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The quest for cheaper energy on the consumer level trails back to the late 1970s, when solar appeared to be positioning to become a major player in power generation. Alternative power may get a boost from the advent of so-called "community grids.”

How can local communities in New York generate their own power and become less reliant on the electric grid? State officials were in Albany Wednesday to explain.

The Statewide Winter Energy Tour is holding information sessions in each of the 10 Regional Economic Development Council regions, many of which have suffered from the effects of extreme weather. 

National Parks Service

Eight east coast states, the EPA and several environmental groups have reached a revised agreement with one of the country's largest electricity producers to further reduce acid rain emissions from coal-fired power plants in the Midwest.