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New York City Aims to Reduce Municipal Energy Consumption

A new short-term action plan aims to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the city's municipal buildings and operations by 30 percent by 2017, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced.

By CP Editorial Staff    Energy Efficiency   Article Use Policy

A new short-term action plan aims to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from the city's municipal buildings and operations by 30 percent by 2017, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced.

The short-term action plan includes 132 projects throughout all five boroughs and is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 34,000 tons annually.

The projects in this plan include lighting replacement and sensor installation; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning improvements; water and sewer equipment upgrades and vehicle replacements.

The plan for the current fiscal year was developed by the steering committee created by an executive order signed by Bloomberg in October. The steering committee is also charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive 10-year energy conservation plan, which will be submitted to Bloomberg by June 30, 2008.

In creating the short-term action plan, the steering committee sought projects with a rapid return on investment and overall energy savings, and considered proposals developed by the DCAS Office of Energy Conservation and by several of the City's largest energy-using agencies. The steering committee also identified a series of pilot programs, studies, and advisory services to help implement these projects and to develop the 10-year plan.

The City, which accounts for approximately 6.5 percent of New York City's total energy usage and 10 percent of its peak electricity demand, will finance the 10-year plan with an annual commitment of 10 percent ($80 million in Fiscal Year 2008) of the city's annual energy expenditures.

posted on 12/12/2007



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