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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ron Kamen reveals NYSEIA'S future goals

Ron Kamen, the chief development and public policy officer of Earthkind Solar and president of the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) revealed NYSEIA's goals for the new year at the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Buffalo earlier this month. 

NYSEIA plans to work with future governor Andrew Cuomo to create a program to install 5,000 MW of solar photovoltaic capacity by 2025, build support for generating 2,000 MW of solar thermal by 2020 and ensure the success of New York's solar thermal incentive program. NYSEIA is also advocating for the New York Solar Jobs Act, which has the potential of creating $20 billion in economic returns and more than 22,000 jobs over the next 15 years.

To learn more about NYSEIA visit

Thursday, December 16, 2010

NYSERDA is seeking qualified solar thermal installers to participate in the Solar Thermal Incentive Program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking applications from solar thermal Installers to participate in the Solar Thermal Incentive Program which has the goal of installing 45.54 MW of solar thermal capacity by the end of 2015. The program plans on meeting such a goal by covering an average of 20% of the total installed cost of residential/non-residential solar thermal systems.

Installers interested in the program must be capable of showing previous competence in the solar thermal field and sign an agreement to abide by certain terms and agreements set forth by NYSERDA. Incentives will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accepted either until the end of 2015 or until all funds are committed.

For more information see the Program Opportunity Notice at

Friday, December 10, 2010

Albany's high-tech job market recognized as the third fastest growing in the country

The TechAmerica Foundation has identified Albany, New York as having the third-fastest growing high-tech job market out of all American cities. With a 1.6% increase in high-tech position, Albany only trailed behind Oklahoma City, OK and Huntsville, AL. Primary drivers for such growth are The University of Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, attractive real estate prices and high levels of government support.

Recognizing Albany's high-tech potential, the Massachusetts based innovator/producer of thin film photovoltaic panels, Magnolia Solar, has announced the desire to drastically increase their research presence in Albany. Although Magnolia has only hired 2 Albany employees, Ashok Sood, President and CEO of the company, has announced the number could grow to 50 within the next few years.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

The U.S. Green Building Council awards The SyracuseCoE it's prestigious Leadership Award

The Syracuse Center of Excellence(CoE) was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) 2010 Leadership Award in the non-governmental organization category at last months Greenbuild 2010 conference in Chicago. The award honors organizations and individuals who signify vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green building design/construction. The USGBC recognized the SyracuseCoE's work in indoor environmental quality as "an international platform that has raised the critical issue to the forefront".

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Syracuse University's Life Science Complex recieves High Performance Building Plaque

The Life Science Complex at Syracuse University has been awarded with NYSERDA's High Performance Building Plaque. The plaque is NYSERDA's way of honoring businesses that perform at least 30 percent above the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code. The 230,000 square foot complex, which was constructed in 2008, utilizes a wide range of energy saving features that make the facility one-third more energy efficient than other buildings its size. Among other energy efficient features, the complex utilizes high-efficiency lighting systems, occupancy sensor lighting controls, high-efficiency elevator systems and a demand-controlled ventilation system. The complex is a positive step forward towards The University's goal of Climate neutrality.

Syracuse University was granted $273,622 in incentives to construct the energy efficient complex under NYSERDA's New Construction program, which aims to improve New York State's energy, economic and environmental well being through increased energy efficiency, the creation of green jobs and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information see the press release at
For information on NYSERDA's New Construction program visit

Researchers at Syracuse University develop technology to increase wind turbine efficiency

Syracuse University researchers, Guannan Wang, Basman El Hadidi, Jakub Walczak, Mark Glauser, and Hiroshi Higuchi have developed technology to make better use of air that flows over the blades of wind turbines.  The technology, which is still in testing, has the potential to drastically increase the efficiency/ consistency of wind power while reducing noise.  Such technology could greatly improve the economic feasibility of wind power.

The researchers have partnered with our portfolio company, Impact-Technologies Group to form the "Clean Energy Collaborative", which will design/test prototypes using the technology.

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To learn more about Impact Technologies visit

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New York diverts $90 million from its Regional Greenhouse Gas Iniative Funding to reduce budget deficit

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Funding  (REGGIE), money set aside in 10 northeastern states to combat global warming and ease rising energy costs through energy efficiency, has been dipped into to reduce New York State's budget deficit.  $90 million has been taken from REGGIE to ensure future employment for teachers and public safety workers throughout the state.  New York is not alone in diverting such funding, New Jersey and New Hampshire have also used a portion of REGGIE to close their budget gaps.  Under strong criticism, the policy adviser to the Governor on environmental matters, Peter Iwanowicz has assured that New York will not divert any more of the funds to compensate for the deficit.

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New York State Assembly passes moratorium on hydraulic fracturing

The New York State Assembly voted in favor of a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a method of natural gas drilling that poses a myriad of severe environmental and health risks.  Although the moratorium will only last until May 15, 2011, it is a landmark victory for those opposed as politicians in New York have looked past powerful representatives from the natural gas industry and have officially recognized the dangers associated with the method of drilling.  The moratorium will put the decision of future drilling into the hands of governor elect Andrew Cuomo who opposes such practices and has been quoted saying "only if it were safe".

