ENYA 2015

Dr. Rohit T. Aggarwala*

Charged with developing a long-term strategy for the city’s future, and reporting to Deputy Mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff, Dr. Aggarwala hired and led a team of 20 staff; coordinated the work of more than 200 city staff across 12 agencies; and oversaw several consulting teams. After the plan’s launch, he oversaw the implementation of its 127 initiatives, ranging from congestion pricing to the planting of a million trees. One of his key achievements was building the enduring confidence of a broad group of stakeholders who continue to support PlaNYC.

As the mayor’s chief advisor on environmental policy, Dr. Aggarwala developed city policy on a range of issues, including state, national, and international climate change efforts. He acted as the mayor’s chief spokesperson on the environment, and was a frequent public speaker. He testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, the New York State Assembly, and the New York City Council, and appeared in television interviews and debates.  Dr. Aggarwala successfully led the development, negotiation, and passage by the New York City Council of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan — the first mandatory, comprehensive approach to improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings in the United States.

Anthony Coleman, Marion-Scott Realty

Anthony Coleman is the general manager of 1199 East River Landing (ERL), a 1500 Unit low-income multifamily complex consisting of 5 mixed use buildings in East Harlem. At the time Mr. Coleman was charged with managing this complex in 2014, ERL was participating in a NYSERDA multifamily program that began in 2006.  The project was riddled with obstacles, most notably the abrupt cessation of the NYSERDA multifamily program while it was being held in abeyance pending the restructuring of the program under order of the Public Service Commission.

When the NYSERDA program was finally unfrozen, ERL was given one year to complete a $3M massive energy efficiency upgrade which included lighting, boiler controls, low flow plumbing fixtures, in-room air conditioner upgrades and insulation projects.    ERL requires a democratically debated decision making process for most every project and for which the final decisions are subject to a review of the New York City Housing Authority.

Through perseverance and exemplary business and political acumen, Mr. Coleman moved ERL to implement the project that resulted in a $1.5M cash incentive from NYSERDA, $1.4M in annual energy cost savings and a positive long-term impact in that facility’s financial bottom line, local environment, society and economy.

In addition to energy efficiency, Mr. Coleman and his team put into place a pilot project consisting of communicating a 24 hour day ahead notice to the tenants through the communication system resulting in a 1,100 kW demand response reduction which paved the way for an Automated Demand Response (ADR) project currently underway at ERL that will generate just under $100,000 annually for the building and mitigate the burden of an air conditioning surcharge on the participating tenants.

Rounding out ERL’s energy cost control management, Mr. Coleman turned to their energy procurement process.  Working with his consultant, through a competitive bid and negotiation process, ERL was presented with a long-term fixed pricing arrangement that saved over $140,000 annually in energy supply costs.

Anthony Coleman succeeded in reducing the energy consumption and costs of this low-income multifamily housing facility resulting in a positive and long-term environmental and socio-economic impact on ERL and the surrounding community.

Cornell NYC Tech Campus, Roosevelt Island

Cornell NYC Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island will open in 2017. The project will be developed in phases with final build complete in 2043 and occupying 12 acres on the south end of the island.  The entire campus, and each building which will comprise of it, will contribute to Cornell’s efforts of a reduced ecological footprint.

Initial construction with planned openings in 2017 includes the following buildings:

  1. The Bloomberg Center – The campus’ first academic building designed and aspires to be “net-zero” energy by use of roof-top photovoltaic panels, a ground source heat pump system, efficient HVAC  design and low power density lighting. The building is 150,000 sq. ft. and will offer students, faculty, administrators, and visitors an inspiring facility for research and learning.
  2. The Bridge at Cornell – This is a mixed use (i.e., office, academic and retail) corporate colocation building to foster technical collaboration with the academic community. This high-rise building, designed to be LEED Silver, will house roof-top installed photovoltaic panels to support the Bloomberg Center’s “net-zero” efforts.
  3. Residential Building – The tallest high-rise residential building in the world to be built to “Passive House” principles. This building will have 350 units to house students, staff and faculty.

Joshua London, Glenwood Management*

In 2009, the early days of the use of battery storage in buildings, Joshua was intrigued by this new technology and, after learning more about it, was intent on testing it in his buildings.    He believed that battery storage systems would enable his properties to enhance participation in DR, reduce peaks, and save money.

