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New York Awards $1.2 Million to Biomass and Wind Energy Projects
New York Governor George E. Pataki announced on October 4th that the state is awarding $1.2 million to seven renewable energy projects. Most of the funds will go toward six projects to assess potential wind power development throughout the state: in Lackawanna, near the Lake Erie shore just south of Buffalo; in Batavia, midway between Buffalo and Rochester; in Cold Spring, due west of Salamanca, which is about 60 miles south of Buffalo; in the town of Warren in Herkimer County, near the Adirondack Mountains; in Clinton, Fulton, and Saratoga Counties, near Adirondack Park; and in Liberty, near the Catskill Mountains. The seventh project will investigate a commercial-scale biomass gasification plant fueled by local renewable fuels and producing both heat and power. See the governor's press release.
The governor announced the awards at the Ninth Annual National Green Power Marketing Conference, held in early October in Albany. Video of the governor's announcement and other presentations from the conference are available online from NewYorkAdmin.com, which also offers Webcasts of the state's Public Service Commission meetings.
Governor Pataki also signed a law in mid-September that allows owners of small wind turbines to connect the electrical grid and sell power back to the utility through a process known as "net metering." The bill applies to residential wind turbines up to 25 kilowatts in generating capacity, and farm-based wind turbines able to generate up to 125 kilowatts. See the bill, S. 4890.