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Friday, June 25, 2010

NY delegation joins to support federal energy hub application to create national center for building energy sustainability systems

Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand joined with Congressman Daniel B. Maffei to support a New York State proposal for a New York Energy Regional Innovation Cluster (NYE-RIC) -- a $130 million federal interagency grant opportunity through the Department of Energy, Economic Development Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Small Business Administration

"The NYE-RIC proposal is an unprecedented collaboration between the substantial assets of New York State in research, manufacturing, finance, policy, and media to dramatically accelerate the pace of development and deployment of energy efficient technology," they said.

The proposal would create a Building Energy Sustainability Systems Laboratory (BESSL) as a collaboration between Syracuse University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Columbia University, New York University, the City University of New York (CUNY), Cornell University, Clarkson University, Pace University, Stony Brook University, the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Research Foundation of the State University of New York.  Co-applicants include CUNY’s Sustainable Works, NYSTAR and The New York State Small Business Development Center.  The consortium also includes business and industry partners through the leadership efforts of CenterState CEO and the Partnership for New York City.

Only one federal award will be made for designation of a national center.  The decision is expected in late summer or early fall.