New York Advances Thermal Energy Networks

New York Advances Thermal Energy Networks to Chart a Sustainable Future, Just Transition

Decarbonization Action Plans Position New York to Create Green Jobs, Reduce Carbon Emissions

In response to New York’s announcement of the “Decarbonization Leadership Program,” a new decarbonization and electrification initiative administered by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to develop action plans for the State’s largest carbon-emitting facilities to reduce carbon emissions, members of the Clean Energy Jobs Coalition-NY issued the below comments:


Comment 1 – John J. Murphy, International Representative, United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada:

“The Decarbonization Leadership Program represents a significant milestone in New York's commitment to a just transition in the pursuit of a sustainable future,” saidJohn J. Murphy, International Representative of the United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry.


He emphasized that, “By focusing on high-emission facilities, New York is accelerating progress toward a cleaner and more efficient building sector, creating family-sustaining jobs in the process. The utilization of zero emission technologies like thermal energy networks is not just a glimpse into the future; it's a stride forward into a world of 100% reliable, renewable power solutions.”

He added, “As plumbers and pipefitters, we understand the importance of efficient energy systems and eco-friendly infrastructure. We are committed to working hand in hand with the New York Power Authority, government entities, and other stakeholders in the Decarbonization Leadership program to bring these decarbonization projects to life. From energy audits to the installation of cutting-edge systems, our members are ready to contribute their expertise.”

“The collaboration between the New York Power Authority and various state entities, including CUNY, DOCCS, OMH, OGS, and SUNY, demonstrates a united front in the fight against climate change. Together, we will build decarbonization action plans that lead to impactful projects, achieving a just and smooth transition to a clean energy future,” he stated. 

“On behalf of the United Association, I express our gratitude to Governor Hochul and the New York Power Authority for their dedication to a cleaner, greener New York. We're excited to be part of this journey toward a more sustainable and prosperous future for all New Yorkers,” Murphy concluded. 

Photo Source: US Department of Energy

Comment 2 – Greg Lancette, President, New York State Pipe Trades

“The Decarbonization Leadership program, led by the New York Power Authority, creates a green pipeline to achieve a cleaner and greener New York. By developing energy and emissions profiles for our largest carbon-emitting facilities and creating action plans to reduce these emissions, we are taking a giant leap towards fulfilling the just transition goals of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act,”said New York State Pipe Trades President Greg Lancette. 

He added, “This initiative not only represents a significant stride toward a zero-emissions electricity sector by 2040 but also promises to create numerous clean energy jobs, boost technological innovation, and bring us closer to a sustainable future without leaving skilled trades behind. Our members in the pipe trades are ready to contribute their expertise to the implementation of these decarbonization projects, whether it's through the development of thermal energy networks or other innovative solutions.”

“On behalf of the hardworking men and women of the New York State Pipe Trades, I want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Governor Hochul and the New York Power Authority for this bold and visionary step. Together, we will shape a cleaner and more prosperous tomorrow for all New Yorkers,” Lancette concluded.

Photo Source: US Department of Energy



As part of New York’s 2023-2024 Enacted State Budget and implementation of theClimate Act and the Utility Thermal Network and Jobs Act, NYPA was authorized and directed to develop decarbonization action plans for 15 of the highest emitting State facilities, including but not limited to State University of New York campuses and Division of Corrections and Community Supervision facilities. As state agencies implement recommendations laid out in the green action plans, New York will create hundreds of clean energy jobs and lead the way toward a cleaner building sector.


One of the key methods to decarbonize state-owned properties includes utilizing thermal energy networks. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, thermal networks are renewable, zero-emission sources of energy from the ground. “Widespread adoption of these technologies helps to decarbonize the building and electricity sectors, reduce energy costs for families, stabilize the grid, and boost community resilience,” the DOE holds.


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