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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2009

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $697,000 IN DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FUNDING FOR ENERGY PROJECTS IN SCHENECTADY COUNTY


Funding to Support Wind Turbines at Niskayuna General Electric Plant

Schumer: Funding a Win-Win for Upstate New Yorkers that Will Create Jobs While Reducing Reliance on Foreign Fossil Fuel

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that General Electric’s Global R&D Center in Niskayuna has been selected to receive $697,769 in federal funding from the Department of Energy (DOE). The funding will be used for Wind Turbine Manufacturing Process Monitoring. The plant was one of 28 nationwide to receive funding for projects that will help address difficulties in the energy market and support wind energy research, wind turbine and analysis, planning, and facility assessments.

“This project is a win-win for upstate New York,” said Schumer. “Not only will this funding help keep New York a leader in the clean energy movement, but it will create much-needed jobs across the state.  I will continue to fight for funding to support research and development of renewable energy sources to keep New York facilities at the forefront of clean energy technology.”

According to the DOE’s Annual Report on U.S. Wind Power Installation, Cost, and Performance Trends, American wind power capacity increased by 8,558 megawatts (MW) in 2008. The $16 billion invested in wind projects over the year made the U.S. the fastest-growing wind power market in the world for the fourth consecutive year. Wind power amounted to 42% of all new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2008; for the fourth consecutive year, wind power was the second-largest new resource added to the U.S. electrical grid in nameplate capacity. 

To continue our nation’s efforts to support Wind Turbine Research and Testing, the DOE announced the selection of 28 new wind energy projects for up to $13.8 million in funding – including $12.8 million in Recovery Act funds. The GE’s Global R&D Center in Niskayuna will receive $697,769 through the grants.

The Niskayuna GE facility serves as the global research and development headquarters for the company. With more than 1,900 people at the 525-acre campus, virtually every scientific and technical discipline is represented. The facility is in the final stages of a $100 million renovation that has added a new building wing to house emerging nanotechnology and biosciences programs as well as state-of-the-art wet labs. The DOE funding will specifically focus on wind turbine manufacturing process monitoring.  

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