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The plan was developed by the Energy Conservation SteeringCommittee. City government accounts for approximately 6.5% of NewYork City's total energy usage and 10% of its peak electricitydemand. The Mayor recently revealed the plan at St. Mary'sRecreation Center in the Bronx, a Parks Department facility that,under the plan, will receive energy-saving retrofits to fixoutdated heating and cooling systems, insufficient ventilation, andwindows and doors that leak heat in the winter and cooled air inthe summer.

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The projects in the long-term plan will be partially funded byan annual commitment of 10% of the City's energy budget, which infiscal year 2009 will be $100 million. In total, the plan willrequire an estimated $2.3 billion investment over the next nineyears, of which roughly $900 million has been committed by theCity, and another $80 million was already spent in fiscal year2008.

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To meet its 30% reduction goal by 2017, the City must produce1.68 million fewer metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalentsannually versus 2006 levels. The largest single opportunity forreductions, according to a prepared statement, is through upgradesto existing buildings, like firehouses, police precincts,sanitation garages, offices, and courthouses. Planned improvementsinclude upgrading facility lighting, refrigeration units, boilerupgrades office equipment, and heating, ventilating, and airconditioning systems.

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In December, the Steering Committee released a short-term actionplan that included 132 projects throughout all five boroughs thatwill reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 34,000 tonsannually. The projects in that plan include lighting replacementand sensor installation; heating, ventilation, and air conditioningimprovements; water and sewer equipment upgrades; and vehiclereplacements.

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"This plan is the most in-depth and comprehensive ever look atthe energy used by the City, which is the largest property managerin the City, as well as the operator of the largest municipalvehicle fleet in the nation," said Deputy Mayor Skyler at the pressconference. "We have identified a number of ways to make realenergy savings, and the investments we make today will start payingfor themselves immediately, and be fully recouped in just a fewyears."

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