ENERGY COMMITTEE MEETING 10-20-16
Attending Meeting: Jen White, Jim Politi, John Pintos, Bruce Kenney, Marcy Denker, Sandra Stead (NYPA)
Sandra Stead, Energy Manager, Build Smart NY representing the New York Power Authority (NYPA), presented information about three important clean energy initiatives currently offered by NYS.
1. LED Lighting
Sandra presented a Total Project Summary for NYPA’s Energy Efficiency Program for purchasing streetlight fixtures (cobra heads) from O & R and converting to LED lighting. The proposal is attached. Sandra will send a list of other companies that are competing for this work.
Clarkstown has reviewed proposals and opted to sign with NYPA. The cost of the design-construction-management with the other companies was lower but the financing was lower with NYPA. We should get this nailed down soon and apply for incentives available from O&R and NYSERDA.
· Talk to Jeremy Scott at O & R about how to lock in the 10% discount on the lights.
· Talk to Brad Tito at NYSERDA about the incentives from NYS.
· Find out what Clarkstown paid.
· Talk to Dan Duthie about negotiating the price with O & R. (NYPA doesn’t do this.)
· Consider manufacturers, which will inform the specs. Talk to Clarkstown about their preference for Cree.
· Talk to Clarkstown, South Nyack, Orangetown and others to see about combining contracts for installation and maintenance.
· Contact suppliers for information about products.
· Arrange for pilot projects to test out various lights, dimmers, shades etc.
· Review 2 types of loan agreements (from Treasury at NYPA).
2. Electric Vehicles
NYPA has a program called Charge NY, which aims to accelerate the use of electric vehicles and make the use of charging stations economical. Funding is first-come-first-served. Application deadline Dec. 31. An info page is attached.
· Choose potential locations for charging stations ( at least two) for public use.
· Consider purchase of lease of battery EVs or plug-in hybrids for governmental fleets (electric bikes?)
· Contact electrician to help us evaluate sites. The installation can be by a local electrician. We would be reimbursed for expenses.
· Apply no later than Dec. 31.
3. Clean Energy Communities
This new NYSERDA program gives us the opportunity to apply for $100,000 in funding, with no match, for an energy efficiency project. We would need to achieve 4 High-Impact Actions, two of them after August 1, 2016. We have achieved two that qualify – our Solarize Nyack campaign and the adoption of the Unified Solar Permit. There are five others we can start work on right away, and we should determine which two we can complete soonest. I have attached the pages about each of the five actions. The five actions are:
Adopt a policy to report the energy use of municipal buildings on an annual basis. If the disclosure of energy use in large private buildings.
2. Clean Energy Upgrades
Achieve a 10 percent reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions from municipal buildings through energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy. (Note that NYPA offers some sort of Energy Masterplanning.)
3. LED Street Lights
Convert at least half of the municipal cobra-head-style street lights within the jurisdiction to energy-efficient LED technology.
4. Clean Fleets
Install an EV charging station and/or other alternative fuel infrastructure or deploy alternative fuel vehicles in the municipal fleet.
5. Energy Code Enforcement Training
Train code compliance officers and other municipal officials in best practices in energy code enforcement through training, collaborative plans reviews, and joint onsite inspections of local construction projects.
I have asked Adam Boese, who prepared our municipal energy Flextech audit, to include some guidance on how to use our audit report for the benchmarking and upgrade actions. He will be presenting the report at a public workshop on Nov.
At this point it seems .hat the two items we can probably achieve first at benchmarking and energy code enforcement training.
As for what kind of project we would want to use that money for, I’m not sure. We should think about it. But since there was really nothing achieved in our Comprehensive Plan Update regarding high performance building and landscape requirements for new construction, maybe we can work on that somehow.