The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation, administers a number of programs, which are designed to support the transition to a more competitive electricity market, reduce New York's dependence of foreign fossil fuels, and reduce the State's overall energy consumption. NYSERDA is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for Sustained Excellence in delivering its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, commercial sector programs, and ENERGY STAR qualified products program. Key accomplishments include:
� Improving more than 6,100 homes under the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in 2010 for a total of nearly 35,000 projects to date with a cumulative savings of 23 million kWh and 1.2 MMBtus.
� Benchmarking a total of more than 50 million square feet of office and hotel space since 2006 through its Focus programs for the Commercial Real Estate and Hospitality sectors.
� Assisting nearly 1,000 K-12 school buildings in 224 districts reduce energy consumption by an average of 21.5 percent per square foot, a 47 percent reduction in CO2 emissions since 2003. One hundred fifty-one buildings earned the ENERGY STAR--representing more than 89 million square feet--and 12 school districts achieved ENERGY STAR Leader milestones.
� Training more than 1,800 students through NYSERDA energy efficiency workforce development initiatives to help build the infrastructure for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and New York ENERGY STAR Homes.
� Partnering with more than 1,300 ENERGY STAR retailers to sell and promote ENERGY STAR qualified products--including 288 new retail partners in 2010--delivering over 102 million kWh in energy savings and over $12 million in energy bill savings to New Yorkers through September 2010.