$5 Million Energy Efficiency Competition for 5 New York Cities

NEW York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of a clean energy competition that will award up to $5 million for forward-thinking, energy efficiency projects in Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo and Yonkers.

The competition represents the latest phase of the Five Cities Energy Plans initiative, launched in 2015, to help the cities reduce overall energy costs and carbon emissions, advance energy sustainability, and support the creation of clean-energy technologies and jobs.

"This administration is committed to reducing the state's carbon footprint and supporting the development of innovative technologies to combat the rising economic and environmental costs of climate change," Cuomo said. "This competition will help foster the creativity and innovation that is a part of this state's spirit and help create a cleaner, greener and more sustainable New York for all."

The Five Cities Energy Plans initiative supports the Governor's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system and to stimulate investment in clean technologies throughout New York State. The program will also help meet the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard, which calls for half of the electricity consumed to be sourced from renewable energy by 2030 and the state’s goal to reduce carbon emissions 40% by 2030.

"The cities and our communities across the state have readily embraced the need to be more energy efficient, and this competition will enable more creative ideas to flourish," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "I look forward to seeing what the private and public sectors in each city have to offer."

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul kicked off the competition in Rochester, where the city is working to replace tens of thousands of conventional lights with LED tubes. The LED tubes will last thousands of hours longer than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs and use a fraction of the electricity. The lighting project is estimated to save the city over $300,000 in energy costs annually.

The Five Cities Energy Plans expands upon the BuildSmart NY program, established by Governor Cuomo in 2011 to increase energy efficiency in public buildings. The cities will work toward the goal of cutting energy use 20 percent by 2020 for municipal buildings and 20 percent by 2030 citywide, including private buildings.

Picture of Buffalo by Peter Stergion @pete716, reproduced under CCL.

Sunday 16th October 2016

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