NYPA Press Release

NYPA Recognizes Top Public-sector Energy Services Customers for Reducing Energy Consumption and Leading the Charge to Achieve New York’s Clean Energy Goals and Fight Against Climate Change

For Immediate Release: 10/08/19

Contact: NYPA Media Relations | 914-681-6770 | Media.Inquiries@nypa.gov


Javits Center, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Recognized

for Innovative Renewable Energy Projects

 

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) recognized five of its public-sector customers today that have made outstanding commitments to reducing their energy consumption and carbon emissions and are leading by example with innovative renewable energy projects to help New York State achieve its ambitious clean energy goals. The awards were presented at NYPA’s inaugural Customer Clean Energy Exchange at the Albany Capital Center, an energy education and innovation event for public and private sector NYPA customers. Attendees learned from global experts and explored new ways to strategically address the energy and climate goals put forth in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda that puts New York State on a path to carbon neutrality.

“The number one challenge facing not just our country, but our planet, is the threat of climate change,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke at today’s event. “Here in New York, we are taking the lead to embrace the challenge and invest in renewable energy. Here at the inaugural NYPA Customer Clean Energy Exchange, leaders from around the state are gathering, collaborating, and putting forward innovative ideas to complement our bold clean energy goals. Working together with businesses and local governments, we will make progress to save our environment and transform the energy future of New York State.”

 

More than 100 municipalities, state agencies and businesses attended the gathering to network and discover innovative solutions to energy challenges.

“NYPA has partnered with many dedicated agencies and communities that have made significant accomplishments in smart energy use and they deserve to be applauded and held up as examples for others to follow,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “Our goal is to show more government agencies and businesses throughout the state how a commitment to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability will save taxpayer dollars and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

 

Featured speakers included SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson; Corning SVP & Chief Engineer, Thomas Capek; Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance CEO Miranda Ballentine; NY Green Bank President Alfred Griffin; Javits Center SVP & Chief Sustainability Officer Kenneth Sanchez ; Cornell University AVP for Energy and Sustainability Bert Bland; and the City of Syracuse’s Chief Data Officer, Sam Edelstein.

Awards were presented to the following energy efficiency trendsetters:

Metropolitan Transportation Authority – Outstanding Commitment to Energy Efficiency

By 2020, the MTA will have completed more than 75 energy efficiency projects with NYPA, resulting in a 34 percent drop in energy consumption, far in excess of its original 20 percent goal, making it the leader across every state agency.

 

Javits Center – Clean Energy Project of the Year

The Javits Center is installing one of the largest on-site clean energy projects in New York City—4,000 solar panels with a lithium-ion battery storage system—on its 6.75-acre green roof that has become a sanctuary for area wildlife. The project will enhance the efficiency of the electric grid by storing extra energy to use during periods of high electricity demand.

 

Sullivan County – Local Government Project Champion

The County completed a comprehensive energy initiative, which included high-efficiency rooftop heating and cooling units, upgraded interior lighting, and installation of a building management system. The County is now partnering with several towns to retrofit more than 2,200 streetlights.

Lincoln Medical Center – Energy Project of the Year (People’s Choice Award)

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation saw an opportunity to increase patient protection and reduce energy costs by installing state-of-the-art antimicrobial cooling towers at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx. In partnership with NYPA, 18 new cooling tower cells were installed on-site without disruption to hospital operations or patient recovery. The new cooling towers, coupled with variable frequency drives, maintain the same capacity as the old system, but use less overall horsepower reducing energy consumed.

 

NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision – Most Comprehensive EE Program

DOCCS has implemented nearly 120 energy projects. In one of the largest solar initiatives for an individual entity in New York State, the agency is currently constructing 45 megawatts of capacity across seven sites.

 

For more information on NYPA’s Clean Energy Solutions, visit the customer services webpage on NYPA’s website or e-mail nypaenergysolutions@nypa.gov.

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