climate Change in Eastern Long Island, New York

CURRENT NEWS

Governor Hochul Signs Legislation to Protect Public Health, Improve Water Quality in Suffolk County

05/23/24
Governor Kathy Hochul today signed the Suffolk Water Quality Restoration Act to protect public health and improve water quality. Legislation S.8473/A.8993 will allow Suffolk County to put forward a ballot referendum that would fund long…
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Sunrise Wind Farm Open House

By Carissa Katz 05/23/24
With Orsted and Eversource set to begin pre-construction activities in September on the 924-megawatt Sunrise Wind farm, the developers are hosting an open house for mariners and “fisheries stakeholders” in Montauk on Wednesday.
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Flood insurance premiums on Long Island could double over next 10 years as sea levels rise

By Jonathan LaMantia 05/17/24
Long Islanders are beginning to see the tangible costs of climate change in the form of rising insurance costs. In some communities, flood insurance premiums will double or triple as the federal government aims to…
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Of Mice And Men: Befriending Nature’s Balance

By Leonard Green 04/29/24
When I was a boy, snakes were a common sight on the island: garter snakes, northern black racers, and milk snakes. Black racers are the largest snakes on Long Island. I know they are still…
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State Assembly Approves Suffolk County Water Quality Restoration Act

By Stephen J.Kotz 04/17/24
The State Assembly, by unanimous 147-0 vote on Monday, passed an updated version of the Suffolk County Water Quality Restoration Act, which would raise an estimated $3 billion to $4..
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PSEG Hangs On

By Karl Grossman 04/08/24
“It’s an uphill fight,” said State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. last week about the effort to make the Long Island Power Authority a fully public utility. This, despite the
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LIPA CEO Outlines Utility’s Energy Future

03/20/24
Long Island Power Authority Chief Executive Officer Thomas Falcone, in a briefing with members of the Express News Group’s editorial board on Friday — before announcing his resignation from the
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Governor Hochul and Other Officials Gather at Stony Brook Southampton Campus To ‘Flip the Switch’ on $2 Billion South Fork Wind Project.

By Tom Gogola 03/15/24
It was a literal, if symbolic, flip of the switch — a big switch — at the Stony Brook Southampton campus on Thursday as assorted luminaries from local, state and
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Governor Hochul Announces Completion of South Fork Wind, First Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm in the United States

03/14/24
Governor Kathy Hochul today, alongside the United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and other elected officials, announced the completion of the landmark South Fork Wind project, with all 12 offshore wind turbines constructed…
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Long Island’s Power Shift: Public Utility Proposal and Environmental Initiatives Unveiled

By Saboor Bayat 03/04/24
Recent proposals have spotlighted a transformative vision for Long Island's energy and environmental future, underscored by a push to make the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) a fully public entity. This change aims at facilitating…
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It’s Full Speed Ahead for Offshore Wind in New York

By Devin Callahan 03/04/24
Governor Kathy Hochul’s recent announcement awarding two offshore wind projects, Empire Wind I and Sunrise Wind, marks a groundbreaking moment for New York’s commitment to renewable energy and fighting climate change.
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Long Island Is Sinking

02/15/24
The bad news about climate comes so frequently these days that it is difficult to remain focused on the existential challenges facing the East Coast. Now there is a new problem to think about: Throughout…
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KEY RESOURCES

National Risk Index Data Lookup

09/25/23
Use the form below to look up the risk details for a specific county or Census tract. As you enter information into the form, the form will update and present you with additional input fields.…

Lazy Point Farms

05/24/22
Lazy Point Farms are created to provide the structural, educational, and logistical support needed to advance the future of sugar kelp farming on Long Island. Whether you are an aspiring kelp farmer, an existing shellfish…

What Can and Can’t Be Recycled?

04/21/22
A simple guide to what can and can't be recycled

Organic Soil The Natural Alternative

02/18/22
Long Island Compost has made a name for itself in the organic soil industry by crafting custom blends from natural materials and doing its part to repurpose compost into sustainable substances.

