NYPA’s Empire State Plaza Plan September 23 2019, 0 Comments

Also from Marie French of Politico New York Energy (2019 09 19):

The Empire State Plaza will continue to be hooked up to the grid with electricity usage offset by a remote solar project under a new plan proposed by the New York Power Authority. The plan for the Office of General Services also calls for the electrification of one of the chillers that cools the massive state government complex in the summer, about 100,000 LED light installations and the demolition of a smokestack on Sheridan Avenue. On-site rooftop solar and some energy storage are also under discussion, said NYPA's Kim Harriman. The authority has abandoned its initial proposal, which would have replaced six natural gas boilers with two combined heat and power units to produce both heat and electricity… The idea of using natural gas to power the seat of state government faced staunch local opposition and outcry from environmental activists who questioned how the move fit with ambitious statewide renewable and emissions reduction goals.
Kudos to Jay Egg, Sheridan Hollow for Renewable Energy (SHARE), Albany County Legislator Merton Simpson and Keith Schue, among others, for their remarkable work in turning NYPA away from building another fracked gas power plant.