New York announces energy efficiency budget for municipalities


The federal government will provide the energy efficiency funding through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) over the next two years.

Municipalities will use the money provided by the state government to replace existing streetlights with energy efficiency LEDs.

By installing LED lights, the state government said it hopes 249 municipalities in the region will reduce energy costs by 65% and save up to $6 million in energy bills per annum.

The project is expected to help in reducing carbon emissions. The LED streetlights are also expected to help the state in meeting its targets of generating 50% of its energy from renewable energy by 2030.

According to NYSERDA, the installation of the streetlights by the first 20 municipalities to benefit from the funding will reduce carbon emissions by 42,000 metric tonnes over the next 15 years, equivalent to removing 8,840 cars from the road.

The Mid-Hudson Street Light Consortium will administer the initiative. The consortium will help municipalities in installation and maintenance of the streetlights. The initiative will improve municipality knowledge on streetlights through the implementation of webinars and workshops.

John B. Rhodes, CEO of NYSERDA, said: “Local governments are increasingly seeking new energy and cost savings opportunities to create more sustainable communities. This project will serve as a model for other regions and advances Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy for a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system.”

Energy efficiency funding and deployment

In early August, NYSERDA said it will use energy management firm Noveda Technologies’ energy efficiency solution to help owners of commercial buildings reduce their energy usage and costs.

NYSERDA said it use the technology in its real-time energy management (RTEM) programme.

The authority will provide $30 million for the implementation of the project aiming to help owners of the office buildings, universities, hospitals and retail stores to cut energy, operations and management costs by 5% to 25%.

Under the project, Noveda will provide its hardware including sensors and smart meters as well as its software technology to help building operators to analyse, manage and control their power usage in real time. [ComEd boosts consumer awareness on energy efficiency]

The programme will run for five years.


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.