N.Y. awards funding to bioenergy projects through REDC initiative

By Erin Voegele | December 17, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Several bioenergy projects were among those awarded funding.

“Four years ago we decided to take a different approach on economic development – emphasizing cooperation and investing in local assets instead of continuing the State’s old and ineffective top-down mentality,” Cuomo said. “That’s what the Regional Councils are all about, and today is proof that they are continuing to drive an economic renaissance in every region of the State. Each council presented bold ideas for how to create jobs and new opportunities in their communities, and I am proud to work with all of them to continue moving New York forward.”

Bioenergy projects that received funding include:

Genesee Biogas LLC: Genesee Biogas was awarded $1.5 million in ESD grants to support the development of a biogas plant at the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Part in Batavia. The plant will convert organic waste streams produced by agricultural and food processors into renewable energy.

FermCo Inc.: FermCo was awarded a $2 million ESD grant to establish a 1.5 million liter fermentation facility in Eastman Business Park for the production of biobased fuels and chemicals.

Seneca Bioenergy LLC: Seneca Bioenergy was awarded a $250,000 ESD grant to support the expansion of biodiesel production and to attract two new businesses to the Seneca AgBio Green Energy Park.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County: Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County was awarded $23,000 in NYSERDA CGC2 funding to support the development of an energy plan for Dutchess County. The project will focus on methods to divert organic compounds in the solid waste stream in order to reduce the volume of waste generated in the county. The waste will also be reused through composting to generate biogas through anaerobic digestion.

Anellotech Inc.: Anellotech was awarded $750,000 in grants to support the lease of laboratory and office space. Specialized reactors and analytical equipment will be installed to study the catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass to produce basic petroleum products.