NYCHA Moves Toward Electrification with help from Buffalo Geothermal

Buffalo Geothermal is committed to reducing fossil fuels’ impact on the climate. With the help of New York Legislators like Governor Hochul providing funding to larger projects, we can help NYS lead the way to a greater future for all through Geothermal.

New York City is taking significant strides towards sustainable energy, particularly within NYCHA residences. At Jackson Houses in Melrose, Adam’s European Contracting and Buffalo Geothermal are partnering to install a new geothermal energy system to provide hot water for all 868 apartments. This initiative aligns with NYCHA’s compliance with the Climate Mobilization Act, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, targeting buildings responsible for 70% of the city’s emissions.

To assist with these goals, the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice established NYC Accelerator, offering resources to private building owners. Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Hochul announced a $70 million project to install 30,000 heat pump units in NYCHA buildings. Geothermal technology, like that being implemented at Jackson Homes, utilizes heat from the ground for heating water and is competitive against rising oil prices.

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Governor Hochul Breaks Ground With Legislation (S.6604/A.6949)

New York State Governor Hochul has signed legislation that allows geothermal to facilitate drilling beyond 500 feet, making renewable energy more accessible to NYS residents while helping the state meet its climate goals.

Changing this regulation presents a pivotal opportunity to significantly enhance geothermal energy availability in urban areas, where space is limited. Deeper drilling allows access to hotter subsurface temperatures, which translates to more efficient heat extraction for geothermal systems.

“To expand the drilling depth for closed loop geothermal boreholes is an important step forward to enable geothermal systems. We would like to thank the Legislature, the governor, and especially the Department of Environmental Conservation for their efforts to enable geothermal technologies to thrive in New York State to replace fossil fuels for heating and hot water needs. New York has not only become the State of Opportunity, but it has also become leader in implementing renewable energy.” – Jens Ponikau (NY Geo President and Founder of Buffalo Geothermal)

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Governor Cuomo Announces New Energy Target

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New Energy Efficiency 2025 Target is Equivalent to Energy Used by 1.8 Million Homes

Energy Efficiency Strategies Will Deliver Nearly One Third of State’s 2030 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

$36.5 Million in Investments Will Prepare up to 19,500 New Yorkers for New Jobs

New Strategies Will Increase Annual Electricity Savings to Over 3% by 2025 Positioning New York as a National Leader in Energy Efficiency

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an ambitious acceleration of energy efficiency in New York, including a comprehensive plan to achieve a new target for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, decrease consumer energy costs and create job opportunities.  Meeting the new energy efficiency target will deliver nearly one third of the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to meet New York’s climate goal of 40 percent reduction by 2030. This announcement is part of the Governor’s State of the State proposal to develop a milestone Earth Day energy efficiency target and comprehensive strategy.

“Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way for New Yorkers to lower utility bills, curb harmful emissions and battle climate change,” Governor Cuomo said. “As the federal government abdicates its responsibility to safeguard our environment, we must continue our bold action to reduce emissions and protect all New Yorkers, today and in the future, from the devastating effects of climate change.”

“We’re aggressively working to make New York more energy efficient with unprecedented goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. “The strategies to make our state cleaner and greener will result in high-tech jobs for New Yorkers with investments in workforce development. The focus on energy efficiency will not only enhance the environment and create new jobs, it will also lower energy costs for residents and boost the energy economy.”

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