Long Island Green Homes – Long Island Green Homes

07/09/21
Long Island Green Homes is a non-profit collaborative partnership of Long Island Towns, community organizations and Molloy College funded primarily with a grant awarded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to help…

Become a USGBC-LI Member

06/14/21
Yearly membership is as little as $25 a year for students. Your membership entitles you to discounts, free materials and many opportunities to meet others in the Long Island Green Building community.

Visit this dairy farm turned carbon-neutral Conservancy preserve and office

03/17/21
True to its name, Uplands Farm Sanctuary in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, retains the appearance of an old dairy farm, complete with a silo and open meadows that were once cattle pastures. Today, the…

South Fork

02/15/21
BOEM has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the South Fork Wind Farm and South Fork Export Cable Project. The following documents are available for your viewing.

Why Wind?

08/04/20
The local case for offshore wind energy.

NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities

04/06/20
On August 3, 2016, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of the Clean Energy Communities program, a $16-million initiative to help local governments across the state reduce energy consumption and drive clean energy use in their…

Clean Energy Communities Grants – Remaining Awards

04/06/20
This dashboard provides regularly updated information on the number and amount of remaining grants in each region by community size. Select your region to view the grants available for your community. Grants are available to…

Governor Cuomo Announces 30-Day Amendment to Accelerate Renewable Energy Projects and Drive Economic Growth as Part of Nation-Leading Climate Agenda

02/21/20
Legislation to Create Office of Renewable Energy Permitting Office Will Streamline Process for Environmentally Responsible and Cost-Effective Siting of Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects Across the State Legislation to Speed Up Progress Towards the State Mandate…

HOW SOLAR-FRIENDLY ARE LONG ISLAND MUNICIPALITIES?

02/06/20
An in-depth evaluation of 19 municipalities and solar policies on Long Island.

New York State Announces First Ever Offshore Wind Energy Awards

07/18/19
Nation-leading Program Sends Powerful Message To Launch Offshore Wind Industry.

Our Forum on Coastal Resiliency on Long Island

12/13/19
On Monday, December 9th, the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) and Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) hosted an educational forum on coastal resiliency strategies.

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Lawmakers Hold Environmental Roundtable, A ‘Unique Forum’ On LI

By Lisa Finn   02/08/24  
Lawmakers gathered Thursday to discuss the critical issues facing the area's natural environment.
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Opinion: Major oil, gas and coal companies must pay the staggering costs of the climate crisis

By Cate Rogers   01/25/24  
January has been a brutal month for Long Island. Torrential rains, strong winds, and high tides have pounded the island on multiple days in what some officials described as the worst storm since Superstorm Sandy.…
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How New Yorkers can save on heating bills with tax credits and incentives

By Chris Kahn   01/22/24  
The challenges of heating a home on Long Island are perhaps never more vexing than what Barbara Brennan deals with every morning in her living room. The seating area at the front of her tidy…
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Gov. Kathy Hochul: $5M from state to fight erosion on South Shore

01/22/24  
On windswept, storm-ravaged Overlook Beach on Monday, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the state would step in with funding to repair damaged structures and replenish eroded sand in Babylon, Fire Island and Gilgo State Park. Hochul…
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It’s time to face honestly the threat of water and wind to Long Island’s coastline

01/20/24  
For more than a century, the future of Long Island’s fragile shoreline has been a focus of public debate. Much of today’s conversation — especially after a recent series of storms caused serious erosion along…
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In a historic first, a US offshore wind farm delivers power to the grid

By Michelle Lewis   01/19/24  
New York’s South Fork Wind has become the first utility-scale offshore wind farm to generate power in the US.
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Heat Pump Water Heaters are Efficient and Sustainable

