High-biomass sorghum, and an unemployment support roadshow

Sep 19, 2012

Good Morning and welcome to the Wednesday Morning Trail Mix from the Innovation Trail team.

Cuomo offers low-cost electricity to an Elmira manufacturer and wage subsidies to potential employers of the long-term unemployed.

Innovators should be checking out Miles Davis' 1959 jazz classic "Kind Of Blue".

The dry summer has been good for a high-biomass sorghum trial crop in Western New York. 

And lots of stories out there on energy generally...


Governor Cuomo says that cheaper energy will allow a Southern Tier glass manufacturer to retain 340 jobs, which may be good news for some of unemployed people he's reaching out to through his Mobile Reemployment Response Team coming to a town near you in October.

Businesses are also expected to benefit from wage subsidies if they hire the long-term unemployed.


Sweetwater Energy claims success with its 400 acre high-biomass sorghum crop reports Ethanol Producer magazine.

Robert Pollin of New Labor Forum sees a return to an old energy agenda by the Republicans citing failures by the Obama administration's $100 billion dollar green energy investments.

Speaking of energy costs, Tim Knauss of The Post-Standard says that the shine quickly rubs off the initial energy deals offered to consumers who shift from the National Grid Supply. (Not an endorsement.)

For those of you who missed this, here's the video that Tim Wilber was referring to in his recent article on the mood of some fracking opponents and their "Pledge of Resistance".

And Gannett's Jon Campbell was on-the-spot with his reporting on the letter sent to Governor Cuomo signed by 14 influential environmentalists, yesterday. It's possibly about hydrofracking.

City and State has done this handy summary of the energy agenda for Governor Cuomo going forward.


Author Frank Barrett says that jazz legend Miles Davis has a thing or two to teach us about innovation and here he is at the Harvard Business Review website.

Bloomberg Business is predicting a slowdown in the manufacturing sector nationally, a trend reflected here in NY according to the Empire State Manufacturing Survey.