N.Y. Power Authority and Office of General Services Announce Energy Efficiency Projects at Harriman State Office Building Campus and Empire State Plaza
$1.9 Million Projects Support Gov. Cuomo's Build Smart NY Initiative

Deidrea Miller
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February 1, 2013


ALBANY—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) today announced the start of construction on a $648,000 energy efficiency project at the W. Averell Harriman State Office Building Campus and the completion of a $1.3 million energy efficiency upgrade at the Sheridan Avenue steam plant, which serves the Empire State Plaza. The two Albany projects will save taxpayers an estimated $220,000 in annual energy costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 781 tons a year.

These projects support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious “Build Smart NY” initiative to increase energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent over the next seven years by strategically accelerating priority improvements in energy performance. The initiative will save taxpayers millions of dollars and create thousands of jobs.

“The Build Smart NY program recognizes the value of energy-saving technologies for managing taxpayer dollars, spurring job development and lessening climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions,” Governor Cuomo said.  “Investment in energy efficiency is part of a proactive approach for meeting future electricity needs and taking steps to improve fiscal, economic and environmental conditions. All of this will be furthered by our Build Smart NY initiative and its priority of getting the most value from energy efficiency investments through dollars well-spent.”

Harriman State Office Building Campus, located on 330 acres in western Albany, will have new energy efficiency upgrades installed at the state government office buildings. The upgrades will include new fluorescent high-bay lighting and premium efficiency motors for pumps and fans. Upon completion by year’s end, these improvements will lower electricity usage at the Harriman office buildings by nearly 422,000 kilowatt-hours per year.  

The Empire State Plaza, located on 98 acres in downtown Albany, houses cultural spaces, restaurants, and administrative offices. The Power Authority’s installation of a micro-steam turbine, completed in January, will reduce the electricity requirements of the Sheridan Avenue plant. The turbine was manufactured by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville, Allegany County.

“The Power Authority continues to make significant progress fulfilling the goals of Governor Cuomo’s Build Smart NY plan,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer.  “The Harriman State Office Building Campus and Empire State Plaza projects are just two of the many projects that NYPA will undertake in 2013 to decrease demand on the state’s power grid and greenhouse gas emissions.”

“Governor Cuomo has raised the bar for improving the energy efficiency of the thousands of New York State government facilities, with the goal of reducing energy consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020,” said RoAnn M. Destito, OGS commissioner. “OGS and the Power Authority—two key state entities for underpinning the state’s energy efficiency—are making great strides toward achieving this goal.  The newly started energy-saving initiative at the Harriman Building campus and the recently completed upgrade at the Sheridan Avenue plant are  the most recent examples and forerunners of numerous other similar projects to come under the Governor’s Build Smart NY plan.”

NYPA and OGS have partnered on $89 million in energy efficiency projects at 63 facilities, saving taxpayers more than $7.9 million and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 57,875 tons annually. The Power Authority and OGS are currently reviewing 15 projects for consideration in 2013 and beyond, in support of Build Smart NY, with five projects currently underway.

Build Smart NY will prioritize the use of state building energy data to prioritize projects that will deliver the greatest energy savings per dollar spent.  The largest and most inefficient buildings will be addressed first and undergo comprehensive whole-building improvements.  The program will also ensure that cost-effective improvements for energy savings are considered in all the state’s capital project planning.

In addition to its energy savings goals, Build Smart NY supports Governor Cuomo’s larger NY Works program and economic development agenda, which coordinate state funding to accelerate projects that will create jobs and improve the state’s infrastructure. NY Works is designed to expedite select projects with maximum economic impact, allowing them to begin as soon as possible and reduce project costs by hundreds of millions of dollars.

A Build Smart NY web platform was launched that posts progress reports, case studies, energy savings, project costs, and other information to the public, providing greater accountability and transparency on government spending and performance. For more information on this initiative, visit

Over the next four years, the Power Authority will finance an additional $800 million in support of Build Smart goals and similar improvements at county and local government buildings across the state.

NYPA recovers its costs by sharing in the resulting electric bill savings with the public facilities.  Once fully recovered over several years’ time, the beneficiary keeps all of the savings, freeing up money for their essential services.


About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority 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. ■NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.■It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information,

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