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Atlantic Offshore Wind Power

July 17, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY  – Over 1.5 million acres off the Atlantic coast can now be utilized for offshore wind development according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power contains a new analysis showing how strong, consistent winds offshore can provide power to New York. This is enough to power over five million homes.

NYS Dunkirk Power Plant Repowered

June 18, 2014
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - The New York State Public Service Commission has approved the repowering of the Dunkirk power plant. This decision not only improves reliability of the electric power in NYS but also provides economic benefits to Western New York. Under the $140 million agreement between National Grid and NRG, the repowered facility is assured operation for 10 years with added capability to generate 435 megawatts (MW) using natural gas.

LaborPress Honors ‘Heroes of Labor’

October 8, 2013
By Steven Wishnia

More than 200 people turned out Oct. 3 as LaborPress presented its annual “Heroes of Labor” awards to union members who demonstrated exemplary personal heroism, community service, or organizing work in the last year. “As a leader, I’m proud to be here,” said Nicholas LaMorte, president of Region 1 of the Civil Service Employees Association on Long Island. “It’s always nice when union and labor people, the common folk, get recognized for something that comes out of their hearts. It should send a message to everyone that bashes labor.” City Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley of Queens said the honorees “show the true spirit of New York.” Watch Video

UWUA Provides Training for Consumers Energy

September 5, 2013
By Neal Tepel

Jackson, Mich. - The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) has negotiated a new five-year labor agreement with Consumers Energy under which the union will assume a leading role in training employees at Michigan's largest electric and gas utility.

Rudin Management to Utilize Advanced Energy Saving Systems in Buildings

August 5, 2013
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Rudin Management, one of the largest privately held property management companies in NYC, will deploy the Di-BOSS(TM) digital building operating system in 14 additional commercial properties following positive pilot tests in two of Rudin's largest NYC buildings. The Di-BOSS operating system is a joint development of Selex ES, Rudin Management, and Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Unions are Powering up With American Solar Partners

July 23, 2013
By Paul Helou

As a leading provider of clean, renewable energy, American Solar Partners (ASP) – a Tuckahoe, New York-based company that develops, designs, and finances solar power projects, both residential and commercial -- works with union locals to install solar power systems on their buildings, inspire their members to put solar power on their homes, and assist their contractors to enter the solar market.

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