This is a very positive mark for GE. As they divert funds to increase their research in "green" technology, they further diversify their appeal. The public is crying ever louder for more environmentally sound energy options. GE's developments will keep them relevant, and will ultimately increase their value.
I really think this is a division of expansion that will show a lot of growth. There is a lot of political back and forth on this board, but no matter what side of the line people stand on, it is hard to deny that it would be a great asset to be out ahead with the development and implementing of "alternative" energy sources. The U.S. is a trend-setter, why not set the trend with diverse "green" energy. Makes sense to me.