New York Grocers Can Go Green with Support from NYSERDA
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced on March 8, 2011 the "Green Grocer Initiative" that is designed to help New York grocers, supermarkets, food co-ops, and convenience stores reduce their energy use and operating costs. The initiative will partner grocers with NYSERDA technical consultants to collaborate on innovative energy efficiency solutions, including upgrades to, or replacement of, inefficient refrigeration equipment, coolers, and display cases.
A study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in 2010 found that refrigeration accounts for more than 50% of a grocery store's electricity consumption. Equipment upgrades might reduce energy usage by 10% to 30%. NYSERDA incentives help offset the purchase and installation costs for electric and gas efficiency upgrades. Innovative approaches to energy conservation, including renewable energy technologies and equipment to improve water conservation, will also be supported through this initiative. See the NYSERDA press release , the NYSERDA website , and the ACEEE study .