Pataki Wants to Fund $24 Million Alternative Fuel Research Lab

Hybrid cars to also get 10 percent discount on Thruway tolls,.

Published: 16-Jan-2006

Funding for a $24 million alternative fuel research laboratory in Malta, N.Y., as well as a tax credit to companies that make renewable fuel, and a 10 percent state Thruway toll discount to operators of hybrid fuel vehicles will be included in the state budget package New York Gov. George Pataki is releasing on Jan. 17.

Another idea calls for encouraging the purchase of energy-efficient appliances by suspending the sale tax on "Energy Star" certified products for a pair of two-week periods. Similar sales-tax free periods have been used in the past to encourage targeted consumer spending.

These initiatives and others are part of a plan to reduce New York's dependence on imported energy and position the state as a center of renewable energy research, according to the governor's office.

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