Nyack Energy Committee
July 23, 2015
Attending: Bruce Kenney, Jim Politi, Marcy Denker, Jonathan Robins
Nyack resident and Jonathan Robins from Ember LED shared his knowledge and about LED and solar lighting related to Nyack’s park and street lights including considerations of brightness versus uniformity, color, Dark Sky compliance, inefficiencies.
Payback: Very quick payback for LED . We definitely should look to partner with other municipalities.
The “heritage” lights in Nyack (which the Village owns) are what he called “glare bombs” and we should consider changing them to get warm light that is directed effectively.
Refer to RP8 Lighting Design Standard to develop an effective design. Our lights are not designed for LED, but if converting we can keep the poles. Jon can send us some testing certification that would be appropriate for checking on any fixture. (??)
Controls/Monitoring: Roam from Acuity (smart technology) provides remote monitoring which would may us more effective owners.
Photometrics: Marcy mentioned that Howard Hellman from Allbright had suggested calling product reps to do the photometrics. Jon said we could do that but could use Dialux software since Marcy uses AutoCad. He can help with this.
We would need to consider various financing options.
We should research and propose Dark Sky ordinance.
Solar: Not a good option for Memorial Park since we already have power there.
Memorial Park next steps: Jim will contact Beth Franz to find out about lighting designers that QRP would currently recommend.
Update on O&R:
We now have access to Village data on the Municipal Lighting Portal. We need to analyze the data and submit a request for cost of the lights from O&R. We need to consider cost of asset, cost of conversion, estimated electric charge after, and monthly maintenance of converted lights.
2% program: O&R will convert this amount (or possibly more if other municipalities don’t take advantage of the program) free of charge. There is no downside apparently. The program for this year will be announced in September.
2. AC TEMPERATURE SETTINGS IN VILLAGE HALL
Marcy presented information from EPA and other sources about recommended setting for AC of 78 degrees and asked what can be done to make adjustments in Village Hall since the thermostat (in the large meeting room) is set at 68 in order to keep some of the offices cool enough. Jim said to follow up with Vince to find out what has been tried etc.
3. FLEXTECH AUDIT
VB is ready to approve except they are waiting to find out how much money is available.
4. EV STREAMLINED PERMITTING
Marcy discussed the NYSERDA Cleaner, Greener Communities EV streamlining incentive ($2500), which has several components related to permitting/code and parking regs the Village would adopt. Marcy will follow up with next steps.
5. MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS REDUCTION TARGETS AND COMMUNITY GHGI
We need to work on developing the reduction targets. The results of the FlexTech study will help with this, but Bruce recommends setting goals that are significant. We can get some help/review from Climate Smart Communities consultants.
For the Community GHGI Bruce can look at data that is already available in the Mid-Hudson Region Sustainability Plan.