The New York Power Authority is working with Rochester and four other cities on energy master plans as part of the state’s energy efficiency initiative.
Architecture and engineering firm LaBella Associates P.C. has been selected by NYPA to tailor specific energy-use circumstances and features for Rochester, officials said Thursday.
Rochester’s master plan will focus on improving energy efficiency in four areas:
- energy planning and coordination. including the city’s energy purchases,
- energy delivery infrastructure,
- transportation, including the city’s transportation fleet and transit centers, and
- energy efficiency in buildings.
The goal is to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, advance energy sustainability and support green industries and jobs, NYPA officials said.
NYPA plans to work with local utilities, civic and government entities, and environmental groups. including the Genesee Transportation Council, the Rochester District Heating Cooperative, the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Institute for Sustainability and Rochester Gas and Electric Corp.
Similar initiatives are under way with the cities of Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse and Yonkers. The master plans are expected to be completed later this year.
Ideas can be submitted at www.nypa.gov/buildsmartny/fivecities.html.
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