New York Launches Energy Efficiency Program for Colleges and Universities

March 10, 2009

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced a new program on March 9 to promote energy efficiency to colleges and universities across the state. The New York Energy $martSM Focus on Colleges and Universities program will help higher-education institutions implement energy efficiency and sustainability practices, which will lower energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The program "takes into account the unique characteristics of each campus in crafting an effective energy-efficiency strategy," said Francis J. Murray, Jr., NYSERDA president and CEO. By identifying technical assistance and financial incentives, the program will help institutions maximize energy efficiency and achieve their environmental goals.

NYSERDA selected Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, Architecture & Engineering (EYP), to help develop outreach strategies for colleges and universities. The institutions will use those strategies to support energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings or new construction projects.

The college and university sector is one of several that NYSERDA is targeting to help utility customers meet the state's goal of reducing electricity consumption 45 percent by 2015. The program aims to not only reduce electricity use, but promote sustainable building design and campus operations. Funding will be provided for energy efficiency improvements, new construction, renovations, or equipment upgrades. NYSERDA will encourage higher education institutions to share their energy-efficiency implementation strategies among themselves.

Funding for all New York Energy $mart programs, which NYSERDA administers on behalf of the New York Public Service Commission, comes from a charge on utility bills. The utilities that participate in the programs include: Central Hudson, Con Edison, NYSEG, National Grid, Orange and Rockland, and Rochester Gas and Electric.

For more information, see the NYSERDA March 9 press release and the Focus on Colleges and Universities program Web site.

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