New York State Deputy Secretary for Energy Thomas C. Congdon likened the state's energy policy to a statement made by hockey player Wayne Gretzky.

"I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it's been," he recalled Gretzky saying, adding the state is trying to look to the future and grow the economy with energy efficiency programs, just like ones being developed in Chautauqua County.

Congdon spoke at the second annual Chautauqua County Energy Conference and Expo, which continues today at Chautauqua Suites.

Not only did he name the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities' Oxycoal Alliance's technology as "primed for growth game-changing technology" that could be exported, but County Executive Greg Edwards named some Chautauqua County energy innovators of his own including ECR International, Hopes Windows and Chautauqua Institution, all of which, he said, contributed to the green environment about which Congdon spoke. The three companies were winners of the county executive's award for Innovative Energy Initiatives.

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