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Congressman Paul D. Tonko expressed his appreciation for the allocation of $22,899,840 to the GE Vernova Advanced Research Center in Niskayuna, NY, supporting clean energy R&D, especially in wind energy. The funding, from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, covers four GE Vernova projects. Tonko played a role in advancing this substantial funding.
“Harnessing wind power is essential in our effort to combat climate change,” Congressman Tonko said. “In addition to reducing harmful emissions, investments in sustainable technologies support businesses, strengthen our national supply chain, boost job creation, and lower energy costs for American families. This enormous potential for economic growth is why I’ve been dedicated in ensuring we invest in this growing industry. The projects awarded today will continue to move us forward in the clean energy transition, and I congratulate GE Vernova for their contribution in positioning our region is at the forefront of that effort.”
“We’re proud to support the Biden Administration’s efforts to advance key technologies that bolster domestic wind manufacturing in New York and across the nation,” added Matt Guyette, Director, GE Vernova Advanced Research Center. “The energy projects we have been awarded will make wind power more accessible and support its continued growth in America’s energy mix. We greatly appreciate Congressman Tonko’s support in attracting new investments in wind and other areas that are helping GE Vernova and others establish new manufacturing and jobs right here in the Capital Region.”
Rep. Tonko, a staunch supporter of offshore wind, spearheaded the Restoring Offshore Wind Opportunities Act, overturning the Trump-era leasing ban. He also authored the Offshore Energy Modernization Act, offering a blueprint for long-term U.S. offshore wind success.
Announced under the Biden Administration’s Investing In America agenda, last week’s projects allocate $72 million across 29 initiatives, enhancing the domestic supply chain and promoting affordable clean energy.
The four GE Vernova projects include: $14.9 million for near net shape (NNS) component production, $3 million for High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) development crucial for offshore wind transmission, $2,999,995 for advanced manufacturing and research on large wind blades, and $1,999,845 to streamline production for crucial wind turbine components.