January 23, 2007

SUNY-Cobleskill To Get $1M Check For Energy Project

By: by The Business Review


U.S. Rep. Michael McNulty will be in Cobleskill, N.Y., Tuesday to present a $1 million check to the State University of New York at Cobleskill for a bio-waste to bio-energy project.

The money was included in an appropriations bill that Congress approved last week. U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sponsored the measure in the Senate.

Cobleskill and the New York Power Authority have been exploring for years the feasibility of developing an on-campus facility that would use the process known as "gasification." It turns organic wastes into clean energy such as electricity and liquid fuel.

"The project may result in a unique method of producing clean renewable energy, which puts both the congressman and the senator on the front end of helping meet the energy needs of the future," said Anne Myers, SUNY-Cobleskill provost. "At the same time, it will provide the military, the agricultural community and municipalities with a value-added product from their waste streams."

The money for Cobleskill was contained in a defense appropriation. Sponsors said much of the waste generated at military installations is organic and holds the potential of being converted into cleaner energy that can be used to help power the installations themselves.