ALBANY -- Gov. David Paterson announced Monday the formation of a pair of groups aimed at improving the state's energy efficiency.

The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium, or NY-BEST, will distribute $25 million to researchers specializing in the development of batteries and energy storage devices.

The state also is using $600,000 over three years to establish the New York Energy Policy Institute and fund energy-efficiency research.

The state Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) funded a study that identified 18 academic-based research centers as potential candidates to house and oversee the institute.

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