Trying to Create Green Jobs in New York

Energy leaders at the Advanced Energy Conference in Manhattan last week said that they hope 2011 will be the year of the green jobs. If the state follows through with some of the ideas thrown around during the two-week conference, it just may be.

One of the ideas happens to be the Advanced Energy Center, also known as the AERTC, at Stony Brook.

“We have to move quickly,” said Robert Catell, AERTC chairman, to approximately 1,300 people on Monday. “I think we need to continue to focus on energy because that’s where the jobs will be.”

According to Vice President of GE Energy Services Bob Gilligan’s slideshow, by 2015 there could be approximately 25,000 green jobs. Five years later, there could be almost 70,000 green jobs. And by full implementation of the investments in 2030, there could be 139,700 green jobs in the advanced energy department.

One way to get jobs is to have advanced energy centers like the one at Stony Brook, which is expected to open in the spring.

The AERTC is a project that focuses on research in renewable energy, conventional fuels, conservation, education and Smart Grid technology, which is evaluating the economics of transportation grids and switching stations using computational techniques. The center works with energy-based institutes such as New York Energy Policy Institute, Northeastern Center for Chemical Energy Storage and Advanced Energy Training Institute. These centers are located at the new LEED platinum facility at the Stony Brook Research and Development Park.

Catell and New York Power Authority President Richard Kessel have agreed upon coordinating resources for advancing new clean energy technologies, to support AERTC.

“This agreement represents a significant opportunity for AERTC and for the state of New York to enhance and accelerate the introduction of advanced technology benefiting the electric system and energy consumers.” Kessel said. “The Power Authority, which provides up to one quarter of New York’s electricity with more than 1,400 circuit miles of high voltage transmission line, provided an initial grant of $500,000 to AERTC for broad based energy research. NYPA will continue to work with AERTC and Hydro-Quebec to support its research initiatives.”

See the original post on the Stony Brook Statesman. By Alessandra Malito. November 22, 2010.