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New Clean Energy Strategic Plan For Agriculture Industry

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RPI, Cornell University and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), have announced the creation of the Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) Consortium.

GLASE is poised to transform the way greenhouses operate and cut electricity use for lighting by as much as 70 percent.

John Williams, NYSERDA's director of policy and regulatory affairs, says the seven-year, $5 million project is designed to help identify clean energy opportunities for farm operations via implementation of a holistic greenhouse energy management system  "that will both help farmers find and capture new economic opportunities with clean energy, but also help the state realize its clean energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal."

The consortium says New York State has 720 acres of greenhouses, while agriculture covers approximately 25 percent of land use in the State.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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