With a large state deficit, hydraulic fracturing has been an extremely controversial issue as it has the potential to bring short-term economic prosperity at the cost of human health and longevity.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

NYSERDA seeks CBOs to assist in conducting outreach for its Green Jobs - Green NY program

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking proposals from Constituency Based Organizations (CBOs) to recruit small businesses, not-for profits, residential and multi-family building owners into the Green Jobs - Green New York program's audit and financing programs as well as encouraging workers to take advantage of their training opportunities. NYSERDA has allocated $6 million in funding for such outreach among 12 geographic areas of New York State.

Green Jobs - Green NY was established through the Green Jobs Green New York Act of 2009 which established goals in promoting energy efficiency, reducing energy consumption/ emissions of greenhouse gases, supporting sustainable community development, and creating job opportunities.

Proposals for the Outreach Program are due by 5pm on January 12, 2011.

For more information on the Request for Proposal, including the application process visit

NYPA to invest heavily in Niagara County

With strong feelings of discontent for the inconveniences that The New York Power Authority's (NYPA) Niagara Power Project has laid upon the citizens of Niagara County, NYPA is in the finalization process of an aid package that has the potential to grant over $100 million for large scale economic development projects throughout the county. Although the scale of the package has not been officially released NYPA President and CEO Richard Kessel has compared it to the sum that Buffalo received for the development of the Erie Canal Harbor/downtown waterfront which totaled $105 million.

The aid package, entitled The Niagara Initiative, is expected to fund development projects in the realms of infrastructure, capital, parks, greenways and facilities which have been submitted by Niagara County and its municipalities earlier this year. Still reviewing such proposals, NYPA plans on announcing those selected either later this month or early December.

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Two New York State utilities are seeking large scale energy-saving projects

New York State Electric and Gas and Rochester Gas & Electric are currently seeking proposals for the funding of energy-saving projects of at least 100 megawatt hours. The companies are only considering proposals from non-residential customers and third party aggregators who can deliver such savings by October 2012.Proposals will be chosen based on the highest energy savings at the lowest cost.

To submit a proposal, an intent to bid must be submitted here before November 30th.

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New York State grants $61.5 million for statewide water quality improvement

The Water Quality Improvement Program, a program within the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Environmental Protection Fund, has awarded $61.5 million for water quality improvement and pollution reduction projects. The funding will cover more than 3/4 of the total costs for more than 40 projects throughout New York State. In order to reduce surface runoff Syracuse has been granted $3 million for the development of green infrastructure on civic strip. In Rochester, $2 million has been allocated for the construction of green roofs, which will filter storm water and reduce surface runoff while providing superior building insulation.

For general information about the funding, refer to The Ithaca Journal at
For a complete list of projects visit

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Town of Fenner recognized by ACE NY for its support of wind energy

The Alliance for Clean Energy New York (ACE NY) has awarded the town of Fenner, The Outstanding Government Leader award for facilitating the adoption of one of the first wind projects in the State of New York. Fenner, a small town in Madison County, became home of Canastota Wind Power, LLC's Fenner Wind Farm in 2001. Consisting of 20 turbines, the Fenner Wind Farm produces a total of 30 megawatts, roughly enough energy for 7,800 homes. The town of Fenner has been instrumental in the success of the Fenner Wind Farm. The town supported The Fenner Renewable Energy Center, Inc (FREE Center), a non-profit grassroots organization with a mission to educate the public about the benefits of adopting renewable energy, held fact-finding tours/public workshops, and Town Supervisor Russel Cary and the Fenner Town board shared their experience/expertise.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

The Advanced Energy conference showcases New York's advancements in clean technology

On November 8th and 9th more than 1,300 people gathered at the New York Hilton in New York City for the Advanced Energy 2010 conference which showcased emerging clean technologies in New York State, the entrepreneurs involved in their development and state characteristics that have catalyzed such progress. The conference, which was put on by the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, proved New York to be a critical hub of technological innovation as well as possessing a unique network of resources/assets to support the growth of clean technology businesses. Such resources include a highly developed educational infrastructure, supportive public agencies, incentivizing policies and an extensive network of investors. After the conference Governor David Patterson, who has recently released a climate action plan of his own, announced that "New York's unique qualities will ensure that the State's clean energy economy continues its significant growth", a viewpoint shared with the future governor, Andrew Cuomo.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

RPI professor recieve presidential recognition for his research on biofuels

Dr. Matthew Oehlschlaeger, a 32 year-old professor at RPI, has received The Presidential Early Career Award for his research on alternative jet fuels. Granted by President Obama, The Early Career Award is the highest honor a young scientist can receive. Along with national recognition the award grants $1 million for continued research. Professor Oehlschlaeger and his team of student researchers are searching for ways to employ bio-fuels in jet engines, significantly increasing the energy efficiency, and power of airplanes.

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Governor Paterson is seeking input on his recent climate plan

In order to make significant reductions in New York State's greenhouse gas emissions Governor David Patterson has released an interim New York State Climate Action Plan. The plan comes from The Climate Action Council, a group formed last year by Governor Patterson. The Climate Action Council has ambitious goals of reducing our 1990 level of emissions by 80% in the next 40 years, while creating an abundance of high quality jobs. The council plans on achieving such goals by accelerating the development of low-carbon power sources, improving construction codes, adopting low-carbon fuel standards for public transportation, reduction of farm waste, and supporting companies develop clean energy technologies.

