Cuomo, NYPA tout energy projects at public buildings

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The state’s power authority funded 83 projects aimed at making public buildings more energy efficient last year, upgrades that totalled more than $88 million, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The New York Power Authority is set to release a list today of all the completed projects, ranging from a $32,620 insulation upgrade in the village of Endicott, Broome County, to an $8.8 million project involving a cogeneration plant on Riker’s Island.

“Increasing energy efficiency statewide in public facilities is a common-sense investment in New York’s future and a core component of the state’s energy, economic development and environmental policies,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Other projects completed in 2012 included the installation of energy efficient lighting in the Rockland Psychiatric Center ($747,798) and $4.8 million in upgrades at SUNY Brockport.

Overall, the $88 million worth of projects is projected to save $6.4 million in energy costs annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 34,000 tons, according to Cuomo’s office.

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