Albany Law School's Government Law Center (GLC) will provide legal education and early stage business support to New York's cleantech and alternative energy companies, assisting in their development, growth and success. Working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Albany Law School has committed to providing education and guidance to companies in addressing the legal aspects of development and commercialization of cleantech products and services in New York State.
The GLC is currently developing a cleantech law seminar series to assist early stage businesses, as well as internship programs for training the next generation of green collar lawyers to meet the needs of the state's future clean energy industries. The GLC has also created a web-based resource for early stage alternative energy companies in New York. The site, www.albanylaw.edu/esb, provides access to the Legal Handbook for Early Stage Business, as well as information and materials on regional resources and a network of legal providers throughout the state.
The GLC's green initiative, led by staff attorney and project director Pam Ko, has been bolstered by a four-year $250,000 incentive from NYSERDA. NYSERDA provides energy-related technical and financial packaging assistance to businesses and institutions to promote energy efficiency and economic development, as well as energy research and development programs that promote safe and economical energy production efficiency technologies in New York State. NYSERDA also analyzes the effect of New York's energy, regulatory and environmental policies on the state's business, institutional and residential energy consumers.