New York Power Authority's Energy Services Schools Program Receives National Honor
Supports Gov. Cuomo's Build Smart NY Initiative

Denise Ellison
(914) 390-8168

April 26, 2013


WHITE PLAINS — The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced today that the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit research group based in Washington, D.C., has recognized NYPA’s Energy Services Schools Program as part of the group’s National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs.

The Power Authority introduced its Energy Services for Schools Program more than 20 years ago, with participation from a small number of schools in New York City. The initiative has expanded throughout the state and has financed project installations totaling more than $400 million at hundreds of schools. NYPA is the lead organization in implementing Build Smart NY, a major statewide initiative by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to reduce energy use in state buildings. Under the direction of Governor Cuomo, NYPA is also working to include county and local New York governments and public schools as part of Build Smart NY.

“The Power Authority is extremely proud to be recognized by the ACEEE for our Energy Efficiency for Schools Program, which saves schools approximately $36 million annually in energy costs and eliminates nearly 180,000 tons in greenhouse gas emissions.” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “Energy efficiency remains a top priority at the Power Authority and we continue to work closely with Governor Cuomo in support of his ambitious Build Smart NY initiative.”

"Green investment in schools improves school district energy efficiency, allowing greater resources to be devoted to the classroom,” said John B. King, Jr., New York State Education Commissioner. “NYPA’s Energy Services for Schools Program has been a helpful, long-time partner with our school districts.  The Education Department will continue to encourage schools to partner with NYPA on this important work.'

“ACEEE conducted its national review to recognize outstanding energy efficiency programs and honor the people and organizations responsible for their success,” said Seth Nowak, ACEEE’s lead analyst on this review. “Programs such as NYPA’s Energy Services for Schools Program demonstrate the very real value of energy efficiency to the customers it serves.”

Since its inception, NYPA’s Energy Services for Schools Program has benefited more than 1,300 schools in 33 counties. The projects have ranged from installation of new lighting and sensors to replacement of coal boilers with clean natural gas furnaces.

“The Power Authority’s outstanding energy efficiency program is of great value to schools because it helps to reduce their energy costs,” said Ashok Gupta, director of programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council.  “NYPA makes it easier for schools to participate, by offering attractive low-interest and long-term loans for efficiency projects that save money, reduce energy consumption, lower carbon pollution and ultimately benefit the environment.”

NYPA’s energy efficiency programs provide significant value to schools and other public facilities through NYPA’s long-term financing and turnkey services ranging from identifying energy-saving opportunities to design, engineering and construction work.

NYPA has committed to spearheading $450 million in energy-efficiency projects, under Build Smart NY, at state facilities over the next several years and another $350 million in improvements benefiting county and local New York governments.

Governor Cuomo’s Build Smart NY Initiative will support his call for 20 percent energy efficiency in seven years by using 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. Build Smart NY will accelerate projects that produce the greatest savings and coordinate all spending. 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 coordinates 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

About NYPA:

The New York Power Authority has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his  Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ 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. ■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA 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 visit or follow @NYPAenergy on Twitter.

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