NYPA Press Release

N.Y. Power Authority Maps Pathway to More Sustainable Operations Advancing State's Clean Energy Goals

Nation’s Largest State Power Organization to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Impacts of Climate Change in Every Aspect of its Business

Supports Governor’s Clean Energy and Jobs Agenda Putting New York on a Path to Carbon Neutrality

For Immediate Release:
Lynne Smith | lynne.smith@nypa.gov | (914) 681-6916                 

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is stepping up its sustainability efforts with a new five-year plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resource efficiency across operations. The plan aligns with and supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal clean energy and climate goals and policies.

“As a clean major energy provider for New York State, NYPA is leading by example and demonstrating the importance of taking climate change seriously,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “We’ve created a framework to measure and manage the impacts of NYPA’s operations and our customer and public-facing programs, and track progress toward the state’s clean energy and sustainability goals.”

The 2019-2023 sustainability plan supports Governor Cuomo’s aggressive goal to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieve the internationally recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. The Governor’s Green New Deal further ramps up New York’s efforts with a goal to achieve 70 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040. The NYPA plan also aligns with Executive Order 166 that directs state entities to lead by example in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate statewide adoption of clean technologies through public-facing programs.
The plan addresses every aspect of NYPA operations including generation and transmission activities, building energy use, vehicle fleet emissions and electrification, water efficiency, supply chain, materials and waste management, land management and stakeholder engagement. It also captures the benefits of NYPA’s customer and public-facing programs. Every business unit will participate and set performance targets.Planned sustainability initiatives include:

  • Climate Assessment and Adaptation. Assess the risks and opportunities associated with a 1.5 degree transition and the physical impacts of climate change and build on this assessment to develop a climate adaptation plan.
  • Electricity Generation, Transmission and Supply. Improve the emissions rate of NYPA’s electricity supply (NYPA generation, contracts and Power Purchase Agreements, and market purchases) through power plant modernization, transmission upgrades, large-scale renewable capacity, energy storage and digital technology applications.
  • Customer, Market and Public-Facing Programs. Capture the greenhouse gas emission reduction benefits of energy services, transportation electrification and renewable energy development programs, and track progress towards meeting state goals.
  • Buildings. Reduce the energy and emissions footprint of NYPA buildings by optimizing building systems, demonstrating advanced metering and other technology applications, and expanding on-site renewable energy and storage capacity, where possible.
  • Transportation. Electrify NYPA’s light-duty fleet and expand charging access for employees and visitors. Demonstrate emerging technologies and low-carbon fuels.
  • Water Efficiency. Reduce the consumption of water resources through more efficient building systems and water use strategies.
  • Supply Chain. Reduce the environmental impacts of NYPA’s suppliers and purchased products.
  • Materials and Waste. Reduce overall waste generated across office and non-office operations and increase waste diversion and recovery rates.
  • Land Management. Enhance habitat and promote biodiversity, and increase resiliency and carbon sequestration on land owned or managed by NYPA.
  • Stakeholder Engagement. Promote sustainable workplace practices through employee engagement programs, and share NYPA best practices with external stakeholders by hosting exhibits, events and workshops at NYPA visitor centers.

To learn more about NYPA’s comprehensive sustainability efforts, view the full five-year plan here. For more information, contact Kerry-jane.king@nypa.gov.

About NYPA:
NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.

New York State’s Green New Deal:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal, the nation’s leading clean energy and jobs agenda, will aggressively put New York State on a path to economy-wide carbon neutrality This initiative will provide for a just transition to clean energy, spurring the growth of the green economy and mandating New York's power be 100 percent clean and carbon-free by 2040, one of the most aggressive goals in the U.S. The cornerstone of this newly proposed mandate is a significant increase of New York's successful Clean Energy Standard to 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030. As part of the unprecedented ramp-up of renewable energy, New York has already invested $2.9 billion into 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state as it significantly increases its clean energy targets, such as: quadrupling New York's offshore wind target to a nation-leading 9,000 megawatts by 2035; doubling distributed solar deployment to 6,000 megawatts by 2025;and deploying 3,000 megawatts of energy storage by 2030. To support this ambitious work, NY Green Bank intends to use its expertise in overcoming financing gaps to foster greater environmental impacts per public dollar by raising over $1 billion in third party funds to expand climate financing availability across New York and the rest of North America.

Reforming the Energy Vision:
The Green New Deal builds on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's landmark Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency. Already, REV has driven growth of nearly 1,500 percent in the statewide solar market, improved energy affordability for 1.65 million low-income customers, and has led to more than 150,000 jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors across New York State. To learn more about the Green New Deal and REV, visit rev.ny.gov, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.