Five Cities Energy Program
Municipal Energy Plans Save Money and Reduce EmissionsEncompassing everything from transportation to outdoor lighting to building management, energy planning is a centerpiece of vibrant, growing communities. NYPA established the Five Cities Energy Program to demonstrate the value of municipal energy planning and to create a process that other cities can follow. The plans for Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers will strengthen the reliability and resiliency of their energy infrastructure; spur clean energy investment and economic development; reduce energy consumption and related expenses; contribute to a cleaner environment; and enhance quality of life. Each city’s plan covers four action areas:
The plans outline goals, objectives and initiatives designed to improve energy procurement and management, and foster public-private cooperation around clean energy deployment.
Building performance improvements save energy and money. Strategies include building standards and energy code compliance; improved data collection and reporting; public awareness and education; and innovative financing mechanisms to unlock local markets and suppliers for implementing energy efficiency strategies.
Faster-moving, cleaner cities need compact and transit-oriented development; congestion reduction strategies; alternative transportation infrastructure; and clean vehicle deployment. Strategies include zoning and development standards; public and private fleets; transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure; and streetlight improvements.
The rapid evolution of technology is bringing about innovation in renewable energy technologies such as solar PV and distributed energy generation infrastructure such as microgrids. The plans call for initiatives that will allow the Five Cities to lead by example, and others that support community action and private investment.