ReEnergy chief warns biomass plant could close in 90 days

A load of wood chips is unloaded in 2012 at ReEnergy Lyonsdale’s cogeneration plant on Marmon Road in the town of Lyonsdale. Watertown Daily Times photo.

A load of wood chips is unloaded in 2012 at ReEnergy Lyonsdale’s cogeneration plant on Marmon Road in the town of Lyonsdale. Watertown Daily Times photo.

LYONS FALLS — Without a power purchase agreement, the ReEnergy Lyonsdale wood-chip-burning cogeneration plant could close in 60 to 90 days, according to company CEO Larry D. Richardson. [Read more…]

Local experts discuss north country’s economic outlook at Chamber event

The Economic Forecast event featured a panel of five speakers discussing the economic trouble spots and assets in the north country.

The Economic Forecast event featured a panel of five speakers discussing the economic trouble spots and assets in the north country. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

Trying to get a glimpse of the local economic future is more like staring into an opaque globe than a crystal ball, noted Donald C. Alexander, chief executive officer of Jefferson County Economic Development. [Read more…]

Going green will save your green

Sarah O'Connell

We had some unusually hot weather this summer, so air conditioners seemed more of a necessity than a luxury for many of us. Normally, our utility bills are highest during the cold weather of winter (and fall, and spring) because of heating. But certain types of small businesses, including convenience stores, restaurants and retail shops, incur significant utility costs year-round because of their heating and cooling systems, lighting and refrigeration units.

For example, Monnat’s Country Store in Croghan was erected in 1922 and has 14-foot ceilings and multiple coolers; energy costs were a significant part of operating expenses.

Owner Gerald Schneeberger, who has been operating his business there for 18 years, came to the Small Business Development Center for help with obtaining a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority energy review. This audit is free and available to small businesses with an average monthly energy use of 100 kilowatts or less. [Read more…]

Business Briefcase – March 2012

Hospital earns accreditation

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Alliance Imaging, Ogdensburg, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in positron emission tomography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

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