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Friday, October 28, 2011

The GE Wind Technology Lab Opens at HVCC

The Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART (Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies) campus in Malta, New York has opened the General Electric Wind Technology Lab.

Established by GE Energy Renewables Wind Field Operations, the GE Wind Technology Lab features two miniature GE wind turbines, and provides students with an opportunity to obtain hands-on wind technician training. Although the lab is primarily used by Hudson Valley Community College students enrolled in the Wind Technician Certificate Program, High School students from the area have the opportunity to take classes at the Lab.

With advances in wind technology, and ever-increasing popularity of the energy source the demand for wind technicians is steadily growing. Wind technician jobs are estimated to increase by 100,000 over the next decade and the GE Wind Technology Lab provides students the training necessary to be successful.

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The New York State Public Service Commission provides $469 Million for advances in energy technology

The New York State Public Service Commission has approved a 5-year program that will provide the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with $469 million to implement a suite of energy related technology and market development programs. With an annual budget of $93.8 million over the next 5 years, the funding will allow NYSERDA to accelerate energy innovation, promote the clean energy economy and incorporate more rigorous energy-use standards in codes and industry best practices.

The suite will focus on eight initiatives grouped within three categories: power supply and delivery, building systems and clean energy infrastructure. NYSERDA will give highest priority to initiatives with the potential to reduce energy use/demand, increase reliability and safety, moderate wholesale prices, mitigate delivery cost increases, or diversify energy resources.

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