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Cahill Praises Energy Goals in "The Power of SUNY" Strategic Plan
Proposal aligns with state efforts to build new energy economy

Albany - Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) lauded the "Power of SUNY" strategic plan, which builds on state's comprehensive energy plan passed in 2009 and other efforts he has been advancing since becoming Chair of the Assembly Energy Committee. The SUNY initiative sets aggressive goals for efficiency and conservation, promotes the development of renewable and energy efficiency technologies through university-industry partnerships and provides for an academic emphasis aimed at creating a competitive workforce ready to grow New York's 21st Century energy economy.

"The race to develop and deploy clean energy solutions is going to define the 21st Century global economy. In New York, like so many times in the past, we have the ability to drive innovation and create the new energy economy starting right here at home," said Assemblymember Cahill. "SUNY has long played a crucial role in our state's success. I am pleased that Chancellor Zimpher has embraced a vision of energy independence and I look forward to partnering with her in establishing the policies that will allow our institutions to thrive in their new endeavors."

Assemblymember Cahill has worked to pass several new laws and promote initiatives that will facilitate SUNY investments in energy efficiency and renewable power. Building upon the 2008 expansion of the State's net-metering laws - provisions that allow utility customers with renewable energy systems to sell excess power back to the grid - the Governor recently signed Assemblymember Cahill's bill (
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