Energy Efficiency in NYC: More Numbers, More Support

Metered New York said last week that it has released first time meter data from large apartment buildings in New York City.

Collected data generally is from municipal or industrial and commercial structures. The apartment building data is not new: It comes use in 2014. It is broad, however. Almost 6,000 multifamily buildings – almost two-thirds of the total in the city — submitted energy, occupancy and operational data. The Energy Star score for the year was 55. The story says that the Energy Star scoring of multifamily buildings is new, but enough data exists to put the national norm at 50. Thus, the story says, the city is performing somewhat better than the national average.

The research frond that buildings in the city cut energy use by 6 percent and carbon emissions by 6 percent and 8 percent, between 2010 and 2013. Metered New York, which is sponsored by Urban Green, will study the ongoing impact of Local Laws 84 and 87 will have on energy efficiency and carbon emissions.

The numbers from the Metered New York, though freshly released, are a look back to the earlier part of the decade. Attention to efficiency and reductions in carbon emissions has grown significant in the city in the interim. Late last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Real Estate board of New York (REBNY) announced the NYC Carbon Challenge has expanded to commercial buildings.

The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent or more in 10 years. The expansion is significant:

Today’s expansion of the NYC Carbon Challenge to the 22 commercial owners and tenants adds more than 58 million square feet to the Challenge and is projected to reduce citywide GHG emissions by an additional 60,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) – the equivalent of taking almost 13,000 cars off the roads – and result in an estimated $50 million in energy cost savings.

Earlier this month, The New York Times offered a comprehensive overview of New York City’s power infrastructure.

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