NYPA Press Release

NYPA Installs Energy-Efficient Lighting Upgrades at Nearly 100 New York City Police Department Precinct Locations

For Immediate Release: 05/10/22

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Power Authority Partners with City’s DCAS to Complete LED Lighting Retrofits Advancing Energy Efficiency and Resiliency Objective Outlined in Governor Hochul’s 2022 State of the State Agenda


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) partnered with New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to announce the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting at nearly 100 New York City Police Department (NYPD) precinct locations across all five boroughs. The nearly $30 million lighting improvements are expected to generate more than $1.2 million in energy cost savings and fulfill a clean energy transition commitment outlined in Governor Kathy Hochul’s 2022 State of the State agenda.


“The lighting upgrades being implemented by the Power Authority at NYPD precincts deliver on Governor Hochul’s commitment to bolster energy infrastructure reliability for New York’s first responders and are another step forward in New York’s transition to a clean energy economy,” said NYPA Interim President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll. “These lighting retrofits at NYPD facilities will enable brighter and more efficient lighting, thereby curbing electricity use and helping to reduce the largest source of emissions in New York City—greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.”


“DCAS is leading the City’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and has invested more than $700 million over the last six years in energy efficiency and clean energy generation technologies across City government facilities,” said DCAS Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock. “With the installation of these energy-efficient LED lights at nearly 100 NYPD facilities, we are deepening our investment. Projects like this one have helped to reduce the City’s energy use by 2.9 million MMBTUs, enough energy to power 200,000 New York City residences. We are proud to have NYPA as an implementation partner in our efforts to be a steward for the environment, improve public health, and make NYC one of the world’s most sustainable cities.”


“As the largest municipal law enforcement agency in the nation, the New York City Police Department continues to be an industry leader in efficient, sustainable technologies,” said NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell. “Many of our facilities operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and must always be accessible and safe for workers and the public alike. We are proud that these lighting upgrades will allow the NYPD to further serve New Yorkers by helping reduce the city’s energy use.”


The energy saving measures at the nearly 100 NYPD locations are the result of a continued partnership between NYPA and DCAS and will reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3,210 metric tons—the equivalent of taking nearly 700 cars off the road.


NYPA and DCAS are currently implementing comprehensive lighting upgrades at 31 NYPD facilities and are in development to replace the lighting at 66 more NYPD facilities.


At the direction of Governor Kathy Hochul, NYPA committed to completing LED retrofits in 100 police locations in New York State to ensure the operational readiness of New York’s first responders. Governor Hochul outlined her plan to harden infrastructure and improve reliability for emergency services in her 2022 State of the State agenda.


The energy efficiency improvements at the police facilities directly support the goals of New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) and the New York City Climate Mobilization Act, which both call for greenhouse gas emissions from buildings to be reduced by 40 percent by the year 2030.


NYPA has been a longtime partner of New York City, collaborating with DCAS to install nearly $1.5 billion in energy efficiency upgrades at more than 1,300 facilities across the city, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 303,000 metric tons—the equivalent of taking more than 65,000 cars off the road.




New York State's Nation-Leading Climate Plan

New York State's nation-leading climate agenda 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 recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Enshrined into law through the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, New York is on a path to achieve its mandated goal of a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040, including 70 percent renewable energy generation by 2030, and to reach economy wide carbon neutrality. It builds on New York's unprecedented investments to ramp-up clean energy including over $33 billion in 102 large-scale renewable and transmission projects across the state, $6.8 billion to reduce buildings emissions, $1.8 billion to scale up solar, more than $1 billion for clean transportation initiatives, and over $1.6 billion in NY Green Bank commitments. Combined, these investments are supporting nearly 158,000 jobs in New York's clean energy sector in 2020, a 2,100 percent growth in the distributed solar sector since 2011 and a commitment to develop 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035. Under the Climate Act, New York will build on this progress and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050, while ensuring that at least 35 percent with a goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments are directed to disadvantaged communities, and advance progress towards the state's 2025 energy efficiency target of reducing on-site energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs of end-use energy savings.


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About the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) provides effective shared services to support the operations of New York City government. Its commitment to equity, effectiveness, and sustainability guides its work with City agencies on recruiting, hiring, and training employees; providing facilities management for 55 public buildings; acquiring, selling, and leasing city property; purchasing more than $1 billion in supplies and equipment each year; and implementing conservation and safety programs throughout the city's facilities and vehicle fleet. Learn more about DCAS by visiting  nyc.gov/dcas or by following us on TwitterInstagramFacebookLinkedIn, and listening to the Inside Citywide podcast.