- Governor David A. Paterson
announced that $24 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding has been awarded to 206 energy conservation projects. These energy efficiency and renewable energy projects will help 137 municipalities throughout the State reduce energy and operating costs by $3.3 million annually and fully return the initial investment in less than nine years.
"These funds will provide our cities, towns and villages with critical resources needed to make long-term investments that will reduce energy costs and save taxpayer money," Governor Paterson said. "These projects will build on our efforts to invest in clean energy initiatives that will help put New Yorkers back to work, reduce our impact on the environment and cut local government costs. I applaud President Obama and our Congressional Delegation for their work to secure these critical funds that promote economic recovery, energy independence and strong environmental stewardship."
The projects were competitively selected through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program and are projects that municipalities have identified as local priorities to reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency in buildings, transportation systems, waste management practices, and other operations.
These funds will benefit a variety of facilities, including fire stations, libraries, town halls, waste water treatment plants, and others. Measures funded include installation of lighting, heating, and cooling systems and controls to increase efficiency; building envelope improvements; renewable energy measures including photovoltaic systems, high efficiency biomass boilers, solar thermal systems, and small wind generators; and recycling programs.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) President and CEO Francis J. Murray said: "The federal stimulus program is providing greatly-needed funding to help local governments reduce their energy costs while helping New York State reduce its overall energy consumption and greenhouse gas pollution. The clean energy measures this funding supports will create jobs and help meet Governor David A. Paterson's ambitious clean energy goals. NYSERDA looks forward to working with the award recipients to help them achieve the greatest savings possible."
The distribution of funds by region is below:
• Long Island - $3,044,158
• Hudson Valley & Capital
District - $7,006,081
• Adirondacks - $3,687,183
• Central New York - $3,750,087
• Rochester/Genesee - $3,007,585
• Buffalo/Western New York - $3,574,695
NYSERDA received more than 420 proposals that were evaluated on a competitive basis. Primary selection criteria included technical viability, cost-effectiveness, demonstration of compliance with program requirements, and cost sharing. Each awardee must still successfully enter into contract and meet all ARRA requirements prior to funding being released.
Through these awards, New York continues to invest in a clean energy economy and work toward achieving Governor Paterson's goal of meeting 45 percent of the State's energy needs through energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2015. Governor Paterson's '45 by 15' program is one of the nation's most aggressive energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. It is conservatively estimated that this program will create 50,000 new jobs throughout the State.