On August 21, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched the second round of his $3 million challenge to New York colleges and universities to transform ideas into clean energy solutions and make strides on energy efficiency to reduce emissions, energy bills, and improve communities. The "Energy to Lead Competition" is part of Cuomo’s strategy to meet New York’s commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions 40% by 2030. Energy to Lead is part of the REV Campus Challenge which supports colleges and universities throughout the state to meet their institutional goals through clean energy solutions. "Colleges play a crucial role in finding creative solutions to our energy challenges, and I encourage schools and students to get involved to help New York meet its energy goals." Governor Cuomo said. The funding awards range from $250,000 to $1 million per project, and are open to two or four year colleges and universities.
In May 2016, Bard College, SUNY Buffalo, and SUNY Broome Community College all received $1 million for their projects during the first round of the competition.
On top of the greenhouse emissions reduction goal of 40% by 2030, REV also has a commitment in place to require half of the state’s electricity to be generated by renewable energy by 2030. To this point, the program has driven almost 800% growth in the solar market, helped reduce energy bills to over 100,000 households, and created thousands of jobs.
NuEnergen works with colleges and universities throughout the state in helping them meet their energy and sustainability goals through the implementation of Demand Response (DR) programs and Energy Management. By participating in NuEnergen's Demand Response programs, colleges and universities receive regular payments by lowering their electricity consumption during these critical periods and help to stabilize the power grid.
For more information on how to become a REV Campus Challenge member, visit NYSERDA's website.
For questions about how colleges can take advantage of these lucrative programs while helping the power grid, please visit us at www.nuenergen.com
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