Office for Capital Facilities
Energy Management and Planning
The Energy Management and Planning Office provides oversight and purchasing of utilities for SUNY. The University’s utility budget is a significant portion of its overall operating costs. The Energy Office’s goals are to find all practical means to manage the overall cost of utilities, reduce the quantity of energy used to its most efficient level, and mitigate the volatility in energy prices while working within state regulatory and purchasing requirements. The Energy Office works with campuses, local regulated utility providers, suppliers, state agencies and authorities, and local governments to manage commodity purchasing, demand charges, and to advocate for fair rate governance. The office coordinates a SUNY buying group for the purchase of wholesale electricity as a direct customer of NYISO and the New York State power grid market operators.
The Energy Management and Planning Office’s responsibilities include:
- Develops utility budgets, usage estimates, historical cost and usage data and statistical information for all campuses
- Provides energy and emission reporting to outside agencies and governmental groups including the Executive Order No.88, issued December 28, 2012 (Directing State Agencies to be More Energy Efficient and Environmentally Aware: "Green and Clean State Buildings and Vehicles"); Executive Order 88 replaces the previous Executive Order 111.
- Coordinates an energy procurement group of campuses for commodity contracts such as electricity and natural gas which result in lower costs
- Represents SUNY’s interests in regulatory issues for policy and pricing changes and prevent undue costs
- Represents SUNY to other State and Federal Energy Organizations, such as FERC, NYSERDA, NYPA, LIPA, NYPSC, and the NYISO
- Serves as the principal point of contact for SUNY and campuses with the all utility providers such as National Grid (NG), New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E), Central Hudson Gas and Electric, Consolidated Edison, National Fuel, St. Lawrence Gas, New York Power Authority, Long Island Power Authority, and Plattsburgh Municipal power
- Provides information about energy project funding opportunities to campuses
- Assists campuses in all energy conservation projects and reports
- Tracks and coordinates energy conservation projects under taken by NYPA
- Assists campuses in gathering information for outside contractors, student groups or construction projects as requested
Contact: Kathleen SlusherDirector, Energy Procurement and Utility Regulatory Affairs
Senior Energy Management and Planning Accountant
Email518-320-1262 Melinda RaceEnergy AccountantEmail 518-445-4011 Kathleen is your primary contact regarding commodity contracts, regulatory issues, energy projects and funding, natural gas, EO 111, FERC, NYPA, NYSERDA, LIPA, and NYPSC. Daniel and Melinda are your primary contact regarding the Energy Management and Budgeting System (EMBS), Energy Buying Group (EBG), and NYISO.