December 1, 2009- NYPA President Kessel Calls for Proposals to Develop the First Fresh Water Wind Energy Initiative in the Nation: Increasing Emissions-Free Wind Power Will Contribute to Cleaner Air and Job Growth
October 5, 2009 - Westchester County and NYPA Unveil One of County's Largest Solar Initiatives on Courthouse Rooftop(jointly issued with Westchester County)
NYPA demonstrated its strong commitment to sustainability in its ambitious program to place its 17-story White Plains office building among the ranks of the healthiest, most energy efficient and environmentally sound buildings in the nation. After pursuing a checklist of modifications and activities, we announced in early 2007 that this site had earned the Green Building Council's coveted GOLD award for Existing Buildings.
We are currently building a green warehouse at our Niagara Power Project.
Beyond reducing energy and water use, the award signifies that we have increased use of recycled materials and improved air quality by employing cleaning products that are biodegradable and low in toxicity and installing an air filtration system that reduces levels of carbon dioxide.(more)
For more than a decade, the Power Authority has performed energy-efficiency upgrades at a growing list of public facilities across the state, and the effort continues to gather steam. NYPA’s total investments in the projects have surpassed $1 billion (the investments are recovered through energy savings). Taxpayers now save more than $93 million each year in energy costs. The upgrades can be as large as efficient heating and air conditioning systems, or as small as sensors that automatically turn off lights when a room is unoccupied. (more)
New technologies offer additional opportunities to preserve the environment through clean, renewable energy. The Power Authority’s demonstration projects for solar energy, fuel cells, microturbines, advanced battery storage, biomass and other technologies promote efficiency and the use of alternative or renewable fuels. (more)
The Power Authority has demonstrated the feasibility of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles as a way to reduce air pollution and dependence on foreign oil. We are working with a refined concept, a “plug-in” hybrid-electric that can draw power from the grid as well as an internal combustion engine. Along with automobiles, our demonstration projects include buses and off-road utility vehicles. (more)