01/16/24  
Water heating can be a real drain on your energy budget. In fact, it's the second-largest energy user for the typical household. Electric heat pump water heaters are your energy-efficient alternative to conventional units. They…
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Suffolk seeks federal storm recovery aid, as Long Island preps for next round of winds, flooding

By John Asbury   01/11/24  
Long Island officials were seeking state and federal help in recovering from major erosion and flooding left behind from this week's rain and windstorm, even as they prepared for another weather system taking aim at…
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Equinor pulls plug on 1 of 3 offshore wind projects off Long Island

By Jesse Zanger   01/05/24  
There's been another blow to offshore wind power's entry into U.S. waters. Equinor, the company planning to build three offshore wind farms off Long Island, has pulled the plug on one of them. Empire Wind…
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Environmental News For 2023

12/22/23  
Tucked between two peninsulas, Manhasset Bay is a beautiful body of water. However, all is not well in Manhasset Bay. As with much of Long Island, the health of this picturesque waterbody is under threat.…
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Feds to reconsider decision on Fire Island erosion protections after pressure from state

By John Valenti   12/12/23  
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to reconsider an earlier decision not to replenish badly storm-damaged Fire Island shoreline following pressure from state officials and a Dec. 1 request from the New York…
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New York Turns On Its First Offshore Wind Farm

By Patrick McGeehan   12/06/23  
New York State has leaped into the era of offshore wind power, with electricity generated over the Atlantic Ocean now flowing to homes on Long Island.
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Big Oil should pay for the costs of climate change in NYS

By Blair Horner   12/05/23  
It’s become clear that Long Island faces serious environmental problems from global warming. The question for Albany is: Who should pick up the tab? With 2023 expected to be the hottest year recorded in human…
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$12 Million in Grants Awarded to Improve the Environment of Long Island Sound

12/04/23  
Today, federal and state environmental agencies and officials from New England and New York, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), announced 39 grants totaling $12…
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Activists say these climate bills will help Hochul meet NY’s 2030 mandate

By Sara McGiff   11/21/23  
Monique Fitzgerald has witnessed climate injustice occurring in her North Bellport neighborhood. The fenceline community borders the Brookhaven Landfill and other industrial pollutants that contribute to North Bellport having the lowest health outcomes in Suffolk…
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Climate change causing homeowners insurance rates to skyrocket across Tri-State Area

By Elijah Westbrook   11/09/23  
New data shows climate change could make insurance dramatically more expensive than years prior for many homeowners in the Tri-State Area. The research group First Street found nearly 90% of homes in New Jersey's Ocean…
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South Fork Wind Farm Will Not Be Impacted by Soaring Industry Costs, Developer Says

By Michael Wright   11/08/23  
The runaway train momentum that had seemed to be driving the burgeoning offshore wind energy industry unstoppably forward has been slowed, somewhat, in recent months by surging costs that have... more
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Residents meet to air safety concerns about proposed battery storage unit in Holtsville

By Mark Harrington and Carl MacGowan   10/25/23  
Residents concerned about a proposed battery storage facility being built in Holtsville are holding two meetings to air their grievances. The PSC on Oct. 12 gave formal approval to the $110 million project, which includes…
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State plans to shift more of its power supply to renewables reaches a key juncture

By Yancey Roy   10/22/23  
When New York regulators said “no” to giving more subsidies to offshore wind-power developers, they followed an ongoing trend here and abroad. But it also marked what might be a crucial moment in the state’s…
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Eastern Long Island schools worry about roadblocks to New York’s electric bus goals

By Sara McGiff   10/03/23  
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has an ambitious plan to get zero-emission school buses on the road by 2035. Last week, she announcedthat $100 million will be available for the first round of funding. However,…
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How climate change, renewable energy will impact Long Island’s future

By Jordan Vallone   09/29/23  
League of Women Voters of East Nassau recently partnered with the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a nonprofit and nonpartisan environmental organization, to host a vastly informative presentation on the drastic consequences that climate change…
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Glass recycling on Long Island hampered by hodgepodge approach, limited uses, experts say

