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Builders and maintenance workers to be educated on energy usage in Empire State

Staff Writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $4.2 million is available to support programs providing training to building operations and maintenance workers on best practices to reduce energy use and energy bills in buildings across the state.

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The funding will advance the state’s goal to transition to 50 percent renewables by 2030 and reduce energy use in buildings by 23 percent over 1990 levels.

The funding is part of a broader statewide effort under the Clean Energy Fund to offer customized technical assistance to increase energy efficiency and drive greater use of renewable energy resources in commercial, industrial, multifamily and institutional buildings, and schools.

This training will help advance the state’s clean energy efforts because as energy use is reduced in buildings, fewer renewable energy resources will be needed to reach the 50 percent renewables goal.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, building owners can save five to 20 percent on their energy bills annually by implementing operations and maintenance best practices.

Best practices include requiring an energy management plan with energy-efficient operation as a primary component and using an energy accounting system to locate savings opportunities and track and measure the success of energy efficient strategies.

The $4.2 million Building Operations and Maintenance Workforce Training Program, administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, targets the workforce at the following: multifamily housing, office buildings, retail facilities, colleges and universities, hospitals and health care facilities, state and local government buildings, not-for-profit and private institutions, industrial facilities and public and private K-12 schools.

To be eligible for the funding, buildings or groups of buildings must have total annual energy expenditures of $1 million.

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