October 18, 2010

New York Among Top-Ranked States For Energy Efficiency Best Practices



October 14, 2010-New York State ranks among the top states in the nation for energy efficiency best practices, according to a recently released survey from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). 

"Energy efficiency investments are the key to strengthening New York's economy, protecting our environment, and increasing our energy security," said Francis J. Murray, Jr., President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).  "NYSERDA, along with the state's utilities, the Public Service Commission and other agencies will continue to build partnerships with businesses and homeowners across the state to achieve even greater efficiencies in the future." 

The ACEEE report reviewed utility and government policy and program practices in every state and ranked New York fourth in the nation, up from fifth in the nation in last year's survey.  The rankings are based on six criteria used to judge energy-efficiency practices:  Utility sector and public benefits programs and policies, transportation policies, building energy codes, combined heat and power (the use of waste heat to generate electricity), state government initiatives, and appliance-efficiency standards.

Murray said that NYSERDA's incentives supporting energy-efficiency and clean energy are saving New Yorkers more than $680 million annually on their energy bills.  Murray also noted that similar energy-efficiency programs administered by the State's public power authorities--the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA)--that serve Long Island, municipal electric systems and government customers  in New York have also contributed to New York's top ranking. 

ACEEE Executive Director Steven Nadel said: "Even as Washington dawdles on climate and clean energy, states are moving ahead with considerable vigor on these vital matters, with energy efficiency initiatives leading the way. In particular, states are moving forward and advancing energy efficiency policies and programs in an effort to create jobs and stimulate their economies during a period of considerable economic uncertainty. While $11 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds was helpful in this process and there were setbacks in a few states, the overall story here is one of states getting done what Congress has so far failed to do."

In New York State, energy efficiency investments by NYSERDA have produced important results:

  • Energy performance has been improved in more than 45,000 new or existing homes, 71,000 multi-family housing units, and 17,800 new or existing commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities.
  • More than 115,000 low-income customers have received energy-efficiency assistance.
  • Installed energy-efficiency measures reduce electricity consumption by 3,820 GWh per year and reduce peak demand by 824 MW.
  • Customers participating in the SBC program save nearly $680 million in annual energy costs. Every dollar invested in energy efficiency returns $4.70 in economic and environmental benefits.

To review the entire study, go to ACEEE:

NYSERDA offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels.  NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. A public benefit corporation, NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.