BuildSmart NY Monitoring Energy Usage to Improve Efficiency

State installs real-time energy monitoring to cut costs

Capital, November 4, 2014

In a small, nondescript office above the flashy glass-and-steel entrance to the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, the New York Power Authority’s new NY Energy Manager program is making the task of managing state energy use as simple as the click of a mouse.

Announced on Oct. 21 as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY initiative to improve energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent by 2020, NY Energy Manager ‘s aim is to provide up-to-the-minute energy usage data to state building operators so that they can see exactly where they can improve efficiency and cut energy costs in over 3,000 public buildings.

The information the program runs on now is largely self-reported. Most buildings submit their their usage data based on information they get from utility companies or their own internal systems. A few hundred buildings are able to report their useage instantaneously – the eventual goal for all state buildings.

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