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ALBANY-Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday ordered New York State agencies to increase energy efficiency by 20% in seven years, putting teeth into the order with a plan known as Build Smart NY. The plan is intended to use state building energy data to prioritize projects by their projected energy savings per dollar spent.

Under the plan, the largest and most inefficient state government buildings will be addressed first with whole-building improvements, according to a release. These range from new lighting fixtures and controls to automated energy management systems. The program will also ensure that cost-effective improvements for energy savings factor into all of the state’s capital project planning.

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