New York Invests $24 Million In Stimulus Funds For State Energy Programs

03/11/2009 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that $24 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding has been awarded to support 87 energy conservation projects across New York that will help implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean fleet projects.

These projects will reduce energy and operating costs by more than $6.5 million annually and fully return the initial investment in just over five years. Through these awards New York continues to invest in a clean energy economy and achieve Governor Paterson’s goal of meeting 45 percent of our energy needs through energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2015.

“During a time of declining resources, these funds will provide public and non-profit entities with critical resources needed to make long-term investments that will reduce their energy costs and save taxpayers money,” Governor Paterson said. “These investments will invigorate the State’s economy, heighten the demand for clean renewable technologies, and help put New Yorkers to work in the clean energy economy. I applaud President Obama and our Congressional Delegation for their work to secure these critical funds that promote economic recovery, energy independence and strong environmental stewardship.”

The projects, which were competitively selected under the State Energy Program, represent the first step of funding from a program that will total $74 million. Additional awards are expected to be made before the end of the year. Measures funded include installation of lighting and lighting controls, solar photovoltaic systems, high efficiency biomass boilers, solar thermal and small wind generators and alternative-fuel refueling stations and vehicles. Award recipients include municipalities, public schools, universities and colleges, hospitals and not-for-profit agencies.

More than 427 proposals were received by NYSERDA and evaluated on a competitive basis. Primary selection criteria included technical viability, cost-effectiveness, demonstration of compliance with program requirements, and cost sharing. Each awardee must still successfully enter into contract and meet all ARRA requirements prior to funding being released.

Francis J. Murray, Jr., NYSERDA President and CEO said: “Implementing energy efficiency and conservation measures is absolutely critical to achieving the State’s mission to reduce energy consumption, protect the environment and attain energy security. The State Energy Program fits hand in glove with the Governor’s ambitious energy goals of meeting 45 percent of the State’s electricity needs through improved energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2015, and reducing greenhouse gas pollution within the State by 80 percent by the year 2050. NYSERDA looks forward to working with the award recipients to help them achieve the greatest savings possible.”

The next round of funding for the remaining $49.9 million has been announced with proposals due to NYSERDA on November 23, 2009. Additional due dates will be available pending remaining funding availability. Visit http://www.nyserda.org/funding/1613rfp.asp for more information about RFP 1613.

A detailed table of the energy conservation projects awarded can be found at:http://www.nyserda.org/economicrecovery/awarded.asp

Senator Charles Schumer said: “It is critical to the environment, national security and the economy that we decrease our dependence on polluting foreign fossil fuels. By providing this Economic Recovery funding to these new, cleaner energy programs, we will develop sustainable energy technologies that will save New York millions of dollars.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said: “These are great investments for New York. These federal dollars will help cities, schools and universities across the state use more clean, renewable sources of energy to cut down on their emissions, improve our environment and save millions on energy costs. I will continue working with Governor Paterson, Senator Schumer and the entire Congressional Delegation to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government.”

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy said: “I am pleased that Governor Paterson has certified $24 million for energy projects in New York State. I am particularly pleased that over $2 million of this funding will go to Long Island to help our Villages, Towns, Schools and Hospitals improve their energy efficiency. Improving the energy efficiency of our Villages, Towns and buildings is good for the environment and good for national security. The funding is another example of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at work, improving Long Island’s infrastructure and getting Americans back to work.”

Congressman Scott Murphy said: “This announcement represents a critical step toward a new energy economy for New York. By investing in conservation and new technologies, we can improve our energy efficiency and bring down costs for consumers and small businesses. We are also laying the foundation for renewable energy sources – the development of which will increase New York’s competitiveness and create clean energy jobs right here at home.”

Congressman Paul Tonko said: “The investment we’re making through the Recovery Act in efficiency and conservation projects will lay the groundwork for a cleaner, greener energy outcome for New York State. These projects will not just reduce our gluttonous dependence on fossil fuels, but they will also help create and retain jobs and give a boost to our economy. I look forward to working with Governor Paterson and NYSERDA as we work towards meeting the state’s ambitious energy goals.”

Congressman Edolphus ‘Ed’ Towns said: “I am pleased that we are focusing our efforts on improving energy efficiency at major Brooklyn facilities like The Pratt Institute and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. These energy-saving projects will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and provide jobs in emerging sectors like renewable energy and green technology.”

Senator Darrel J. Aubertine, chair of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, said: “Investing in new energy technologies throughout New York State will not only help conserve energy to reduce expenses for schools, not for profits and municipalities, protect our environment and move our state toward energy independence, but these investments will also help to create jobs in new and emerging industries. As we continue our efforts to build a green economy, it is these projects along with programs such as Green Jobs/Green New York and the development of a state energy plan, which will create the jobs we need to help us emerge from this fiscal crisis stronger. We must continue working to ensure that Upstate New York plays a central role in this new economy. I want to applaud the Governor for his leadership and thank our federal representatives for their work in securing this funding.”

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Chair of the Assembly Energy Committee, said: “Investments in efficiency, conservation and alternative energy offer the clearest path to economic security and energy independence. These common sense and cost effective measures will provide immediate benefits to the environment and public health by reducing carbon emissions and our demand dirty fossil-based fuels. I applaud Governor Paterson for continuing to demonstrate that he is the leading government executive in nation when it comes to energy policy.”

Source: http://thegovmonitor.com/world_news/united_states/new-york-invests-24-million-in-stimulus-funds-for-state-energy-programs-13229.html

 

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