- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Fifty-three energy projects designed to help schools, hospitals and other facilities create their own energy are under way in New York state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the start of the work on Tuesday. The projects involve on-site power generation, typically through natural gas, that is more efficient and reliable than relying on electricity from the power grid.

By generating their own power, hospitals and schools can save money and make their operations more efficient. Heat created by the generation of power can run boilers and heaters. And on-site generation means hospitals and other vital facilities can continue to operate when severe weather knocks out power elsewhere.

The projects all received state support. Cuomo, a Democrat, says the projects will help the state’s energy system become more efficient and resilient.

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