N.Y. Power Authority Partners with City of New York to Complete Energy Efficiency Upgrades at Manhattan School


Julianne Cho
Department of Citywide Administrative Services
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Marge Feinberg
Department of Education
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Paul DeMichele
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April 25, 2014


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NEW YORK—The New York Power Authority (NYPA), in partnership with New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and Department of Education (DOE), has completed energy efficiency improvements at P.S. 84, the Lillian Weber School in Manhattan.

The lighting upgrades, which were marked by an event on Friday at the Upper West Side elementary school, are part of a wider effort to replace lighting fixtures in classrooms, auditoriums and administrative offices throughout New York City schools. The $650,000 project at P.S. 84, which began in July of 2013, was identified, funded and managed through the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services' (DCAS) Energy Management Line of Service (DEM), through its energy efficiency retrofit program.

Kathleen Grimm, DOE deputy chancellor of operations, Stacey Cumberbatch, DCAS commissioner and Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer, joined together today with other officials, in celebration of Earth Week, to highlight the completion of the energy-saving project at P.S. 84.

“The NYC Department of Education operates 1,200 schools buildings, and these buildings consume 25 percent of the energy use of all the city’s government buildings,” Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm said. “We have initiated programs, such as recycling and turning lights off in rooms not in use, in our schools to show the importance of preserving our natural resources. I want to thank NYPA and DCAS for their support.”

“I am so pleased to join with our partners at NYPA and DOE to celebrate the completion of this school’s retrofit,” said DCAS Commissioner Stacey Cumberbatch. “Since 2008, DCAS has identified and funded efficiency upgrades at 49 schools through our building retrofit program, saving the City nearly $2 million dollars in annual energy costs. Under Mayor de Blasio’s leadership, we remain committed as a national leader in protecting our environment. This program helps to make the City a greener, more livable place by eliminating nearly 5,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.”

“Over the last two decades, NYPA has partnered with New York City on energy efficiency projects at hundreds of city school facilities for annual cost avoidance of $22 million,” said Quiniones. “We are also working closely with our customers throughout the state under the Governor’s Build Smart NY program to reduce energy costs in all public buildings.”

“The focus on the environment has been part of the overall school philosophy and vision for a long while,” said P.S. 84 Principal Robin Sundick. “For example, the school has reduced its electricity usage 9 percent from 2008 to 2013.”

DEM's mission is to serve as the hub for energy management for City government operations, from energy procurement to reporting and performance tracking, improved operations and maintenance, and building retrofits. DEM manages the energy accounts and efficiency initiatives for New York City government operations, and is responsible for achieving the City's ambitious PlaNYC goal of reducing the City government's greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2017.

NYPA is actively partnering with New York City to improve energy efficiency at schools throughout the city and is currently moving forward with projects at nine schools identified by DCAS to start construction this summer. Those energy efficiency upgrades, when completed, will save taxpayers $570,000 a year and remove roughly 1,900 tons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere annually.

“With our partners like DCAS, NYPA, and the Green Schools Alliance, we have been able to reduce our energy use,” said John Shea, CEO of the NYC Department of Education's Division of School Facilities.

“The Green Schools Alliance has worked with the City ever since the group's inception five years ago,” said Margaret Watson, founder of the Green Schools Alliance. “During that time, students have led the way when it comes to energy efficiency in many schools. It has been wonderful to see them so engaged in a vital environmental issue.”

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority 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 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 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 and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.