The New York Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square has become the first major organization to sign on for a new energy reduction initiative targeting Midtown Manhattan.
As part of its energy efficiency master plan, the hotel has initiated an energy efficiency lighting program at the 1,946-room hotel in the heart of Times Square. The New York Marriott Marquis will receive substantial incentives from ConEdison Solutions for implementation of an intensive energy-reduction strategy that will reduce demand during critical summer "peak load" periods. Working closely with ConEdison Solutions, this major New York City hotel is instituting a lighting upgrade that will reduce energy consumption by approximately 790,000 kilowatt-hours per year.
"The New York Marriott Marquis deserves the praise of all New Yorkers for its role as an energy leader," said JoAnn F. Ryan, president and CEO of ConEdison Solutions. "By committing to energy efficiency, the hotel is contributing to energy reliability in Manhattan, and improving the environment, while reducing operating costs."
The Demand Side Management program is designed to reduce energy demand in electric networks where projected demand during peak periods is approaching the local distribution networks' capacity. Thus, the DSM program offers an incentive for businesses to install energy efficiency technologies.
“In the energy-conscious times we live in, we look forward to working with ConEdison Solutions to significantly impact our energy efficiency,” said Bill Michell, the director of engineering operations for the New York Marriott Marquis.
It enables them to maintain or improve their lighting and cooling systems’ performance while using less electricity, which will help to alleviate the strain on the targeted networks.
Ryan said that on summer afternoons, when both the temperature and the price of electricity are rising, it becomes crucial for New York City to reduce electric use.
Reducing demand for electricity on hot summer days also helps improve New York’s air quality, reduces emissions of greenhouse gasses, and decreases the need for additional utility substations.
Properties in Manhattan's Midtown West zone -- west of Broadway between 31st and 58th Streets – and adjoined by a slightly irregular outcropping of additional territory between 40th Street and 52nd Street, extending east to Sixth Avenue, may qualify for cash incentives for load-reduction projects.
In addition to lighting retrofits, eligible projects include chiller replacements, replacement of older motors with energy-efficient models, and distributed generation. For qualified facilities, ConEdison Solutions will survey eligible buildings at no cost and will identify specific projects that may qualify for incentives. Incentive funds for the targeted Midtown West zone are limited and are available on a "first come, first served" basis.
For more information, property managers and owners can contact Con Edison Solutions at 800-285-1004.