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Cornell University Will Use Grant To Develop Alternative Energy Sources And Enhance Rural Energy Production


U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1 million in federal funding for Cornell University in Ithaca. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in honor of the Third Annual National Biology Day. The grant will be used by Cornell researchers to study the plants and techniques needed to enhance clean alternative energy production, particularly in rural communities.

“This grant will allow researchers at Cornell University to study ways to further develop critical alternative energy sources,” said Senator Schumer. “Cornell is home to some of the best and brightest researchers and scientists in the nation, and this investment will ensure they have the top-notch resources they need to find ways to enhance clean energy production around New York State and the entire country.”

“Cornell University is one the leading research institutions in alternative energy sources,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This grant through the Department of Agriculture and Department of Energy will provide additional resources for scientists and researchers working to develop the next generation of energy technology. I will continue to fight for funding which helps lead the way towards a green energy future for our country.”    

The grant is part of the Obama Administration’s $5 million investment in funding clean energy exploration at universities and research institutions around the country. The announcement comes as the country celebrates the Third Annual National Biology Day, which shines a spotlight on bioenergy facilities that seek to research, develop, and produce new energy sources and diversify the country’s energy portfolio.