With an action plan on the table Governor Patterson and The Climate Action Council are seeking public feedback! This is a great opportunity to leave your mark on a plan that has the potential to significantly increase the environmental, social and economic sustainability of New York State.

To review the plan visit and submit feedback to or mail it to Climate Action Plan, NYSERDA, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203.

Friday, November 5, 2010

ATK's Center for Energy and Aerospace Innovation to develop hydrogen powered utility vehicles for the US Military

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division has contracted ATK, an aerospace and defense company, to design and build two hydrogen fuel cell powered utility vehicles for military use. Although headquartered in Minnesota, the project will take place at ATK's Center for Energy and Aerospace Innovation in Ronkonkoma, NY. To develop such vehicles ATK has partnered with Toro, a landscaping equipment manufacture that has recently completed a NYSERDA funded project to develop, manufacture and test three hydrogen powered utility vehicles.

The military's interest in hydrogen powered utility vehicles stems from The Energy Policy Act of 2005, which requires a 20% decrease in oil consumption by the Department of Defense before 2016 as well as the production of commercial fuel cell vehicles and necessary infrastructure by 2020.

For more information visit the Market Watch Article at

The Raymond Corporation to showcase hydrogen fuel cell powered lift truck

The Raymond Corporation, a company specializing in the design, manufacture and distribution of lift trucks, has developed a hydrogen fuel cell powered stand-up counter balance lift truck. The company, which is headquartered in Greene, NY has a history of producing some of the most energy efficient lift trucks on the market. Due to rapid refuel times and sustained power hydrogen lift trucks have the potential to dramatically improve warehouse productivity while emitting only water.

The hydrogen lift truck will be showcased at The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, Inc. (NY-BEST) booth at Advanced Energy 2010 conference on November 8th and 9th in New York City (refer to October 22nd blog post). Steve Medwin, The Raymond Corporation's director of systems and advanced engineering, will discuss the energy storage options for lift trucks during the Energy Storage Options for Transportation Applications seminar.

The Raymond Corporation has been working towards the development of a hydrogen powered lift trucks since the opening of their "living lab" at company headquarters in 2007.

For more information on:
The Raymond Corporation visit
The Advanced Energy Conference visit

The Clean Tech Center recognized as a world leader in clean tech development

Shawn Lesser, a co-founder of The Global Cleantech Cluster Association, has honored The Clean Tech Center in his "Ten ways Global Cleantech Clusters are accelerating the Cleantech Revolution", a feature in "Cleantech Insights", the largest global clean tech newsletter in the world. The Clean Tech Center was exemplary for the eighth method on the list, "clusters can support all types of cleantech stakeholders". The feature praised The Clean Tech Center's efforts to bring together investors, financial institutions, lenders, universities, service providers, utilities, industry associations and government agencies to provide critical support for clean tech entrepreneurs.

This is the second year in a row that The Clean Tech Center as well as everyone involved have been recognized by Shawn Lesser as global leaders.

To view the article visit

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A bright future for New York's clean energy economy!

The citizens of New York spoke loudly about their clean energy ambitions Tuesday by electing Andrew Cuomo to govern New York State. Governor Cuomo is passionate about preserving New York's pristine environment, increasing energy efficiency and replacing much of our fossil fuel energy with renewables. This passion is evident in Governor Cuomo's 170 page environmental platform which is composed of 7 plans addressing, government, energy production, jobs, development, property taxes, environment and farming. Although most explicit in his energy and environmental plans clean technology is included as key strategies in the majority of the other categories.

Governor Cuomos energy plan revolves entirely around renewable energy and efficiency. He stresses the need to maximize energy efficiency, build a smart grid, upgrade/expand transmission infrastructure and drastically increase wind and solar power.

In his environmental plan, entitled "Cleaner, Greener NY", Governor Cuomo stresses the importance of sustainable community planning, environmental conservation, creating a green jobs corp, increasing renewable energy, environmental justice and incentivising alternative vehicles/public transportation.

For more information on Governor Cuomos platform visit:

Precision Flow Technologies to recieve $1.5 million in state funding Flow Technologies Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of high tech equipment for solar, semiconductor and LED production equipment suppliers has received a $1.5 million grant from NYSERDA.  The funding will enable the company to increase its capacity to manufacture solar thin film and LED production equipment. The company is headquartered in "Tech City" a clean technology commercial/light industry complex in Kingston, NY.    

Precision Flow Technologies is a part of The Solar Energy Consortium, a Kingston based not-for-profit organization that gives solar companies the support necessary to catalyze growth.

For more information on:
Precision Flow Technologies visit
The Solar Energy Consortium visit
Tech City visit

Friday, October 29, 2010

Former alumnus make a monumental donation to Cornell University's sustainability research center

Cornell alumnus David R. Atkinson and his wife Patricia have given Cornell University a monumental $80 Million donation for the advancement of the University's sustainability research center, marking the largest donation ever given to a University for sustainability research/faculty support as well as the largest single donation in Cornell's history.

