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NY State Buildings Must Increase Energy Efficiency 20%

January 2, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years.

Cuomo also launched Build Smart NY, which will use state building energy data to prioritize projects that will deliver the greatest energy savings per dollar. The largest and most inefficient buildings will be addressed first and undergo comprehensive whole-building improvements such as new lighting fixtures and controls, HVAC systems, electric motors and automated energy management systems.

The New York Power Authority has committed to provide $450 million in low-cost financing for this initiative. Additionally, for most projects, no upfront capital spending will be required because agencies will be able to repay the loans through the projects’ energy savings.

Also in support of Build Smart NY, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) comprehensive array of energy efficiency programs provide objective and customized information to help state agencies and others make informed energy decisions and also provide attractive financial incentives to help offset the costs of energy efficiency improvements.

Progress has already been made in the last few months. Data has been collected on over 180 million square feet of buildings and campuses – about 95 percent of the State’s building stock, and work has started on 30 million square feet of real estate.

To support the goal of improving energy efficiency in state buildings 20 percent by 2020, a new web platform was launched that posts progress reports, case studies, energy savings, project costs, and other information to the public, providing greater accountability and transparency on government spending and performance. With this site, New York State is also using big data and social networking technologies to create transparency around building energy efficiency and to accelerate projects.

Commercial buildings in New York City must report energy usage data for publication in the New York City Energy Benchmarking Report. Analysis of the data is showing that older buildings sometimes have better Energy Star scores than newer buildings.


3 comments on “NY State Buildings Must Increase Energy Efficiency 20%

  1. “no upfront capital spending will be required because agencies will be able to repay the loans through the projects’ energy savings” – huh? Can you explain how the stream of energy savings in the future eliminates an upfront capital cost?

  2. Here’s the language from Gov. Cuomo’s announcement.
    “The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has committed to provide $450 million in low-cost financing for this initiative. Additionally, for most projects, no upfront capital spending will be required because agencies will be able to repay the loans through the projects’ energy savings.”
    So the upfront capital comes from loans, and the loan payments are made from energy savings.

  3. A minimum 20% reduction in building energy use during the next 8 years, not only makes perfect sense but also is technically, financially, and functionally feasible, using the most state of the art life-cycle-cost-effective technologies. Every local urban community and the state in the USA must follow New York’s example and leadership by the Governor. The anticipated Energy Cost Savings from this aggressive Energy Efficiency program can pay itself for sustainability

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