Energy efficiency has many dimensions. For instance, NYPA-directed crews recently completed projects that will improve lighting, cooling, heating and ventilation for 13 schools in Williamsville, Erie County…introduce solar power generation at SUNY Brockport…upgrade ventilation and lighting at NYCT’s East New York Bus depot…improve water quality and climate control in the Cohoes public library, Albany County…and meter electric, gas and water consumption at SUNY Plattsburgh, removing more than 1,100 tons of greenhouse gases from local air.
NYPA's efforts support Governor Cuomo's ambitious energy and environmental goals. In 2012, NYPA financed nearly $270 million in energy efficiency projects completed or in various stages of development - another record for these types of expenditures. As a result of these projects, New York State taxpayers can expect to save $6.4 million a year on energy costs at public facilities. And because the "cleanest" megawatts are the ones not used, NYPA's latest energy-saving efforts will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33,900 tons annually. (Liist of 2012 and 2013 energy efficiency projects.)
And that’s been our goal since the early 1980s—simply, to save taxpayer dollars by trimming energy costs while cutting carbon pollution. NYPA’s far-reaching efforts to help New York State save money, megawatts and the environment are part of our commitment to sustainability, intended to leave the planet a cleaner, healthier, more livable place for future generations.