NYPA Press Release

NYPA Partners with the State University of New York to Complete Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Improvements at SUNY Brockport

For Immediate Release: 8/18/20

Contact:

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

Builds Upon SUNY’s Clean Energy Roadmap and Advances the Goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

 

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the State University of New York (SUNY) have completed comprehensive energy efficiency improvements at SUNY Brockport in Monroe County. The energy-saving upgrades will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 433 metric tons a year—the equivalent of taking nearly 100 cars off the road—in addition to significant savings in energy and maintenance costs annually. The energy-saving upgrades advance Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the most aggressive climate change law in the nation, through the increased use of energy efficiency to annually reduce electricity demand by three percent—equivalent to 1.8 million New York households—by 2025.

 

The extensive improvements, financed and implemented by NYPA in partnership with SUNY, encompass a variety of energy-saving measures, such as interior LED lighting, motor replacements and chiller upgrades at more than 10 locations throughout the campus.

 

“SUNY is leading by example in its aggressive partnership with NYPA to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions on its campuses,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “The completed energy efficiency measures at SUNY Brockport are demonstrative of New York State’s commitment to achieving a clean energy economy.”

 

“One of the goals of our strategic plan, Building a Better Brockport, is to become a sustainable institute for the 21st Century,” said SUNY Brockport President Heidi Macpherson. “The work NYPA has done to upgrade our energy efficiency and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions is part of making that goal a reality. We are grateful for the leadership of Governor Cuomo on this important issue and for the outstanding work of our partners at NYPA.”

 

SUNY schools make up 40 percent of New York’s state-owned buildings and are one of New York’s leading energy users. The SUNY Clean Energy Roadmap, announced last year, represents Governor Cuomo’s sustainability vision for the SUNY system, the largest comprehensive higher education system in the country. Led by NYPA and in collaboration with other key New York energy agencies, the plan seeks to increase the use of renewable energy sources, improve energy efficiency, and help combat climate catastrophe.

 

Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, SUNY and NYPA have partnered to complete 67 energy-saving projects at 683 SUNY facilities, reducing energy consumption by 85,364-megawatt hours, removing more than 38,672 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, and saving more than $13.7 million annually in energy and maintenance costs. SUNY and NYPA are currently partnering to implement energy-saving measures at 43 additional SUNY buildings—those projects, once completed, will reduce SUNY’s energy consumption by an additional 32,600-megawatt hours.

 

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New York State's Nation-Leading Climate Plan

Governor Cuomo's nation-leading climate plan is the most aggressive climate and clean energy initiative in the nation, calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy as New York State Builds Back Better as it recovers from the Covid pandemic. Enshrined into law through the CLCPA, New York is on a path to reach its mandated goals of economy wide carbon neutrality and achieving a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's unprecedented ramp-up of clean energy including a $3.9 billion investment in 67 large-scale renewable projects across the state, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector, a commitment to develop over 1,800 megawatts of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,800 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011. New York's Climate Action Council is working on a scoping plan to build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 while ensuring that at least 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments benefit disadvantaged communities, and advancing progress towards the state's 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 TBtus.

 

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