NYPA Press Release

NYPA Expands its BuildSmartNY Program to Meet its Goal of $300 Million in Annual Energy Efficiency Investments by 2020 

For Immediate Release: 12/19/17

Contact: Paul DeMichele | Paul.DeMichele@nypa.gov | (914) 390-8186

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is stepping up its energy efficiency efforts as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s BuildSmartNY program by awarding a new round of contracts to firms capable of implementing energy efficiency and renewable projects at public facilities while guaranteeing that the energy cost-savings will pay for the project.

“NYPA is expanding its capabilities to deliver energy efficiency improvements to its customers,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “These nine vendors will allow us to further leverage our financing to customers looking to make an investment in energy-saving technology and renewable generation.”


The NYPA Board of Trustees authorized the approval of nine contracts yesterday to firms that will provide services related to a wide variety of energy technologies and renewables. The nine firms will join NYPA’s growing stable of pre-qualified energy services vendors that assist with the implementation of energy-saving technology all across New York State.


NYPA has committed to develop $300 million annually in energy efficiency and renewable measures at public facilities by 2020. The increase in energy efficiency improvements doubles what NYPA implements today. NYPA to date has financed and implemented more than 2,100 energy projects in more than 5,600 government buildings, schools and other public facilities throughout the state. The completed projects save more than $200 million a year in energy costs and reduce a million tons of greenhouse gases annually.


NYPA used a competitive bidding process to solicit firms throughout the state that could provide audit, design, engineering, procurement and installation services of energy and renewable technologies, along with post-construction services and support. The companies are also required to include a measurement and verification process to ensure that there have been cost savings.


The five-year contracts total $200 million and were awarded to companies with offices in New York State including: AECOM USA, Inc.; Ameresco, Inc; Energy Systems Group, LLC; Honeywell International, Inc.; Johnson Controls, Inc.; NORESCO LLC; Siemens Building Technologies; Wendel Energy Services, LLC, with its headquarters in Williamsville, N.Y.; and Genesys Engineering, with its headquarters in Pelham, N.Y.


Energy efficiency projects under BuildSmartNY include high efficiency lighting retrofits, occupancy and daylighting lighting sensors, building and energy management systems, boilers, chillers, steam traps, air-handling systems, thermal storage, combined heat and power systems, microgrids, solar photovoltaic systems, digester gas systems, and emerging energy and utility technologies.

NYPA provides upfront financing to its customers and is repaid through the energy savings of each project.

BuildSmart NY is a comprehensive statewide initiative to increase energy efficiency in public buildings and supports the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. The measures also support New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a statewide energy system that is clean, resilient and affordable for all New Yorkers.

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