Tax Credits Boost GE Plans to Refurbish Facility in New York State

GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric Co., announced that it has received advanced manufacturing credits for the construction of a manufacturing facility in Schenectady, N.Y., to develop next-generation energy storage systems.

The tax credit of $25.5 million is part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will be utilized to refurbish a pre-existing GE manufacturing facility in Schenectady, according to the company.

GE selected the Schenectady site for energy storage manufacturing in August 2009. The facility is scheduled to be fully operational by mid-2011, according to the company.

GE said it already has invested more than $150 million in developing battery technologies, and the tax credit will supplement GEs investments in the new product line that will serve the rail, marine, mining, telecommunications and utility sectors.

"GE is entering the energy storage market at a critical time in the United States as power system stability and security and an increase in the renewable energy portfolio are becoming integral to 21st century economic development," said Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO of GE Transportation. "GE would like to thank Congress and the White House for the tax credit on the new facility, thereby ensuring U.S. technology leadership and safeguarding U.S. jobs."

The facility will create 350 new manufacturing jobs in Schenectady, according to the company, and the state of New York has partnered with GE in the construction of the facility by pledging more than $15 million in incentives.

At full capacity, the plant could produce approximately 10 million cells capable of generating 900 megawatt-hours of energy per year -- the equivalent of the battery power required for 45,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with an 80-mile range, or enough energy to support 1,000 GE Evolution Series hybrid locomotives, according to the company.

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