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May 11, 2009

Farmingdale State College And LIPA Partner To Create First ""Energy Smart Campus"" For Long Island

Governor Paterson and Congressman Israel Propose "Smart Energy Corridor" -
Bold Energy Initiatives Will Help Put People to Work by Creating Clean Energy Jobs

Farmingdale State College has teamed with LIPA to create Long Island's first "Smart Energy Campus." Under the partnership, LIPA will work with Farmingdale State College to expand the college's solar center to become a Renewable and Sustainable Resource Center for demonstration of customer-owned renewable resources such as wind and solar. The College will also utilize the renewable energy center to expand certificate training programs for renewable resources for green technology entrepreneurs and industry workforce.

Additionally, Governor David A. Paterson and Congressman Steve Israel today announced that the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), along with Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College, have proposed the creation of Long Island's first integrated Smart Energy Corridor. The initiative would assist residential, commercial and industrial LIPA customers in monitoring and reducing energy usage, increase reliability, encourage energy efficiency by facilitating smarter technologies, and create clean energy jobs.

Both initiatives will also create clean energy jobs, include a plan to develop and train future clean energy workers, and continue the State's leadership in energy efficiency and renewable technologies. LIPA will seek funding for the Smart Energy Corridor under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Dr. W. Hubert Keen, President of Farmingdale State College, said:
"Farmingdale State College has a long, rich legacy in both energy efficiency and workforce development. As SUNY's largest college of applied science and technology and one of the key academic institutions in the region, we look forward to being a part of this important initiative. Governor Paterson and Congressman Israel have shown great leadership on this important issue."

LIPA President and CEO Kevin S. Law said: "Today's announcement reinforces LIPA's commitment to building a smart grid which encompasses ongoing LIPA projects, including a smart metering initiative in Hauppauge and Bethpage, a 50MW solar program that will be integrated onto the LIPA grid, and LIPA- incentivized programs for customer-owned renewable programs such as solar, wind, and geothermal."

"We need to be smarter about the way we use energy, both as individuals and as a State. Programs like these can help New York achieve its goal of meeting 45 percent of its energy needs through efficiency and renewable sources by 2015, and help put people back to work," said Governor Paterson. "The clean energy economy that we are developing here in New York will create jobs and bolster Long Island's workforce.
Building a stronger and smarter grid will also help us reduce energy consumption and energy costs."

Congressman Steve Israel said: "Our nation's electricity grid is outdated and in need of an upgrade. With the work of LIPA, our State government, and Stony Brook and Farmingdale Universities, and investment from the federal government, that upgrade can start right here on Long Island. The 'Smart Energy Corridor' is a game-changing proposal that will continue the evolution of the Route 110 Corridor, and make the Corridor a prototype for the deployment of the latest energy technologies. The federal government recently committed $4.5 billion to the deployment of Smart Grid technology. This project is exactly what we should be investing in. I look forward to working with Governor Paterson, LIPA CEO Kevin Law, Dr. Keen and Dr. Strum Kenny on this innovative plan."

The Smart Energy Corridor would run along the 110 Corridor, the Long Island business community's "Main Street," from Route 109 in Babylon to the Long Island Expressway in Huntington. The initiative would focus all of Long Island's key energy related technology resources into advancing the development and implementation of a "Smart Grid."

The electric grid provides the conduit to transport electricity from the generation source to the end user. Currently, the grid is structured such that electricity flows from centralized power plants to local sub-stations via the grid's transmission system and then from those sub-stations through the grid's distribution system to the end user when it is demanded. This structure, however, does not readily allow for the increased penetration of distributed generation that is located closer to where it is used, renewables that are often intermittent in nature, residential generation systems such as solar electric, energy storage systems, or electric and hybrid electric vehicles, all of which have the potential to green the grid. These clean energy technologies require an upgrade of the electric grid to a "Smart Grid" that allows for increased communication, control, monitoring and diagnostic capabilities.

In addition to creating badly needed clean energy jobs, the goal of the "Smart Energy Corridor" is to elevate Long Island's energy infrastructure to a level that will accommodate 21st Century energy technology, with specific goals that include:

  • Deploying smart grid technology along the Route 110 Corridor to enhance the operational intelligence and connectivity.
  •  Utilizing Long Island's energy technology development resources to create new technologies and new businesses.
  •  Utilizing Long Island's energy education capabilities to develop and train workers for clean energy jobs.

Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, who also chairs the Route 110 Partnership, said: "Just as we are committed to the continued development of the Route 110 Corridor as Long Island's Main Street, the Town of Huntington is also committed to making it a Smart Corridor.
Initiatives such as this one combine the equally important objectives of economic development and sustainability. I commend Governor Paterson, Congressman Israel and Kevin Law at LIPA for this innovative effort."