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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

NY Governor Paterson
Helps NY Create Jobs
While Protecting the Enviornment
$276.5 Million Investment to Spur Clean Energy Job
Creation in New YorkFour Clean-Energy Business
"Incubators" to be Established in Brooklyn,
Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse
Governor David A. Paterson today announced a series of initiatives to spur job growth throughout New York State. In advance of Earth Day, the Governor’s initiatives are designed to accelerate economic growth and create clean-energy jobs, while enhancing New York’s renewable and energy efficiency programs. Over a quarter of a billion dollars will be invested to reverse the pattern of ever-increasing energy consumption in New York State. Separately, four small-business “incubators” in New York will begin to provide specialized support for the development of early stage clean-energy technology companies and expand the State’s workforce.The New York State Department of Public Service announced that New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) would begin implementing $276.5 million in new and expanded electric energy efficiency programs through 2011. This funding will build on NYSERDA’s existing energy efficiency funding commitment of $175 million a year through 2011, and will help reduce New York’s energy consumption. Additionally, NYSERDA announced that The University at Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, The Tech Garden in Syracuse and Polytechnic Institute of New York University in Brooklyn have each been selected to receive up to $1.5 million to establish and operate clean-energy incubators.
As part of New York’s commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Governor Paterson continues to demonstrate a clear commitment to clean air, clean water, healthy communities, fighting climate change, and promoting renewable energy policies. He is a vocal advocate for clean water investments and “greening” State government. The Governor’s specific achievements include New York’s historic participation and leadership role in addressing global warming with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and accomplishing what previous Governors could not by getting the Legislature to finally pass the Bigger, Better, Bottle Bill. By adopting an ambitious but achievable 45 by 15 clean energy goal (45 percent of New York's electricity from renewables and efficiency by 2015), Governor Paterson has set New York on a path to become the global leader in the clean energy economy, creating green jobs, boosting the economy and protecting the environment.