Cornell's Center for a Sustainable Future is a three year pilot program focused on energy, the environment and economic development. The center was established with $3 million, limiting its longevity as well as the scope of what could be achieved but nonetheless received the attention of organizations such as IBM, CARE and the Environmental Defense Fund. The Donation will turn the center into a permanent research center entitled the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, hire new faculty and fund up to 15 sustainability projects a year. The Centers director Frank DiSalvo believes the donation has the potential of making Cornell University a world leader in sustainability research.

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New York State experiences most successful Federal Stimulus quarter to date!

Earlier this week, Governor Paterson announced that New York State has completed the most successful Federal Stimulus quarter in state history.   Over the last quarter, a combined 41,582 jobs have been created in 22 state agencies through funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act(ARRA).

 Notable ARRA programs include:

The ARRA Education programs which has funded 29,5531 teaching/support positions throughout the state.

The Weatherization Assistance Program which has funded 990 jobs in retrofitting low income housing for energy efficiency.

The Community Services Block Grant which has funded 3,727 jobs in employment services.

Highway Infrastructure and Urban Transit which has funded 2,735 construction jobs.

The Child Care and Development Fund which has funded 2,319 jobs in financial services as well as child care improvement.

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Clarkson professor recieves grant to increase the efficiency of biofuel production

In a national effort to increase biofuel production and use, Dr. Sergiy Minko, a professor of chemistry at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY has been awarded $201,000 from the National Science foundation to develop cost reduction technology for the production of such fuels. Dr. Minko will work with two professors from South Dakota, who have been awarded an additional $309,000, to make cellulose enzyme extraction more cost efficient.

The professors have identified the problem to be in discarding the enzymes after use and plan on developing a process to recycle the enzymes for further use. Such a process has the potential to reduce the price of biofuels to a point where they are in direct competition with traditional fossil fuels.

The funding comes from the Obama administration's goal to produce more than 30 billion gallons of biofuels in the next decade.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Syracuse granted federal funding for high speed rail improvements

In preparation for Upstate New York's high speed rail line, which will run from Buffalo to Albany, the Syracuse rail station has been granted $18 million dollars from the federal government to make improvements necessary for the shift. Such improvements include a new low-level/high-level platform, an elevator and a pedestrian bridge at William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center; allowing freight trains to completely bypass the station on separate tracks. Improvements will also be made at the CSX DeWitt yards to reduce passenger/freight train congestion.

The new rail has goals of increasing speeds from 79 mph to 110 mph in the short term and eventually to 150 mph, shaving significant time off of the current route. Upstate New York is one of 11 high speed rail corridors nationwide established by the federal government.

For more information refer to the Post-Standard article at

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

$153 Million allocated for the cleanup of two former GM properties in New York State

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A total of $153 Million dollars has been allocated for the cleanup of two former General Motors properties located in Salina and Massena, NY. The money comes from a monumental $773 million trust fund established by the federal government, Motors Liquidation Company (formerly GM), 14 states and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe for the clean up of 89 former GM properties. The trust fund represents the largest of its kind in the history of The United States.

Massena will receive $120 million, the largest amount allotted to any of the properties, to demolish and remediate the soils beneath the former GM Powertrain plant. Although the money is not expected to bring immediate long term jobs to Massena, it brings much needed hope to a community devastated by last years closing of the plant. Salina will receive $33 million for the cleanup of heavy metals and PCBs left by the Inland Fisher Guide Plant which closed in 1993. The cleanup will include remediation of the surrounding soils as well as Ley Creek which empties into Onondaga Lake.

For more information refer to The Post-Standard's article at

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Solar Ivy

Sustainable Minded Interactive Technology (SMIT), a Brooklyn, NY based sustainable design company has developed Solar Ivy,  a hybrid clean energy system which questions industry norms. The Solar Ivy system is composed of a  8x10 inch "leaf" panels which combine solar photovoltaics and piezoelectrics to harness both sun and wind energy.  The panels also greatly reduce air conditioning demands by providing shade.

Dedicated to environmental sustainability, SMIT uses recycled/reclaimed materials to produce the system which resembles and behaves like natural ivy on a building's wall.

For more information visit

Friday, October 22, 2010

Exciting News from The Syracuse Technology Garden!

I am proud to introduce Haledyne, LLC as the Syracuse Technology Garden's newest tenant. Haledyne is commercializing an airflow device that employs ultraviolet light to destroy bacteria and viruses instead. The device is an incredible breakthrough for hospitals and other health care facilities as current airborne bacteria control methods are extremely energy intensive as they involve the cycling of a large amount of air. The company is working with St. Josephs Hospital in Syracuse to install 12 units in their intensive care unit. At the Tech Garden the company will employ anywhere from 4 to 12 employees but plans to expand to 100 after 5 years in Syracuse.

Haledyne’s technology was borne out of a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) between the company, Harvard, Saint Vincent’s Medical Centers and NYSERDA. The company has since entered into academic research partnerships with Cornell,Syracuse University, Clarkson and SUNY-Fredonia. In order to identify the energy conservation components of their technology while addressing the rising issue of  hospital acquired infections Haledyne has partnered with NYSERDA and the National Grid. Haledyne is also supported by the Department of Defense in a program to create a militarized version to address HAIs domestically and abroad, in FOBs and in bioterrorism.

