As part of the new Municipal Entrepreneurial Testing System, 25 NYCHA buildings will participate in a residential energy tracking program to monitor energy and water usage. NYCHA spends approximately $500 million a year on energy costs. "Any reduction in those costs releases funds that could be used elsewhere," said NYCHA Chairman John B. Rhea.
The Municipal Entrepreneurial Testing System came about through a new initiative led by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Member Michael Nelson and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). It pairs start-up technology companies with municipal buildings in an effort to track, measure and ultimately reduce energy use in City-owned buildings.
The 25 NYCHA buildings also will use the EnergyScoreCards system to identify buildings in need of upgrades. The system was developed by Bright Power, a company that provides renewable energy, energy efficiency and green buildings solutions.