Energy Efficiency Improvements at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood Will Save Taxpayers $114,000 Annually
Upgrades Support State Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a $1 million energy-saving project in Brentwood at New York State Office of Mental Health’s Pilgrim Psychiatric Center. The energy efficiency project will save $114,000 in annual energy costs and remove nearly 500 tons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere every year—the equivalent of taking more than 100 cars off the road.
"With these efficiency projects, New York continues to set the standard for innovation and smart clean energy initiatives that help save taxpayer money, reduce our carbon footprint and help preserve our environment for future generations of New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "This is one more step toward a cleaner, greener, and more energy efficient New York for all."
The energy-saving measures made at the Office of Mental Health's Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, a 290 bed inpatient and outpatient facility, included enhanced boiler controls, high efficiency outdoor lighting around the complex and improvements to the air-handling system.
The New York Power Authority financed and implemented the energy efficiency upgrades, which were carried out under Governor Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program, a comprehensive statewide initiative to increase energy efficiency in public buildings, and supports the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. Pilgrim has had a 12 percent reduction in energy use intensity since 2010, putting them on track to meet the BuildSmart program’s like-minded goal of 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency by 2020. The measures also support New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a statewide energy system that is clean, resilient and affordable for all New Yorkers.
Richard Kauffman, Chairman, Energy and Finance, New York State, said, “Governor Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard mandate sets out for New York to obtain half of its electricity from renewable sources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990s levels by 2030. To succeed in meeting those ambitious goals, it’s not enough to add renewable generation, we also need to reduce our collective energy use. Projects like this one at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center enable organizations to reduce their energy expenditure and are critical to our success.”
Gil C. Quiniones, New York Power Authority President and CEO, said, “The Power Authority is financing hundreds of millions of dollars in energy efficiency improvements across the state as part of Governor Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program. Our government partners, like OMH, have been eager to participate, which has resulted in big savings for taxpayers and the widescale reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from public buildings.”
Dr. Ann Sullivan, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health, said, “Making our facilities, like Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, more energy efficient benefits all New Yorkers. We are proud this facility now has an updated, state-of-the-art clean energy system that protects the environment and saves taxpayer dollars on energy costs. We applaud the Governor’s efforts to increase renewable energy use across New York State.”
Nearly half of the project costs were tied to capital improvement measures. By upgrading to energy efficient technology, which costs roughly $550,000 more than a similar replacement to the existing equipment, OMH will achieve a simple five-year payback on its investment.
BuildSmart NY, launched by Governor Cuomo in 2012, calls for an increase in energy efficiency in state government buildings by 20 percent by 2020. The initiative will save millions of dollars for taxpayers and create thousands of jobs while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To date, New Yorkers have saved tens of millions of dollars in utility costs under BuildSmart NY.
Reforming the Energy Vision
Reforming the Energy Vision is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's strategy to lead on climate change and grow New York's economy. REV is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers by stimulating investment in clean technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency and generating 50 percent of the state's electricity needs from renewable energy by 2030. Already, REV has driven 795 percent growth in the statewide solar market, enabled over 105,000 low-income households to permanently cut their energy bills with energy efficiency, and created thousands of jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and other clean tech sectors. REV is ensuring New York reduces statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and achieves the internationally recognized target of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. To learn more about REV, including the Governor's $5 billion investment in clean energy technology and innovation, visit www.ny.gov/REV4NY and follow us at @Rev4NY.