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Lawmakers push for county co-op for heating oil

Conners' allegations of price fixing and the call to lower Albany County's carbon footprint have been either met with objection or a lack of backing, he said.

However, other county official have been employing more immediate solutions to control emissions and make use of alternate energy sources.

County Executive Michael Breslins's office is seeking additional green technologies, such as solar paneling at the county-run hockey facility, for other buildings, municipal and private through out the county, said county executive office spokeswoman Kerri Battle.

Breslin's office has yet to speak with Conners about his co-op plan or the plan to build ethanol production facilities in the Capital District, she said.

"There are things that the county executive wants to put forth, like finding the carbon footprint of the county," said Battle. "There are opportunities there."

The plan so far has been to monitor and survey large buildings to see if plans can be implemented to cut energy consumption, she said.

However, Conners want to take action now before next year when he pitches the same plan to offset another 50-cent increase in oil prices.

"It's cleaner air and cleaner water. It's a win-win situation but it will take a while to warm to the idea. You have to push hard on these ideas," Conners said.

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