For more information on Haledene visit

A look at the post E-RIC New York Energy-Innovation Cluster

In August the New York Energy-Innovation Cluster (NYE-RIC) was beat out by the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) in securing $129.7 million from the federally funded Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (E-RIC) grant. The E-RIC grant focused on clean energy growth through the collaboration of regional organizational networks. With upstate New York's strengths in research, development and manufacturing and downstate's access to international markets, investment and media for commercialization, New York was undoubtedly a strong contender.

So, is New York's Energy-Innovation Cluster disintegrating after the loss? Not in the least bit! A recent article in The Site Selection Energy Report shows that New York is moving ahead with great stamina. E-RIC helped establish valuable upstate-downstate relationships between a network of research institutions, local/state agencies and training/business centers which will be vital to the future success of New York's growing Clean Energy Economy. With such networks the City University of New York (CUNY) was recently able to secure $15 million in public funding to design a cutting edge commercialization center.  With unprecedented Clean Tech growth in New York State prior to the upstate-downstate co-operation, New York has a bright, clean future ahead.

To view the article in The Site Selection Energy Report visit

Transmission Developers Incorporated seek support for proposed underwater power line

Transmission Developers Incorporated are trying to rile support for their proposed underwater power line spanning 350 miles from Canada to New York City via Lake Champlain and the Hudson River. The project, entitled Champlain Hudson Power Express, would help New York State meets its renewable energy goals by transmitting 1,000 megawatts of Hydroelectric and Wind energy from Canada to the grid in Westchester County.

Five public hearings have been scheduled by the New York State Public Service Commission, to determine the public level of support. Hearings are set to take place in Yonkers, Kingston, Schenectady, Whitehall and Plattsburgh.

For more information on the project visit
For a schedule of public hearings visit

Advanced Energy Conference to showcase New York's clean energy economy

On November 8-9 those responsible for New York State's success as a national leader in clean technology will take center stage at Stony Brook University's 4th annual Advanced Energy Conference. The conference, which is being held at the Hilton New York in New York City, will feature innovations and success stories from more than 400 clean energy businesses and organizations throughout the State as well as the policies/resources that have made such feats possible. Presentations will be given by clean technology experts on a myriad of topics including: innovation/entrepreneurship, energy storage, pathways towards a low-carbon society, climate change impacts/strategies for adaptation, utility scale geothermal power, advanced lighting systems and green building technology systems.

We are proud to announce that The Clean Tech Center will be showcased at the conference along with NYSERDA's clean energy incubators, so come, introduce yourself and learn about New York's clean energy economy!

For more information visit

Friday, October 15, 2010

Governor David Paterson collaborates with Empire State Development to launch New York First

Governor David Paterson and Empire State Development have announced the launch of new website, New York First, directed towards New York State companies and those interested in relocating. As time is money in the business world, New York First makes it quick and easy to learn about state incentives offered by a wide array of state agencies.  The website also serves as a clearinghouse of Information for businesses interested in relocating to the state. New York first also features an impressive "experts on demand" guarantees the return of any email or phone call by an Empire State Development staff member within 24 hours.

New York First's web address is

New York ranked as the 4th most energy efficient state in the nation

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released its 4th annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard which ranks each state in terms of its energy efficiency policies, programs, transportation policies, building energy codes, combined heat/power and appliance efficiency standards. The top 5 states included California, Massachusetts, Oregon, New York and Vermont.

Despite congresses failure to pass significant energy/climate legislation, the report shows strong evidence that states are taking it upon themselves to become more energy efficient. Such evidence includes a significant increase for energy efficiency in state budgets and the doubling of states that have made significant progress towards adopting or have already adopted energy-saving building codes/ energy efficiency resource standards.

For more information on the report visit

The Empire State Building installs state of the art super-insulating glass units

Serious Materials, a California based company that specializes in re-fabricating glass to make super-insulating glass units (IGU's) was contracted by Johnson Controls to refurbish 6,514 windows of the Empire State Building. Serious Materials set up shop within the iconic building where they fabricated the IGU's using 96% of the already existing glass/frames. The IGU's have four times greater thermal efficiency than the previous dual pane windows and will reduce solar heat gain by 50%. Serious Material's process of re-fabricating windows allows for their products to cost 3.5 times less than new IGU's.

The project is expected to cut the Empire State Building's annual energy costs by $400,000 and is one of many efficiency measures in it's sustainability program. The program has a goal of a 38% decrease in energy consumption by 2025. Such a decrease will save $4.4 million in annual energy costs and 105,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Serious Materials CEO Kevin Surace is originally from Syracuse and studied engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

For more information on Serious Materials visit
For more information on the Empire State Buildings sustainability program visit

Good news for Taylor Biomass Energy's Montgomery Project

Taylor Biomass Energy of Montgomery, New York has received approval for a $100 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy to build one of the nations first commercial scale biomass gasification power plant fueled by municipal solid waste. The plant is planned to be located in Montgomery and is expected to produce 20 MW of energy, enough to power roughly 27,000 homes! The company claims that the project will decrease the emissions of air pollutants, including greenhouse gases by approximately 70 tons, save millions of tons of waste from going into landfills and significantly reduce truck emissions due to a decrease in the transport of waste.

