About Zachary Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

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  1. Worth Gretter says

    Let’s do some quick math.

    Electricity (just the energy, not the delivery) costs the consumer about $0.10 per KWh right now. Let’s assume Erie gets half that, or $0.05 per KWh. They produce 22 MW, or 22,000 KW. For 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, that comes to about $10 million.

    So their source of energy, the falling water, costs them $1.5 million. Seems like they should pay at least that, and probably more.

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