By Carl MacGowan   09/16/23  
April Golden and Santa Fogarty of Coram trek to Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville about once a month to deposit a box of empty pickle jars and wine bottles in the steel waste container outside.…
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Whales, from above

By Ellie Duke   09/15/23  
Sutton Lynch rises most days before the sun, arriving at Atlantic Beach in Amagansett, N.Y., for the early-morning calm. It’s the same beach he’s been going to since he was a child, and where he…
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Long Island Sound protection would continue under new legislation

By Tracy Tullis   09/15/23  
Legislation to continue funding water quality and coastal habitat projects in the Long Island Sound has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. The Long Island Sound Restoration and Stewardship Act would provide $65…
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NYers seeing increases in auto, homeowner insurance rates

By Michael Gormley   09/08/23  
If you noticed that your premiums for auto and homeowner insurance jumped hundreds of dollars over the last couple years, you’re not alone. In the last two years, auto insurance premiums increased in New York…
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Join Long Island @ March 2 End Fossil Fuels with All Our Energy and friends

09/01/23  
Join the Long Island contingent at the March to End Fossil Fuels in New York on September 17th,* 2023! With wildfire smoke choking the air we breathe, hurricanes and floods threatening our homes, and toxic…
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As climate change warms coastal waters, a rare bacterial infection could pose more of a threat

By Michayla Savitt   08/24/23  
Several people along the East Coast have contracted a rare “flesh-eating” bacterial infection that scientists say is exacerbated by climate change.
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Feds Okay New Wind Farm

By Christopher Walsh   08/24/23  
The federal Department of the Interior announced its approval on Tuesday of Revolution Wind, a 704-megawatt offshore wind farm about 15 nautical miles southeast of Point Judith, R.I. It is to provide electricity sufficient to…
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NOAA’s Hurricane Forecast Intensifies

By Christopher Walsh   08/17/23  
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, citing factors including record-high sea surface temperatures, has updated its prediction for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season from “near normal” to “above normal.”
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Hurricane season: What to know when buying a house in a flood zone on Long Island

By Arielle Dollinger   08/10/23  
On days when road turned to river, Lisa Ludwig donned hip waders for walks to the bus stop with her school-aged children. With a kid on her back, she sloshed up the street, then turned…
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Wind Farms Here Hit Milestones, While Others Hit Turbulence

By Michael Wright   08/02/23  
The construction of the South Fork Wind Farm reached another milestone last week, while a second offshore wind farm that will send power to Long Island took its first concrete step toward construction — even…
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Long Beach council tells Hochul it is ‘fervently opposed’ to wind project

By Mark Harrington   07/21/23  
The City of Long Beach is “fervently opposed” to the Empire Wind 2 project that proposes a high-voltage power line through its streets and turbines visible from shore, city officials said in a letter to…
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Long Island air quality: Unhealthy smoke conditions could return on Thursday

By Nicholas Spangler   06/27/23  
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday warned that smoke rolling down from Canadian wildfires could bring unhealthy air conditions to much of the state by Thursday, and the state’s top environmental official said that the haze…
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State backs $3.3 billion cable plan to carry offshore wind power from Long Island to upstate

By Mark Harrington   06/21/23  
P Parts of western and central Long Island are slated to become the backbone of a sprawling new network of high-voltage cables for offshore wind energy in a $3.26 billion project that officials said also…
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The ‘Sisyphus of Trash’ Struggles to Clean Relentless Waves of Plastic From a New York Island’s Beaches

By Devin Speak   06/20/23  
In just three years, Michele Klimczak has picked, hauled, weighed, documented and sorted more than 32,000 pounds of garbage from the shores of Fishers Island, New York. She finds plastics stamped with product expiration dates…
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Smoke casts ‘very unhealthy’ pall over Long Island as flights delayed, events canceled and masks recommended

