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During his 2012 State of the State address, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., announced a plan to build an "energy highway" system to ensure a cost efficient and reliable supply of power is available to fuel the state's economic growth.

The private sector will fund $2 billion energy highway system will tap into the generation capacity and renewable energy potential in upstate and western New York to bring power to meet the demands in load centers to the southern part of the state. The plan also calls for the repowering of older, traditionally powered plants to stop pollution in urban neighborhoods.

"Our challenge for 2012 is this: How does government spur job creation in a down economy while limiting spending and maintaining fiscal discipline?" Cuomo said. "The answer is forging public-private partnerships that leverage state resources to generate billions of dollars in economic growth and create thousands of jobs."

Cuomo also launched the NY-Sun Initiative to expand solar energy production in the state while keeping costs under control to protect ratepayers. NY-Sun will help increase competitive procurement of large, commercial-sized solar projects and expand rebate programs for residential and commercial small- to medium-sized systems. The program is designed to quadruple annual development of solar by 2013.

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