With the companies first project being under construction in Canada, The Montgomery Project is anticipated to be the first of many biomass gasification projects using technology developed by Taylor Biomass Energy throughout the United States.

To learn more about Taylor Biomass Energy and The Montgomery Project visit

Friday, October 8, 2010

ICM Controls receive recognition for the energy efficiency of its North Syracuse facilities

ICM Controls, the international manufacturer of energy efficient electronic controls for the Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning industry, recently received a High-Performance Building Plaque from NYSERDA for the energy efficiency of its new North Syracuse headquarters/manufacturing facility.  The buildings were granted $265,000 in incentives by NYSERDA to feature high-performance windows, lighting systems, an energy efficient heating and cooling system and building envelope insulation. The buildings save ICM Controls 812,000 kilowatt-hours per year, roughly equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 125 single family homes.

ICM Controls is one of twenty-nine plaque recipients in New York State that have constructed buildings designed to perform at least 30% above the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code.

For more information on ICM Controls visit
For information about NYSERDA incentives/awards visit

New York's Great Appliance Swap Out returns!

New York's Great Appliance Swap Out, which was wait-listed in June is back in operation. The Swap Out is a popular appliance rebate program that gives rebates to any citizen replacing their old appliance with a new energy efficient unit. The program, which originated with $16 million in federal-funding, currently has $3,752,775 and will run until funds are exhausted.

Consumers interested in participating in the program should visit  or call 877-NY-SMART immediately after purchasing the product to reserve their rebates, additional paper work is required and must be submitted within 14 days of the reservation.  Further funding is available to those who recycle their outdated appliances.

For more information on The Great Appliance Swap Out, including rebate values visit

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New study shows that New York State is ready for more wind power

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) has recently released a report entitled Growing Wind: NYISO Wind Generation Study, which examines New York's capability to handle an increase from 1,265 to 8,000 megawatts of wind energy by 2018.  The study has found that with investments in transmission upgrades and regulation services New York is capable of addressing any operational requirements associated with the integration of wind generation.

The findings come as good news as NYISO currently has more than 7,000 megawatts of proposed wind projects to be connected to the grid, putting New York State well on track of its 2015 goal of having 30% of electricity supplied by renewable resources.

For more information visit

A roadmap for large scale biomass employment in the Northeast

The Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group has released comprehensive plan entitled Heating the Northeast with Renewable Biomass: A Bold Vision for 2025, which provides a clear path towards the replacement of 25% of the Northeast's non-renewable heating fuels with biomass by the year 2025. With a total consumption rate of 5.5 billion gallons of heating oil a year in the Northeast, a 25% reduction would represent a savings of approximately 1.38 billion gallons of oil. Not only will such a reduction significantly reduce the emissions of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere but will increase energy security and boost the economy of the Northeast by investing billions of dollars domestically.

The Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group, a coalition of biomass thermal advocates in the Northeast is composed of the New York Biomass Energy Alliance, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, the Maine Pellet Fuels Association, the Alliance for Green Heat and the Pellet Fuels Institute.

For more information visit

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Central New York Green Infrastructure Symposium

The 2010 Central New York Green Infrastructure Symposium will be held November 17th and 18th at the Crowne Plaza in Syracuse, New York. The Symposium is hosted by SUNY ESF and the Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University and will feature presentations on the future of green infrastructure in the region, panel discussions on strategically advancing green infrastructure and field trips to local green infrastructure projects.

Abstracts for oral research presentations on topics including: stormwater management and BMPs, vegetated roofs, bioswales, rain gardens, planter boxes, pervious pavement, stormwater quality, gray vs. green infrastructure, health effects, plant selections for site development, human and behavioral dimensions, financial feasibility and climate change mitigation will be accepted until October 15th.

For more information visit or contact Virginia Williams at

Friday, October 1, 2010

Just how much is the federal government investing in New York State's clean energy economy?

The Department of Energy recently released a memo outlining clean energy investments in New York State under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As of June 1st, the federal government has invested $1.7 billion in New York State. These investments fit into 7 broad categories: energy efficiency, renewable energy, grid modernization, transportation, carbon capture and storage, environmental cleanup and science/innovation.

President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is unprecedented as it has already invested a nationwide total of $90 billion for clean energy projects, which the government expects to create a national total of 800,000 jobs by 2012.

For more information visit or download a copy of the report at

Thursday, September 30, 2010

US Representative Maurice Hinchey secures $10.5 million for research at Binghamton University

United States Representative Maurice Hinchey has secured $10.5 million from the house of Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense to fund research at the Center for Autonomous Solar Power and the Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center at Binghamton University. The research conducted with the money will include circuitry miniaturization, software development, display systems and the development of constant solar power sources from flexible solar cells and super-capacitors.

The funding comes only a month after Representative Hinchey announced the securement of $9 million to fund energy-efficiency research for the US Defense Department.  The money will do a great deal for job creation at the University, bolstering both the local and state economies.

