Energy Efficiency Progress for New York State Buildings

THE New York Power Authority (NYPA) revealed that during the first year of the BuildSmart NY Initiative the energy performance of state government buildings improved by nearly 5%.

The initiative, which is being administered by NYPA, is intended to reduce energy consumption at state facilities by 20% by 2020.

The BuildSmart NY Progress report reveals that the agencies that operate the state’s universities, prisons, hospitals, offices, and other facilities are well on their way to meeting State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo statewide mandate.

The report highlights an overall reduction in energy use per square foot at state government facilities by 4.7% and a corresponding decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by more than 130,000 tons a year.

Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA President and CEO said regarding the report: “In its first year, BuildSmart NY has made impressive headway in putting the state government on a solid path toward economic and environmental benefits by optimizing its energy efficiency.”

"The BuildSmart NY initiative will help the state further its greenhouse gas emissions goals by emphasizing the two most cost-effective solutions: conservation and energy efficiency,” said Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp.

NYPA is working with state agencies to accelerate strategic, cost-effective energy investments in state buildings and to improve the ways in which those facilities are operated and maintained.

The wide-ranging improvements center on the retrofitting and replacement of existing building systems with more energy-efficient models. This includes new lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems. Renewable and other clean energy generation will also contribute to meeting BuildSmart NY’s goals.

Deployment of real-time energy monitoring tools and data analytics, as well as smarter building operations, are also key strategies.

New York State spends approximately $550 million a year on energy costs, including electricity and fuel, for more than 200 million square feet of real estate.

Picture of Rochester, New York, by FBI ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Thursday 6th March 2014

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