New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Oct. 10 announced the Decarbonization Leadership program, a decarbonization and electrification initiative administered by the New York Power Authority.
The initiative includes developing energy and emissions profiles of the state’s largest carbon-emitting facilities and decarbonization action plans that will guide state agencies on facility improvements that will reduce carbon emissions in support of the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act.
As part of New York’s 2023-2024 Enacted State Budget, NYPA was authorized and directed to develop decarbonization action plans for 15 of the highest emitting state facilities.
The future decarbonization projects will include innovative new technologies, such as thermal energy networks that would connect multiple buildings to carbon-free energy sources.
New York Power Authority President and CEO Justin Driscoll said, “The New York Power Authority will work with sustainability and facility operations leaders at some of our state’s highest carbon emitting facilities to develop decarbonization action plans that will inform and enable implementation of decarbonization projects.
The Power Authority is partnering on the new carbon reduction initiative with the City University of New York, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Office of Mental Health, the Office of General Services, and the State University of New York.
The Decarbonization Leadership program will enable state entities to build decarbonization action plans that will lead to impactful decarbonization and electrification projects.
NYPA already provides a wide variety of energy technology and renewable energy services to state and local governmental entities, including energy audits, project engineering, design, installation, and construction management.
Some of the energy efficiency projects implemented with customers by NYPA include high efficiency lighting retrofits, occupancy and daylighting lighting sensors, building and energy management systems, boilers, chillers, air-handling systems, thermal storage, microgrids, solar photovoltaic systems, digester gas systems, and emerging energy technologies. NYPA provides financing with full cost recovery from its customers.