NYSERDA CHP and Wastewater Efficiency Programs Are Nationwide Models

Blog Post | September 22, 2010 - 12:18 pm

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) earned recognition for three outstanding programs in ACEEE's latest States Stepping Forward report, which can be accessed here. The programs present unique, innovative models to hasten the market penetration of energy efficiency technologies in municipal wastewater facilities, commercial facilities, and industrial buildings. 

The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Demonstration Program, a top award-winner, is a competitive cost-share program that provides financial support for the permanent installation of CHPsystems. For a single site, NYSERDA may provide up to 50% of the project cost up to $2 million. Recently, NYSERDA added a Fleet Demonstration category in which it may provide 30-50% of the project cost up to $4 million for the installation of CHPsystems at multiple sites under common control. During the project lifecycle, NYSERDA provides technical and contractual support. There are currently 107 sites within NYSERDA’s portfolio; 65 of those sites, embodied in 59 projects, are operational. As of December 2009, the 59 installed CHPsystems are seeing an annual savings of 109,461 MWh/year. Once all the projects in NYSERDA’s portfolio are constructed and fully operational, they will result in a peak reduction of 203 MW and an installed capacity of 138 MW.

Also earning top honors, the Wastewater Efficiency Program is a young program that has already proven to be a model program design for states intent on improving the energy efficiency of wastewater systems. By approaching wastewater energy efficiency with a comprehensive approach using a baseline standard practice, this program promises to reveal new opportunities for public sector energy efficiency initiatives. During 2009, the designs for 25 capital projects with an estimated project cost of $421 million were reviewed in less than 6 months. More than 16,100 MWh/year and nearly 53,000 MMBtu/year in savings were identified (when compared to the baseline standard practices that could have been used to achieve the treatment objectives).  Every dollar spent on energy evaluations helped leverage an anticipated $3.60 of annual energy savings for customers when compared to the energy use of the Baseline Standard Practice for relevant treatment processes.

The New York Energy $martSM Commercial Lighting Program also earned recognition in the honorable mention category of the States Stepping Forward report. The program provides incentives for commercial spaces of 100,000 square feet or less to improve lighting fixtures and design. The program has successfully encouraged the adoption of emerging technologies such as high performance T8 ballasts and led to sustained changes in the lighting design practices of participating energy service companies (ESCOs), architects, engineers, and interior designers. The program partners with over 900 mid-market companies on over 1,550 quality lighting design projects covering over 13 million square feet.  These projects have resulted in a reduction in summer peak demand of over 21.3 MW and in energy consumption of over 78.6 GWh.