He worked with his energy storage company and the FDNY and DOB through the approval process.  After many meetings with DEN, ConEd, NYSERDA and others, over a 2 year period, it was clear that there would be no funding incentives or participation for this new, and fairly costly, technology.  In 2011 Glenwood made a direct investment in two (2) small (10kW X 4hr) battery systems, in order to test the technology. These were installed in the garages at 10 Barclay St, and at a building on the Upper East Side.

The test systems were successful.  Several factors established a compelling business case, with a reasonable “pay-back” period.  The other, and perhaps more important factor involved in the decision to proceed, was the desire to participate in efforts that have the potential to help solve some of the energy problems we all face in NYC.

Glenwoodplanned and moved forwardwith a much larger system at 10 Barclay St. (225 kW X 4/hr.), via direct investment.   The battery system at 10 Barclay Street has been on line since late summer, 2012. Glenwood has realized 15% per year savings in electricity costs.

Based on the foregoing, as well as on the new REV Initiatives and NYSERDA incentive programs specifically geared toward energy storage, Glenwood has moved forward with the deployment of 1 Megawatt of battery systems. (10 systems, each with 100 kW X 4hrs) The first of these systems has been installed at 240 E. 39th Street, and construction on the next system will begin within a few weeks, at 10 Liberty Street.

Mr. London is strongly committed to reducing peaks at Glenwood’s properties and to reducing emissions in NYC.  He has welcomed the management of many other large residential properties to walk through Glenwood’s installed battery systems and encouraged others to move forward with this technology.   Josh is clearly a pioneer in this area.

NYC Economic Development Corporation – Rise: NYC

After a year-long competition carried through 2014, the NYCEDC selected 11 winning teams from more than 200 applications, based on their cutting edge design, scalability and impact.  Together, they will share a $30 million funding pool to implement their technologies at Sandy-impacted small businesses across the city. From storm surge barriers to wireless networks to batteries charged by solar and wind, these technologies are as diverse as they are innovative.

David Gilford (vice-president) and Lara Croushore (assistant vice-president) of the NYCEDC’s Urban Innovation and Sustainability group have displayed exceptional leadership in bringing together a world-class team of project managers and advisers. Their efforts have spurred the development of clean and resilient energy technologies that will be deployed in New York City’s most vulnerable communities. The winners in the energy technologies category are:

Bright Power – Resilient Power Hub:  A building-scale power plant that integrates a micro-combined heat and power system with solar photovoltaics and energy storage to provide a continuous source of power.

Go Electric – Energy Resiliency System:  Advanced, uninterruptable power solution that immediately senses a utility outage and increases output from generators, renewables, and batteries to support critical loads.

CALM Energy – The Energy Watchdog:  Provides building monitoring and control through a web browser to automatically increase energy efficiency, improve safety, and reduce costs.

Home Free – Safe Space Solution:  Combines alternative energy technologies to create individual small business and community resilience areas across New York City.

UGE – Smart Microgrid Power Solution:  Integrates solar photovoltaics, vertical axis wind turbines, energy storage, to decrease small business operating expenses and enable continued operations.

New York Energy Manager Initiative (New York Power Authority)

The New York Energy Manager (NYEM) will accelerate the efforts to continuously improve energy management and operations of state facilities, driving down utility costs and other operating   expenses throughout government buildings.  Additionally, the center will further empower the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs in the emerging green economy.  NYEM is one of several initiatives that support Governor Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY Program, a comprehensive plan to reduce energy consumption by 20% in state government facilities by 2020.

The NYEM operations center will monitor electricity, natural gas, and other utilities in 15 minute intervals in most cases, and increasingly integrate with building automation energy management systems, and central plants. The system also captures monthly utility bill data.   Currently, several years worth of 3,300 buildings’ utility data has been captured, and 650 buildings areintegrated on a 15 minute interval basis.  More than 100 state employees involved with energy management have been trained to use the system to analyze their own respective portfolios.

As the electric utility landscape undergoes transformational change, NYEM is preparing New York State agencies to be better positioned to take full advantage of emerging electric technologies.  NYEM is fully aligned with the goals of Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and positions New York State squarely in the forefront of the energy data management revolution.

Lloyd Kass , Senior Director of NY Energy Manager at NYPA,  is responsible for the strategy and execution of NYEM.  Mr. Kass is an 18-year veteran of state and local government and the private sector, and has focused on deployment of large, public sector and utility energy efficiency and capital programs in New York.