New York's Innovation Conversation: Beyond the Light Switch
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Upstate New York is one of many areas of the country where energy security is closely linked to economic development, politics and quality of life. Rochester, New York's PBS station (WXXI) has created a companion show to Beyond the Light Switch, produced in conjunction with their Local Journalism Center (LJC), Innovation Trail. Innovation Trail is a collaborative effort between 5 of New York's PBS stations, reporting on how innovation and technology are reshaping upstate New York's economy. Energy is a major topical focus, reporting extensively on hydrofracking, hydroelectricity, and wind energy. For their BTLS companion program, WXXI produced a half hour public affairs show highlighting innovative energy solutions and the issues that energy alternatives raise, including:
- A ski resort turning to wind power to make snow for its slopes
- A biomass fuel project that plans to turn trash into power
- Regional controversy over hydraulic fracturing
- New York's first wind farm
Hosted by Innovation Trail editor Rachel Ward and WXXI Center for Public Affairs Director Julie Phillip, the program also highlights how regional energy suppliers are preparing for future energy demands, how businesses are using alternative energy methods to fuel growth, and how consumers are taking the initiative to invest in making their homes more efficient.