The funding still needs approval by the full House Appropriations Committee, the full House of Representatives and the Senate but Hinchey has expressed full confidence of approval.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Two new landmarks for Geneva, New York

The Geneva, New York company Zotos International Inc. which specializes in the production of hair-care/personal-styling products broke ground yesterday on what they claim to be the largest on-site wind energy project by any manufacturer in the United States. The project will include the installation of two 1,650 Kilowatt turbines that will tower 350 feet above the city of Geneva.  The Turbines are expected to provide Zotos International's Geneva plant with 70% of their total energy demand. 5% of energy production will be donated to Geneva and is expected to be enough to power the city's streetlights.

Zotos International Inc. is owned by the large Japanese cosmetic company Shiseido Americas Corp. After receiving $2.1 Million in federal stimulus money the company paid $4.9 Million for the project, an investment they expect to see a return on in less than 5 years. The company is currently looking for other clean energy options such as solar and geothermal to become 100% carbon neutral by 2011.

For more information on the project see The Post-Standard article at or read about the companies environmental commitment at

Friday, September 24, 2010

$20 million allocated to Great Lakes restoration projects in New York State

As the nation's largest source of fresh surface water, the health of the Great Lakes has become a priority for the Obama administration. President Obama has created the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative which provides $475 million in funding to combat invasive species, non-point source pollution and contaminated sediment.

The initiative has recently allocated $20 million to projects within New York State.  Seventeen organizations ranging from colleges/universities, non-profits, state/local agencies and tribes will receive the federal funding.

Three such recipients are:

  • The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has received $315,225 for their "Be Green in the Great Lakes" project. The project will educate homeowners and land care providers about organic practices to reduce water use and avoid environmentally degrading synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. 
  • The Buffalo Niagra Riverkeeper has been awarded $657,245 to design, implement and monitor a restoration project along the Buffalo River. The project will take place at the Riverbend site and is set to include river bank enhancement and floodplain habitat restoration.
  • The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has been awarded a total of $1,952,522 to undertake two projects. The first will focus on restrictions on fish/wildlife consumption and population/habitat degradation along the St. Lawrence River in Massena, NY. The second project will focus on the restoration of Lake Sturgeon along the same section of the St. Lawrence. 

For more information on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and a full list of New York Projects visit

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Report finds New York is # 6 among top ten states for energy efficiency

In the report released today, the Center for American Progress and Energy Resource Management looked at state regulations and incentives for energy efficiency that are working today in leading states to accelerate demand for energy efficiency services, businesses, and ultimately jobs.  "As this market rapidly grows in coming years, states that have put in place strong policies for energy efficiency will be best positioned to capture these new employment opportunities for construction workers in clean energy," according to CAP.

New York State scored highly -- #6 among the top ten states, in the findings.

"Choices in policy can have a tremendous impact on setting the market conditions that entice private sector investment and put skilled construction workers back on the job. This paper identifies ten policies that are effectively used in states and can have an especially large impact in shaping the market for energy efficiency. Using a state-by-state analysis of existing policies (including both regulations and investment incentives), as well as market conditions (including energy prices and building stock), the Center for American Progress and Energy Resource Management identified the leading states where smart policies are poised to set the stage for clean energy jobs and the homegrown businesses that will serve this new demand."

Bottom line finding:  "The key driver of these markets for efficiency is the presence of policies and market prices that allow businesses to profitably recover the cost of their investments in productive, innovative, and cost-effective energy efficiency measures."

Read more from the Center for American Progress at:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fall is still green in Upstate NY: green events line-up

It's still green this fall in Upstate New York ... come visit and enjoy a broad variety of green events ...

Ithaca: Ithaca College Sustainability Leadership, September 8-21, 2010.  Sustainability Leadership - Seminars in the Professional Certificate Program.  Registration:

Syracuse: SUNY ESF Outreach, September 13 – 16, 2010.  Photovoltaic Installer and Maintenance Training -- Solar Power as Renewable Energy (SPARE).  Board-recognized by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).  NOTE: Beginning June 30, 2011 NYSERDA will be requiring all PV installers in New York State to be NABCEP Certified.  Info:

Ithaca: September 17, 2010, 8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Ithaca College, Campus Center, Emerson Suites.  The Clean Energy Summit: Re-Imagining Upstate New York’s Energy Future.  Closing Keynote: The Honorable Maurice Hinchey, U.S. Representative, 22nd District of NY.  Pre-registration required.  Register Online:  Questions or interested in tabling: Marian Brown, 607-274-3787 or

Syracuse: State University of New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestry.  September 21-October 28, 2010, SUNY ESF Campus. Leading Sustainability in Public, Private and Nonprofit Organizations.  More Information:

Buffalo: Daemen College, September 25, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  6th Annual WNY Environmental Summit, Free & Open to the Public.  Call for Exhibitors. Information: Brenda Young,

Syracuse: Syracuse Center of Excellence, September 27-28, 2010.  The 10th Annual Symposium on Environmental & Energy Systems:  Restoring Sustainable, Healthy Communities.  Information:

Buffalo: North American Association for Environmental Education.  September 28 – October 2, 2010, Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.  7th Annual Research Symposium and 39th NAAEE Annual Conference.  Environmental Education: Building Connections-Bridging Gaps.  Information:

