NYPA and SUNY Partner to Complete Energy Efficiency Improvements at Alfred State College

  • July 19, 2020
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NYPA and SUNY Partner to Complete Energy Efficiency Improvements at Alfred State College
NYPA and SUNY Partner to Complete Energy Efficiency Improvements at Alfred State College

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the State University of New York (SUNY) have completed comprehensive energy efficiency improvements at Alfred State College in Allegany County. The energy-saving upgrades, which began before the Covid-19 virus struck New York and have recently been finalized under strict Covid prevention and return to work guidelines, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,000 tons per year—the equivalent of taking nearly 200 cars off the road—in addition to saving nearly $126,000 in energy and maintenance costs annually. The energy-saving upgrades advance Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal, a nation-leading clean energy and jobs agenda that will aggressively put New York State on a path to economy-wide carbon neutrality.

The extensive improvements, financed and implemented by NYPA in partnership with SUNY, encompass a variety of energy-saving measures, such as exterior LED lighting, ventilation improvements, and building management upgrades at more than a dozen locations throughout the more than 1.3 million square-foot campus.

“Reducing energy use at our state’s higher learning facilities is pivotal to achieving the Governor’s aggressive energy goals for New York State,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “The completed energy efficiency improvements at Alfred State College are representative of SUNY’s efforts to lead by example on all of its campuses.”

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “Alfred State is very fortunate to have the support and expertise from NYPA and SUNY to help our campus become so much more energy efficient. Almost every mechanical room and system on campus is improved with the energy efficiency measures only available from these advance building management systems. Becoming energy efficient is more than just switching to LED lighting and ASC is proud to be a leader.”

SUNY schools make up 40 percent of New York’s state-owned buildings and are one of New York’s leading energy users. The SUNY Clean Energy Roadmap, announced last year, represents Governor Cuomo’s sustainability vision for the SUNY system, the largest comprehensive higher education system in the country. Led by NYPA and in collaboration with other key New York energy agencies, the plan seeks to increase the use of renewable energy sources, improve energy efficiency, and help combat climate catastrophe.

Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, SUNY and NYPA have partnered to complete 141 energy-saving projects at 800 SUNY facilities, reducing energy consumption by 195,000-megawatt hours, removing more than 78,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere, and saving more than $28.2 million annually in energy and maintenance costs. SUNY and NYPA are currently partnering to implement energy-saving measures at 46 additional SUNY buildings—those projects, once completed, will reduce SUNY’s energy consumption by an additional 39,500-megawatt hours.

New York State’s Green New Deal

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Green New Deal is the most aggressive climate change program in the nation and puts the state on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy, including power generation, transportation, buildings, industry, and agriculture. The Governor’s program also establishes a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any state in the nation. The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) mandates several of the Governor’s ambitious Green New Deal clean energy targets: installing nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035; six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025; and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030. The CLCPA also calls for an orderly and just transition to clean energy, creating jobs while spurring a green economy. It builds on New York’s unprecedented ramp-up of clean energy, including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across the state, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, and 1,700% growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012. The CLCPA also directs New York State's agencies and authorities to work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85% from 1990 levels by 2050, and to work toward a goal of investing 40 percent of clean energy and energy efficiency resources to benefit disadvantaged communities.

About NYPA

NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the nation, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. More than 80 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.

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