NYPA Press Release

New York Power Authority and the City University of New York Partner on Energy Efficiency Upgrades at the City College of New York

For Immediate Release:  9/10/19


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

Sweeping Energy-Efficiency Improvements at the City College of New York to Reduce More Than 1,600 Tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the City University of New York (CUNY) are partnering on $26 million in comprehensive energy efficiency improvements at the City College of New York (CCNY). Once completed, it will save 15% of the buildings electricity consumption annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,600 tons per year—the equivalent of taking nearly 340 cars off the road.


The energy-saving project encompasses comprehensive air-handling upgrades, including motor replacements and control system improvements at the North Academic Center building at CCNY. As a result of the upgrades, the building’s air-handling units will be modified to achieve building occupant comfort while maximizing energy savings and significantly reducing overall maintenance costs.


“New York’s incredible educational institutions are the bedrock of our society and NYPA places a very heavy emphasis on improving energy efficiency at these critical facilities,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “NYPA and CUNY have been close partners for almost three decades and we are thrilled to add another milestone to this important relationship.”


“These crucial energy-efficient improvements at one of CUNY’s most historic campuses will help reduce New York’s carbon footprint,” said CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “CUNY is proud to team up with NYPA once again to improve our facilities so that we can better serve our students and carry out CUNY’s life-transforming mission.”


Since 2011, NYPA and CUNY have partnered to complete more than $172 million in energy efficiency projects at numerous CUNY facilities, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 12,500 tons annually. NYPA and CUNY are currently partnering to implement nearly $32.5 million in additional energy-saving projects.


The energy-efficiency measures, financed and implemented by NYPA in partnership with CUNY, are being carried out under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program, a comprehensive statewide initiative to increase energy efficiency in public buildings.


About NYPA

NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. 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. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.


About CUNY

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in 1847, CUNY counts 13 Nobel Prize and 24 MacArthur (“Genius”) grant winners among its alumni. CUNY students, alumni and faculty have garnered scores of other prestigious honors over the years in recognition of historic contributions to the advancement of the sciences, business, the arts and myriad other fields.  The University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, CUNY Graduate Center, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, CUNY School of Law, CUNY School of Professional Studies and CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 275,000 degree-seeking students. CUNY offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.