NYPA Press Release

N.Y. Power Authority Announces Additional Studies of Proposed Empire State Plaza Microgrid and Combined Heat and Power Plant Project to Evaluate Renewable Energy Options

For Immediate Release: 2/5/18  

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The New York Power Authority today has called for additional studies of the proposed Empire State Plaza Microgrid and Combined Heat and Power Plant project in Albany in order to better evaluate renewable energy options for the project. This will allow a more comprehensive review of possible alternative energy sources that may be feasible to explore as part of the Sheridan Avenue project to improve reliability, resiliency and energy efficiency at the plaza. The project partners, the New York State Office of General Services and NYPA, will take this time to enlist ongoing engagement and input from members of the public, including local community members, energy experts and advocacy organizations and will incorporate community benefits into the project’s go-forward plan.


“Building an energy system that is cleaner, more resilient and affordable for all New Yorkers is a top priority for us at NYPA,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of the Power Authority. “This will let us take the time needed, with community input, to evaluate renewable energy options for the Empire State Plaza energy project, so that we can follow the best path forward.”


NYPA will engage community stakeholders, energy experts, and community advocacy organizations to examine renewable options including large scale net metering for solar and wind inputs. The Authority will further assess the feasibility of incorporating any renewable energy options as part of a proposed locally-sourced mini-power grid. The grid will be connected to the statewide grid, and also be able to operate independently, to power the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany. This analysis and public input will help inform the required project draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The project is subject to the State Environmental Quality Review process.


The goal for the proposed project is to be able to supply 90 percent of the power for the 98-acre downtown Albany complex and be able to save the Plaza an estimated $2.7 million in annual energy costs. The project’s emissions goals are targeted to be in line with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision goal to reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2030 from 1990 levels.

The two agencies have completed a series of energy-saving and energy efficiency measures in recent years at the plaza.

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