N.Y. Power Authority Announces First BuildSmart NY Annual Progress Report

State Program Improving Energy Performance at State Government Facilities

Michael Saltzman

March 4, 2014


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced on Tuesday the issuance of an energy efficiency progress report that shows that the energy performance of New York State government buildings improved by nearly 5 percent in the first year of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY Initiative.

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

The BuildSmart NY Progress report, which was released today, reveals that the agencies that operate the state’s universities, prisons, hospitals, offices, and other facilities are well on their way to meeting the Governor’s statewide mandate. The report highlights an overall reduction in energy use per square foot at state government facilities by 4.7 percent and a corresponding decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by more than 130,000 tons a year. This is the first of what will be an annual submittal on the state facility energy performance, as required by Executive Order 88, which the Governor issued in launching BuildSmart NY.

“I want to thank Governor Cuomo for the confidence he has shown in the New York Power Authority being the lead in implementing his ambitious energy efficiency agenda for state government facilities,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “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.”

“Governor’s Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program is more than the investments of tens of millions of dollars in new energy-saving equipment,” said Richard L. Kauffman, chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State. The projects under the program are reducing the state’s carbon footprint and energy costs, while making energy-efficiency an everyday part of doing business and smart governance.”

"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. “We commend Governor Cuomo for approaching this challenge head on."

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.

Among the major state government entities achieving notable percentage reductions in energy use under BuildSmart NY are:

  • The Office of Mental Health (7.4%)
  • The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (6.5%)
  • The State University of New York (5.4%)

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.

The BuildSmart NY Progress Report provides an overview of the initiatives and deliverables and analyzes the advances made by individual agencies. To view the 2013 BuildSmart NY Annual Progress Report, click here.


About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020.■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information visit www.nypa.gov or follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.