SUNY pushes to save $1.2 million in energy costs

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM EDT

By David Bertola, Buffalo Business First Reporter

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SUNY pushes to save $1.2 million in energy costs

July 30, 2013 Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM EDT


The State University of New York says it will save more than $1.2 million annually in energy costs by incorporating energy-efficient information technology and related facility improvements on its 64 campuses.

The energy projects, expected to be completed in 2014, support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Build Smart New York initiative, aimed at increasing energy efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will provide performance-based incentives through its Industrial and Process Efficiency Program for energy-saving projects that support SUNY's system-wide Information Technology (IT) transformation.

The incentive is based on an energy savings of more than 10 million kilowatt hours annually, which is equivalent to providing electricity to 1,482 average-sized homes.

Campus projects supported by NYSERDA funding include relocation of campus information systems to one of the main data centers or to SUNY cloud-based technology, air-conditioning replacements and upgrades in support of the relocations and consolidation of IT services.

Gov. Cuomo's Build Smart New York Initiative supports his call for 20 percent energy efficiency in seven years by using state building energy data to prioritize projects that will deliver the greatest energy savings per dollar spent.

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