New York State Building Energy Report

THE New York Power Authority (NYPA) have completed a report on the energy use of New York State government buildings, providing a baseline for measuring the BuildSmart NY initiative.

When fully carried out, BuildSmart NY, which will increase the energy efficiency of those building by 20 percent by 2020, will result in $100 million in annual taxpayer savings.  It will also help eliminate eight million metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions—the equivalent of permanently removing 1.6 million cars from the road. (A metric ton equals nearly 2,205 pounds.).

New York's Andrew Governor Cuomo said: “Today, New York again shows its leadership in protecting taxpayers, creating local jobs and helping the environment, with the information in the BuildSmart NY report.  The report sets the groundwork for expanding energy efficiency in state facilities to save taxpayer dollars by curbing state energy use, generate green jobs in the energy efficiency industry and cut greenhouse gas levels for reducing the state’s carbon footprint.

“The report also provides a basis for measuring the progress of BuildSmart NY and will be updated annually on the advances we’re making to ensure we’re truly accountable to the people of the state for delivering the results in energy efficiency we set out to accomplish.”

BuildSmart NY, which will prioritize projects at the largest and most inefficient buildings utilizing the data from the baseline report, will save taxpayer money on energy costs, catalyze the marketplace, and increase investment opportunities for private building owners and the clean energy technology industry.

The engineering, construction and other activities generated by these energy efficiency projects expect to contribute several thousand local “green jobs” in New York State.

“As the central management and implementation manager of the Governor’s BuildSmart NY initiative, the Power Authority sees this benchmarking report as critical to the program’s success—you can’t manage what you don’t measure,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and chief executive officer, NYPA. “We have also committed $450 million in low-cost financing to implement energy efficiency improvements at state facilities to achieve the goals of the Governor’s initiative, and an additional $350 million for similar improvements on the county and local government level.”

More than 90 percent of the state’s square footage and energy consumption is associated with six state government entities: State University of New York (SUNY); New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision; City University of New York; New York State Office of General Services; New York State Office of Mental Health; and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

One of the key findings about the buildings operated by those six entities is that individually-metered buildings are more efficient than master-metered building complexes where one meter records all energy use.

BuildSmart NY calls for energy master plans and energy audits to help find and prioritize energy efficiency opportunities at master-metered facilities. Several large SUNY campuses are currently undergoing energy master plans through BuildSmart NY.

Picture of White Plains New York State by Scarrea (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Monday 19th August 2013


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