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2/6/2014 4:34:46 PM

RG&E to Provide up to $250,000 for Cutting-Edge Energy Infrastructure Upgrades to CNSE's STC in Canandaigua

Funding supports recent capital investment and job creation announcements by
Dynamax Imaging and Xerox and enables future high-tech growth at CNSE’s STC site

Canandaigua, NY – As a further testament to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s strategy for fostering high-tech partnerships that bolster and expand New York State’s burgeoning innovation economy, the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center (CNSE’s STC) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, announced that the energy services and delivery company will provide up to $250,000 in funding for the purchase and installation of three state-of-the-art electrical transformers, two site-wide advanced energy studies, and the implementation of the studies’ findings to meet the complex energy needs of a growing list of companies at the facility.

“This is yet another partnership highlighting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s successful public-private model for economic growth, and this investment by Rochester Gas and Electric is just the latest example of how New York State’s business ecosystem facilitates unmatched growth potential through business, academia, and government collaboration,” said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with Rochester Gas and Electric to provide CNSE’s STC and its tenant firms with access to the robust electricity distribution infrastructure that is critical for fabricating some of the most advanced next-generation technologies. This funding makes the site even more highly prized for innovative companies looking to leverage all that New York State’s high-tech corridor has to offer.”

“Successful economic development requires strong partnerships,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “The CNSE story is a great example of how RG&E partners with many organizations to strengthen our economy and communities. NYSEG and RG&E’s economic development programs encourage new capital investment, create and retain jobs, and, in this case, support significant high-tech manufacturing in the region. These benefits are the core reasons why we invest in economic development.”

“We are excited about this most generous support from Rochester Gas and Electric which complements the targeted investments by Governor Andrew Cuomo that are catalyzing economic growth and the creation of hundreds of new jobs in the Rochester region and at CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center,” said Paul Tolley, CNSE Vice President for Disruptive Technologies and Executive Director of CNSE’s STC. “CNSE’s STC will now be able to have and supply its tenant companies with the most reliable and steady power source they require while becoming even more environmentally friendly through the implementation of the recommendations that will be identified through the energy study component of this partnership. We look forward to leveraging these crucial improvements to enable future opportunities with other leading companies seeking to join CNSE STC’s unparalleled research and development ecosystem.”

In support of CNSE STC’s world-class capabilities, RG&E will provide grant assistance to help offset the costs to purchase and install three leading-edge electrical transformers that will condition the building’s electricity, enabling CNSE’s STC and its partner companies to minimize voltage fluctuations which could affect products that are in-process in some of the most advanced semiconductor equipment in the world.

An initial study of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning improvements was collaboratively undertaken by CNSE STC, RG&E, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). CNSE STC and RG&E will continue to work with the NYSERDA on a potential study of the advanced 130,000 square-foot facility with the goal of maximizing energy efficiency of office, cleanroom, warehousing, and high-bay lighting systems, and implementing energy efficiency solutions based on the study’s findings.

John B. Rhodes, NYSERDA President and CEO, said, “As the state continues to expand its clean-energy economy, this project highlights the success that is occurring through the public-private partnerships envisioned by Governor Cuomo. New York is able to attract high-tech companies like those at CNSE’s STC through such partnerships that assist companies in reducing their operating costs and energy use.”

RG&E’s energy infrastructure investment collaboration with CNSE’s STC also builds upon Xerox’s recently announced insourcing of manufacturing from China and the creation and retention of up to 100 high-tech jobs at CNSE’s STC campus. As part of the plan, Xerox will install new equipment for use in the manufacture of advanced document scanning technologies, leading to a projected annual increase in electricity usage at the facility of 300,000 kilowatt hours per year, approximately 140 kilowatts in additional load per hour.

In addition, Dynamax Imaging recently announced plans to add 30 to 50 high-tech positions at the Canandaigua site in 2014 as the company “reshores” existing overseas operations by leveraging access to CNSE STC’s unrivalled infrastructure supporting nanotechnology research, development, and commercialization. Previously, in March, Dynamax Imaging announced plans to install over $3 million in high-tech equipment that will further benefit from the energy infrastructure upgrades at CNSE’s STC facility.

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About SUNY CNSE. The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the world leader in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, with more than $20 billion in high-tech investments and over 300 corporate partners. The 1.3 million-square-foot Albany NanoTech megaplex is home to more than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty. CNSE maintains a statewide footprint, operating the Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI) at Kiernan Plaza in Albany, the Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, the Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility in Rochester, and the Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua. CNSE co-founded and manages the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT, and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site in Utica, as well as the Riverbend Green Energy Hub, High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub, and Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub, all in Buffalo. For information, visit www.sunycnse.com.

About CNSE’s STC. The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center (STC) assists small and large companies in transitioning new technologies from concept to manufacturing. STC maintains a 140,000-square-foot facility with over 25,000 square feet of cleanrooms for micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication and packaging and works with large and medium-sized companies to help them bring new technologies to market; with small companies ready to transition from prototype and low-volume manufacturing to scalable manufacturing; and as a “Trusted Foundry” with various federal agencies to develop technology solutions to areas of critical national need, including smart prosthetics and improvised explosive device (IED) detection. For more information, visit www.stcmems.com.

About Rochester Gas and Electric. RG&E, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, serves 368,000 electricity customers and 305,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees, and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company. For more information, visit www.rge.com and www.iberdrolausa.com.

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Media Contact:

Jerry Gretzinger, CNSE VP of Strategic Communications and Public Relations
(518) 956-7359 | ggretzinger@albany.edu