Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced funding for a New York Power Authority (NYPA) Competition that will award up to $20 million for the most forward-thinking, advanced energy projects in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers.
Cuomo said the goal of the projects is to reduce energy costs by as much as $400 million annually, lower carbon emissions, and support clean energy technologies and jobs.
“This competition will allow regions to develop their best possible plan to bring their energy infrastructure into the 21st century,” he stated. “It will not only save costs and reduce harmful carbon emissions, but create jobs, and help our cities move toward a more sustainable future.”
In addition, Cuomo said he recommended the organization approve the five-year, Five Cities Energy Plans, initiative for a total of $35 million overall.
NYPA trustees are scheduled to vote on the first allocation of $12 million for the initiative Feb 26.
“The Power Authority looks forward to working closely with Rochester to implement this groundbreaking energy plan and collaborate on innovative, energy-saving projects,” said Gil Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “By sharing our expertise with New York’s large municipalities, we look to change dramatically how the state’s urban centers use energy, while simultaneously gaining significant environmental and economic benefits.”
According to Rochester city officials, the energy-saving measures outlined in the Rochester Energy Plan include initiatives to expand the use of alternate fuel vehicle fleets; enhance energy code enforcement; reinvest energy savings in energy reduction programs; and track energy performance.
“I would like to thank the New York Power Authority, and all of the partners we worked with to develop the Rochester energy plan,” said Mayor Lovely Warren. “As we implement the strategies and initiatives outlined in the plan, we look forward to a cleaner environment, greater energy efficiency and renewable energy, and more high-tech energy sector jobs in the Rochester region.”
Warren’s office said the development of the plan has been a year-long process, spearheaded by NYPA, and overseen by the Rochester architectural and design firm, La Bella Associates.
The program will include the following provisions for the cities, according to NYPA:
- Five new energy manager positions to help implement and be accountable for the newly completed plans for each city;
- An energy liaison position to serve as a vital link between New York State agencies and authorities and the five cities, to provide technical expertise and streamlined support;
- Grants to facilitate implementation, including initial startup costs, and the “race-to-the-top” competition for carrying out large energy projects, showcasing new technologies, and accelerating clean energy markets.
Organization officials said NYPA will help the cities implement the plans, then continue to monitor their progress throughout the competition.
The efforts will expand and build on the organization’s other programs, including energy-efficiency financing; NY Energy Manager; and K-Solar, a program to install solar photovoltaic systems at schools statewide, NYPA officials stated.
In addition, officials said the Five Cities Energy Plans is part of Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative.
Visit http://www.nypa.gov/RochesterEnergyPlan.html to view Rochester’s full energy plan.