This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

September 03, 2003

New York Provides $14.5 Million for Clean Energy Projects

New York Governor George E. Pataki announced in late July the award of $14.5 million to support 36 distributed generation and combined heat and power (CHP) projects. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) selected the projects, which total $90.5 million in investments when all funding sources are included. The projects include a 200-kilowatt natural gas-powered fuel cell at the Old Lion House in the Bronx Zoo, a new CHP system at New York University, and five Plug Power fuel cell installations. Among the other technologies included in the awards are a flywheel energy storage system, biomass- and biogas-fueled engines, microturbines, a hydropower system, a tidal power system, and a variety of fuel cell technologies. See the governor's press release.

In early August, NYSERDA added to its support for CHP by providing $352,000 to the historic Chautauqua Institution. The first phase of the project involves installing one microturbine at the institution and using its exhaust heat to heat and cool several campus buildings. In addition, the institution has elected to become an Energy Target Zone, which will allow it to receive enhanced energy-efficiency services and training from NYSERDA for its campus, private residences, and local community. See the NYSERDA press release.

The Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 783-acre educational and arts center beside Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State. About 7,500 people live on campus during its nine-week season, during which more than 170,000 people attend public events. The Institution was founded in 1874 as an educational experiment. See the Chautauqua Institution Web site.