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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has awarded nearly $4 million to support three energy-efficiency projects in the Buffalo Niagara region, including two at Erie County Medical Center and one at the University at Buffalo.

The state agency backed energy-efficiency projects at UB that will save about $513,000 in energy costs and eliminate more than 2,600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. NYSERDA also awarded $1.4 million to support a pair of energy-efficiency projects at ECMC that are projected to cut electricity costs by about $680,000 a year.

NYSERDA awarded $2.5 million for energy-efficiency projects at UB, with almost $1 million of the funding and $300,000 of the savings a result of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) projects at the reconstructed and renamed Kapoor Hall on the South Campus and at Davis Hall, the electrical engineering and computer science building on the North Campus.

Greiner Hall on the North Campus, the Educational Opportunity Center in downtown Buffalo and Hayes Hall on the South Campus are other projects.

The NYSERDA-funded initiatives bring UB closer to its goal to increase sustainability and become carbon neutral by 2030.

The energy-saving projects support Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Build Smart NY initiative to increase energy-efficiency in state buildings by 20 percent in seven years by strategically accelerating priority improvements in energy performance.

The first ECMC project is for upgrades to its central cooling plant, and the second involves measures to save energy at ECMC’s Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility.

A total investment of $6 million in the cooling plant includes chiller and cooling tower replacements. NYSERDA is providing almost $1.2 million for the upgrades as well as cost-sharing for a feasibility study conducted by M/E Engineering PC, which helped the medical center optimize its energy-efficiency investments. This renovations are projected to save the medical center more than 5 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power more than 720 average-sized homes for a year.

Energy-saving measures incorporated at Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility, a 300,000-square-foot, five-story building that opened this month, will help reduce energy costs by more than $250,000 annually and decrease electricity consumption by more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours, enough to power more than 200 homes a year. The NYSERDA incentive is $220,000.

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