Syracuse:  The Tech Garden/The Clean Tech Center, Small Business Administration, WISE, FOCUS Greater Syracuse and SUNY OCC.  September 30, 2010, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  The Power of Green: Featuring Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, St. Joseph Hospital CEO-elect Kathy Ruscitto on major green sustainability projects, with innovative networking for green entrepreneurs. $20 per person. Advance reservations are required. Register on-line at:  For more information: (315) 474-0910

Syracuse: SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, October 17-19, 2010. Syracuse University Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.  8th Biennial Short Rotation Woody Crops, Operations Working Group Conference.  More Information:

Syracuse: SUNY ESF and the Sustainable Enterprise Partnership (SEP), November 3 & 4, 2010.  SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry -- SURE Program.  Sustainable Use of Renewable Energy: Renewable Technologies and Carbon Cycling.  November 3: Renewable Energy 101.  November 4: Renewable Technologies and Carbon Cycling.  Information:

Syracuse: SUNY ESF Outreach, November 18, 2010, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  SUNY ESF Campus, Baker Lab, Rm 408.  Green Infrastructure Symposium 2010: Growing Green Infrastructure in Central New York.  Info:

Call for Abstracts – Deadline October 15. 
Syracuse: SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, March 24-25, 2011.  Doubletree Hotel. 9th Annual Green Building Conference -- Keynote Speaker: James Howard Kunstler, Urban Planning Expert, Social Critic, Author, Journalist.  More Information:

GreeningUSA's 12 Traits© Community Rating System Beta Test -- last chance to sign up!

GreeningUSA's 12 Traits© Community Rating System Beta Test Self Assessment Manual and Public Comment Period is coming to a close, but there is still time to get in.  The 12 Traits© is a comprehensive system to determine the overall sustainability of an existing city, town, village or county. It is the most comprehensive rating system developed for communities to measure their successes, and to make sense of how to prioritize future initiatives in their move to become truly sustainable.

The City of Syracuse has signed on as the first beta tester, and the organization is currently seeking other communities, organizations and individuals to become involved in one of three ways:

1. Public Comment Period – is open until September 30, 2010. Read and review the 12 Traits© Self-Assessment manual and give us your constructive feedback.
2. Community Beta Testers - are being sought to complete the self-assessment by the end of this year.
3. Expert Virtual Committees – are being formed by those with specific expertise in any of the 12 Traits.

To download a copy of the 12 Traits© Self-Assessment Manual, please visit the GreeningUSA web site at   To become a Community Beta Tester or to volunteer to serve on an Expert Virtual Committee, please email the 12 Traits© Program Manager, Peter Arsenault, at

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Renewable Technologies and Carbon Cycling: Fueling the Debate

November 3-4, 2010, Syracuse, NY

Many researchers and scientists have projected that we will double our carbon emissions worldwide by 2050. The negative effects this will have on our environment have raised significant concerns in the public and private sector in response to carbon emissions and climate change, coupled with fossil fuels and renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar. These following points “fuel” the debate:
  • Not all renewable energy sources (e.g. wind vs. biomass) displace the same fossil fuels in regards to CO2 emissions. 
  • Not all fossil fuels produce the same level of pollution (coal power plants produce more CO2 than natural gas.)

Join SUNY ESF and its partners on Thursday, November 4th for presentations and debate about carbon cycling and renewable technologies from a production, policy and viability perspective. Participants are also invited to come the prior evening, November 3rd, for panel discussions at the SU Whitman School of Management on renewable technologies.

$25.00 registration fee includes both days and breakfast and lunch on Thursday.

The program is sponsored by The Sustainable Enterprise Project (SEP), a collaborative group led by SUNY-ESF, the Whitman School of Management (SU), and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Innovations. The SURE program is supported, in part, by a NYS Department of Labor grant in partnership with CNY Works.

Registration is now open at

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Two universities in New York State receive funding for research in carbon capture/storage

Cornell University and the University of Buffalo have been awarded $1.3 million from the Department of Energy, as well as $250,000 from NYSERDA to study the potential of sequestering greenhouse gas emissions from power plants in underground eastern shale formations. The funding comes as part of a federal initiative to develop technologies for the safe/economical storage of Carbon Dioxide in rock formations. The project was among 14 others nationwide, selected by the federal government to assure our position as a world leader in carbon capture and storage technologies.

For more information see the NYSERDA press release at

Monday, August 16, 2010

New map of NYC to provide essential solar/flood data

A low flying plane equipped with light detection and ranging laser technology has recently made several late night passes over New York City in an effort to create the most detailed map of the city in history. The map is part of Mayor Bloomberg's environmental agenda, PlaNYC and will be used to locate areas that are most prone to coastal flooding, an increasing risk as sea levels rise. In addition, the map will be used to identify buildings best suited for solar photovoltaic panels and neighborhoods in desperate need of trees.  The new map will replace the current flood-plain map which was created in the 1980's and is severely outdated.

The new map will be instrumental in assessing New York City's potential for solar power and will allow for New Yorkers to access solar data for the buildings in which they live and work.

See the New York Times article "With Lasers and Flyovers, a Solar Map of New York" at for more information.

For more information about PlaNYC visit