NYSERDA Joins U.S. Department of Energy to Improve Critical Energy Infrastructure in Communities through Combined Heat and Power Systems

New York Partnership to Conduct Pilot on Long Island

May 13, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced today that it has become a partner in the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Combined Heat and Power Resiliency Accelerator, to help the nation seize opportunities to improve critical infrastructure in communities. As a partner, NYSERDA will work to support and expand the use of combined heat and power technologies for improved efficiency and enhanced resiliency.

Combined heat and power is a technology that produces both electricity and heat on-site or near the point of use and, therefore, can continue to power a building when the utility grid is interrupted. The technology is well-proven at achieving greater energy efficiency, one of the goals of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy.

NYSERDA will coordinate a partnership consisting of the Long Island Power Authority, PSEG-Long Island, and National Grid's Keyspan Energy Delivery division. This team will conduct a pilot by reviewing the critical role combined heat and power played in providing uninterrupted energy to facilities on Long Island in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The team will subsequently distribute the results of its review and a compilation of best practices to all regions of the state.

"New York applauds the U.S. Department of Energy for establishing this Accelerator to speed the strategic deployment of combined heat and power technologies," said NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes. "Faster and broader growth of CHP usage is key to Governor Cuomo's nation-leading REV strategy that is building a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient system for all New Yorkers."

Also known as co-generation, combined heat and power uses on-site power generation to provide efficient and affordable energy every day, often shaving 15 to 30 percent off a building's existing energy consumption. It is currently employed in 570 buildings in New York State, approximately 13 percent of the 4,400 buildings nationwide that use the technology. These 570 CHP systems provide 5.7 gigawatts of power - enough to provide electricity to more than 4.2 million homes.

The Better Buildings Combined Heat and Power for Resiliency Accelerator supports the President's Climate Action Plan with a goal of accelerating investment in energy efficiency improvement projects across the country. The focus of the collaboration is to examine the perceptions and technology gaps of CHP among resiliency planners, and support the development of plans for communities to increase the adoption of CHP as a reliable, high efficiency, lower emissions electricity and thermal energy source for critical infrastructure.

"Thanks to a dedicated drive to actively create and share the best energy efficiency solutions, Better Buildings partners have dramatically cut their energy waste and saved more than a billion dollars since the Better Buildings initiative was launched five years ago," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. "As the initiative continues to grow, we are moving the nation forward by reducing energy costs and carbon emissions through energy efficiency."

Better Buildings Accelerators were developed based on high priority issues that organizations and governments across the U.S. are actively working to solve, despite critical policy, financial and technology challenges. In the recently-released 2016 Better Buildings Progress Update, DOE announced new partners in the Better Buildings Clean Energy in Low Income Communities Accelerator, aiming to lower energy bills in low income communities through expanded installation of energy efficiency and distributed renewables, and the Better Buildings Wastewater Infrastructure Accelerator working with partners to strive toward a 30 percent energy-use reduction in their participating energy efficiency water resource recovery facilities and to integrate at least one resource recovery measure.

As a cornerstone of the President's Climate Action Plan, the Better Buildings Initiative aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. This would save hundreds of billions of dollars on energy bills, reduce GHG emissions, and create thousands of jobs. Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency.

For a detailed progress update on Better Buildings Accelerators, and for more information on partners and their energy efficiency work, visit: http://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/accelerators

About Reforming the Energy Vision

Reforming the Energy Vision is New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. REV places clean, locally produced power at the core of New York's energy system which protects the environment and supports the State's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent while generating 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. Successful initiatives already launched as part of REV include NY-Sun, NY Green Bank, NY Prize, K-Solar, and includes a commitment to improve energy affordability for low-income communities. To learn more about REV, please visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY or follow us at @Rev4NY.

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