NYPA’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for publicly owned facilities save taxpayers money while they help clean the air. We have upgraded lighting and sensors in buildings throughout the state, installed boilers and chillers, mounted solar panels, replaced windows and developed energy management systems.
Over the past decade, NYPA has completed energy efficiency projects at over two dozen wastewater facilities statewide, resulting in over $35 million in energy savings. In March 2009, we announced a campaign to reduce by approximately 20 percent the energy demand of water supply and wastewater treatment plants in New York State by 2015 and help to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Electricity constitutes between 25 and 40 percent of the budget of a typical wastewater treatment plant and 80 percent of the cost of processing and distributing drinking water. To achieve energy savings at these facilities, NYPA will promote a combination of on-site solar electric power systems, biogas recovery to supply on-site power, and energy efficiency measures.
Initiatives to date include: