Sustainable Energy Taking Root in New York

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In 2014, New York received 25% of its electricity from renewable resources. In 2015, the state established a goal to increase that percentage to 50%. In 2017, NYSERDA and NYPA announced a solicitation for up to 2.5 million megawatt hours of renewable electricity. The NYPA launched the K-Solar program to install solar arrays to power school buildings, and NYSERDA released an Offshore Wind (OSW) master plan to build an OSW farm capable of powering up to 50,000 homes. The NY-Sun program reached a milestone in 2016 when Long Island’s residential solar market became the first in NY to become self-sufficient. Initiatives like these and others require a fair amount of construction supplies for efficient and accurate execution.

PowerPak partners with New York companies like Con Edison that are committed to making sustainable energy a reality.

Buildings and Energy Efficiency

“Energy efficiency is among the most essential and cost-efficient actions needed to support an effective climate policy. Energy efficiency is a smart investment—reducing overall energy spend, system costs, and emissions in a cost-effective manner.” – 2017 Biennial Report to the 2015 State Energy Plan

One of the state’s primary goals is to reduce overall non-renewable energy use, giving contractors the opportunity to help customers transition to more energy-efficient utilities. One of the initiatives to achieve energy efficiency is RetrofitNY. This program aims to deliver deep energy retrofits to all of New York’s existing multi-family residential buildings. The goal is to bring these buildings to or close to net-zero energy performance.

Sustainable and Resilient Communities

NYSERDA launched the Clean Energy Communities program in August of 2016. The initiative provides direct technical support, tools, and resources for local governments to launch their own sustainability programs. As an incentive, the Clean Energy Communities team will recognize local governments that demonstrate clean energy leadership through completing high-impact actions. Local governments that complete four of ten high-impact actions qualify for a grant of up to $250,000 to help with future energy initiatives.

Another program is the REV Campus Challenge for New York colleges and universities. Institutions that participate receive access to NYSERDA’s Roadmaps Technical Assistance program, opening the door for funding to work with energy consultants to understand and pursue clean energy opportunities on campus. The initiative enlisted the bright minds of the future to develop solutions and called on students at member institutions to submit proposals for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and GHG-reduction solutions for their campuses and surrounding communities. In the first round alone, there were over 40 proposals submitted. A total of $1 million was awarded to the winners at Bard College, SUNY at Buffalo, and SUNY Broome Community College to pursue their programs.

Over half of New York’s power infrastructure is over 35 years old. Maintaining the infrastructure as it is would cost billions of dollars, so modernizing the power grid is both cost and energy-efficient.

REV is leading the charge for infrastructure modernization by promoting investments at the customer end of the electric system, harnessing digital technology with two-way communicating smart meters, demand management programs, energy efficiency, solar energy, EVs, and energy storage ranging from household batteries to EVs.

The utilities filed a supplemental DSIP to identify common tools, processes, and protocols to manage DERs and support retail markets over the next five years. PowerPak gives you access to these approved tools and the tools you need to follow the correct processes and protocols.

The modernization effort also provides jobs for contractors and construction workers. In fact, with nearly 146,000 employees in the clean energy sector, it’s one of the fastest-growing segments in the New York labor market.

All information about New York State Energy Initiatives Was Sourced Directly From the 2017 Biennial Report to the 2015 State Energy Plan

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