Cuomo Announces $191 Million in Project Awards to Increase Renewable Energy in State

June 2, 2011 Updated Jun 2, 2011 at 4:07 PM EDT

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Cuomo Announces $191 Million in Project Awards to Increase Renewable Energy in State

June 2, 2011 Updated Jun 2, 2011 at 4:07 PM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday announced that the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the Public Service Commission have awarded $191 million to 17 power projects across the state that will produce and deliver renewable electricity to New Yorkers.

In addition to producing clean, renewable energy, NYSERDA estimates that these power projects will produce nearly $500 million in economic benefits over the expected 20-year life of the facilities. The projects will be funded through the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard, which is tasked with obtaining at least 30 percent of New York's electricity come from renewable sources by 2015.

The projects competitively selected include four wind projects, four hydroelectric projects, seven landfill gas-to-electricity projects, and two anaerobic digester projects located at dairy farms. Once operational, the 17 projects will add 315 megawatts of renewable capacity to New York's generator resource base and produce about 1 million megawatt-hours per year of clean renewable energy. That's enough clean energy to supply approximately 145,000 homes per year.

"For New York to lead the way in innovation and technology, we must provide the resources and support necessary to enhance clean energy projects today," Cuomo said. "New York has one of the most ambitious and responsible renewable energy targets in the nation: 30 percent by 2015. These projects represent the future of energy in New York State and will result in a grid that is efficient, affordable, clean and reliable for generations to come. I congratulate the recipients of these awards and thank NYSERDA and the PSC for administering this important program."

Wind projects selected in this solicitation include:

• Howard Wind Farm, Canisteo, Steuben County

• Stony Creek Wind Farm, Wyoming, Wyoming County

• Allegany Wind Farm, Great Valley, Cattaraugus County

• Marble River Wind Farm, Churubusco, Clinton County

Hydroelectric projects include:

• An expansion at the Stewarts Bridge facility, Corinth, Saratoga County

• Three repowered hydro facilities – Wave Hydro, Baldwinsville, Onondaga County; Wiscoy, Allegany County; and Black Brook, Fillmore, Clinton County

Landfill gas-to-electricity projects include:

• Albany 2 project, Colonie, Albany County

• Hyland, Angelica, Allegany County

• DANC, Rodman, Jefferson County

• Chautauqua, Jamestown, Chautauqua County

• Modern, Youngstown, Niagara County

• Ontario, Stanley, Ontario County

• Seneca, Seneca Falls, Seneca County

Anaerobic digester projects include:

• Bergen Farms, Odessa, Schuyler County

• Windsor Acres, LLC, Harpursville, Broome County

Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA said, "The RPS has been instrumental in attracting private investment in renewable energy and supporting the state's clean energy agenda. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's commitment to clean-energy investment, we will help create jobs, improve our environment and strengthen our energy security in New York."

Garry Brown, Chairman of the PSC said, "The generation of electricity from renewable sources increases energy diversity and promotes a better environment for us all. Renewable energy, along with our energy efficiency efforts, provides our best hope toward ending dependency on fossil fuels, improving regional economies, and reducing harmful emissions."