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$5 million clean energy and efficiency competition in New York

Staff Writer |
A clean energy competition that will award up to $5 million for the most forward-thinking, energy efficiency projects in Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo and Yonkers has been launched.

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The competition represents the latest phase of the Five Cities Energy Plans initiative, launched in 2015, to help the cities reduce overall energy costs and carbon emissions, advance energy sustainability, and support the creation of clean-energy technologies and jobs.

The Five Cities Energy Plans initiative supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system and to stimulate investment in clean technologies throughout New York State.

The program will also help meet the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard, which calls for half of the electricity consumed to be sourced from renewable energy by 2030 and the state’s goal to reduce carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul kicked off the competition in Rochester, where the city is working to replace tens of thousands of conventional lights with LED tubes.

The LED tubes will last thousands of hours longer than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs and use a fraction of the electricity. The lighting project is estimated to save the city over $300,000 in energy costs annually.

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