NYPA’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for government facilities save taxpayers money while they help clean the air. We have upgraded lighting and sensors in buildings throughout the state, installed boilers and chillers, mounted solar panels, replaced windows and developed energy management systems. We have also installed energy-efficient refrigerators and instant hot water heaters in public housing facilities.
NYPA partners with local governments to provide clean, energy efficient transportation alternatives such as hybrid vehicles and service equipment. Examples include the purchase of a diesel-electric hybrid bucket truck in the City of White Plains and acquisition of energy efficient ground support vehicles for several airports across the state. We also work to replace diesel buses with cleaner hybrids, under our Green Fleets program.
NYPA also partners with local governments and public universities to develop Green Zones in which traditional, polluting equipment is replaced with clean alternatives - both commercially available and new technologies. The program is targeted for parks, college campuses and other limited access areas. We work with our partners to identify appropriate equipment and provide technical assistance and co-funding to help with purchase and implementation. Participants are asked to provide data on the performance of the new vehicles and equipment and we calculate resulting emissions reductions and fuel savings.
NYPA has worked to make its own facilities as energy efficient as possible, and in 2006 we were awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Award for our 25-year old administrative office facility in White Plains, the first existing building in New York State to earn this coveted award for environmental health and energy-efficiency. We are well positioned to provide advice and other assistance to governments seeking to green their own buildings.
NYPA worked with New York’s 51 municipal and rural electric cooperative systems to provide a “Weatherization Blitz" for low-income residents of these communities. Qualifying residents received a home weatherization kit with more than a dozen different products that, when properly installed and used together, can lower an average home’s annual heating bill by approximately 10-15 percent (about $200). This program has been completed.