New Efficiency: New York

Energy efficiency is one of the cornerstones in New York State’s national leadership on clean energy and combatting climate change. Through a new comprehensive strategy, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has set the State on a path to accelerate energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease consumer energy costs, and create job opportunities.

The New Efficiency: New York report recommends a comprehensive mix of strategies to support building developers, commercial and institutional building owners, industrial facilities, and residential households to pursue improvements that reduce energy consumption across the State. These efficiency improvements will enable New York to meet an ambitious new target of 185 trillion Btus (British thermal units) of end-use energy savings below the 2025 energy-use forecast. That’s equivalent to saving the energy consumed by 1.8 million New York homes. By meeting this 2025 energy efficiency target, New York will deliver nearly one-third of its greenhouse gas emissions goal of a 40% reduction by 2030.

Alongside this new target, New York State is catalyzing the innovation needed to bring energy efficiency into homes and businesses with energy benchmarking and new data-driven tools, State appliance standards and accelerated building codes, and other efforts to stimulate advancement in building electrification and heat pumps. Another priority is ensuring a substantial portion of new activities in energy efficiency benefit New Yorkers with low-to-moderate incomes. To help build the workforce for this rapidly growing industry, NYSERDA is committing an additional $36.5 million to train over 19,500 New Yorkers for clean energy jobs.

As part of this initiative, New York’s utilities are called upon to achieve significantly more, in both scale and innovation, in their energy efficiency activities. The New York State Public Service Commission’s (PSC) December 2018 OrderLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. [PDF] adopts significantly accelerated utility energy efficiency targets, which will double utility energy efficiency achievement over 2019 to 2025, including a subsidary goal for energy savings from the installation of heat pumps. The PSC action further requires that a minimum of 20 percent of the additional public investment in energy efficiency be dedicated to the low-to-moderate income sector.

Visit the Department of Public Service’s pageLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. for more information on New York State’s comprehensive energy efficiency initiative and the PSC Order Adopting Accelerated Energy Efficiency Targets.

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