By John Asbury and Others   06/08/23  
A thick haze of smoke from Canadian wildfires settled over Long Island on Wednesday, delaying flights, canceling outdoor events and casting an ugly — and unhealthy — burnt-orange pall over the region.
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NYPA Reenergizes Long Island Sound Cable Following $70 Million Modernization

05/31/23  
The New York Power Authority has completed a $70 million upgrade and modernization of its Long Island Sound Cable (Y-49), an underground transmission line that transverses the Long Island Sound from Westchester County to Nassau…
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Orsted to buy out wind farm seabed rights from Eversource Energy

05/25/23  
Orsted A/S, one of the world’s largest developers of offshore wind energy, announced Thursday that it had agreed to buy the interests of its partner Eversource Energy LLC for the uncontracted federal offshore wind lease…
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Proposed Calverton Air Cargo Facility May Impact South Fork

By Denise Civiletti   05/24/23  
Jet planes carrying cargo for delivery across the Long Island region may be landing on the East End for the first time, if an application now pending in Riverhead Town...
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Communities take steps to overcome Long Island’s food scrap dilemma

By J.D. Allen   05/17/23  
The Town of Riverhead partnered with nonprofits Long Island Organics Council and Green Inside and Out to launch the drop-off site in Calverton where organic waste will be converted into compost.
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Urgent Long Island trash study headed up by veteran Stony Brook researcher

By J.D. Allen   05/12/23  
The weight of the 14 million tons of waste that Long Island generates yearly might be said to rest on the shoulders of one Stony Brook University researcher.
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Long Island’s First Food Scrap Drop-Off Site in Riverhead, NY

05/11/23  
We are finally here!! Today, Thursday, May 11, the Long Island Organics Council, partnered with the Town of Riverhead, is finally launching the first food scrap drop-off site on Long Island! 🥳 Join us for…
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Happy International Compost Awareness Week!

05/07/23  
Some exciting compost-related things happening on Long Island this upcoming week, including the Launch of Long Island’s First Food Scrap Drop-Off Site on Thursday, May 11!! 🥳
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ConEdison cuts fossil fuel power plants in Long Island City

By Michelle Ross   05/03/23  
North Queens residents can now breathe cleaner air as conEdison is no longer dependent on fossil fuel-burning power plants in the area. The utility company built a six-mile-long transmission line that runs underground, carrying renewable…
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With a deadline looming, Long Island towns evaluate how they collaborate on trash

By J.D. Allen   05/03/23  
Most residents put their garbage out for collection at least once a week on Long Island. As long as it is picked up on time, their relationship with their trash ends there.
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Clean Energy Transmission Line In Long Island City Completed

By Coral Murphy Marcos   05/03/23  
A new six-mile transmission line that will bring clean energy to Long Island City and Astoria by connecting two substations in Queens was completed on Wednesday, Con Edison announced. The transmission line connects the Corona…
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How some Long Island communities ID’d as ‘disadvantaged’ plan to combat climate change

By Tiffany Cusaac-Smith   05/02/23  
The hamlet has areas with higher-than-average state levels of emergency department visits for asthma — a life-threatening respiratory disease that researchers have long linked to air pollution, according to the state and the U.S. Environmental…
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National Grid seeks 16% increase in average residential gas bills for 2024

By Mark Harrington   05/02/23  
National Grid is proposing to hike average residential gas bills by $28.52 a month next year, citing increased costs for materials, contractors and property taxes.
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National Grid plans to hike gas bills by 17%, files plan with regulators

By Christian Murray   04/29/23  
The company filed its proposed rate increases on Friday with the New York State Public Service Commission, the governing body that must sign off on them before they can go into effect. The proposal calls…
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Climate Exchange hub anchored by Stony Brook University seen as a boost for clean-energy economy

By Carol Polsky and Matthew Chayes   04/29/23  
A little island in New York Harbor long used for military defenses will soon house new defenders of the coastline: researchers, students and workforce trainees looking for solutions to climate change.
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