Five Cities Energy Plan Helping New York Increase Efficiency & Reduce Emissions

New York’s Five Cities Energy Plan to Reduce Costs, Consumption and Emissions

Breaking  Energy, February 19, 2015

At the New York Power Authority (NYPA), we firmly believe that when you know more about energy consumption, you can take real and meaningful steps to reduce it. Last year, NYPA embarked on an ambitious project to create comprehensive, crowdsourced, energy efficiency plans for Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers. Municipal buildings in these cities alone generated a combined 11,700,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. By working with each city and its constituents, NYPA has completed the Five Cities Energy Plans to help these cities re-think the way they consume energy and become more efficient.

Key Findings:

  • Vehicles in the five cities traveled almost 6 billion miles — enough to make over 12,440 round trip visits to the moon.
  • The amount of greenhouse gases emitted per year by the cities (11.7M metric tons) could power more than 1 million homes for a year.
  • Municipal building energy costs were $29.3M – the equivalent of buying 854 Chevy Volt electric cars.
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