New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of a $30 million initiative to accelerate the market utilization of emerging, cutting-edge energy-efficiency technologies.

The Energy Efficiency Market Acceleration Program (EE-MAP) is spearheaded by the New York Power Authority (NYPA). The program will fund research, market-development activities and demonstration projects to help leverage investments and promote business-development opportunities for emerging energy-efficiency technologies. In July 2012, the NYPA Board of Trustees authorized $30 million for the EE-MAP initiative.

EE-MAP focuses on accelerating the market development of energy-efficiency technologies by doing the following:
• Helping to accelerate their deployment
• Attracting technology companies to New York
• Creating and facilitating market channels for energy-efficiency technology companies
• Assisting in the forming of strategic alliances and business-development opportunities for technology companies
• Training engineers, contractors and maintenance service providers in designing and installing energy-­efficiency products

In addition, EE-MAP assists with developing energy-efficiency master planning programs and efforts to create new energy-efficiency markets in coordination with state agencies, authorities and electric utilities to improve industry access to investments made at public facilities.
To implement the initiative, NYPA issued a request for proposals (RFP). Once selected, the RFP awardee will identify commercial but-not-yet-widely deployed clean-energy products with significant promise for gaining market share and providing economic development benefits for New York. Each product will be evaluated according to a market readiness and risk profile.

Through EE-MAP, the RFP awardee will create market-development plans, including strategic alliances, business-development opportunities and training programs. This will provide a blueprint to enable engineers to design, install and maintain the new energy-efficiency products and provide technical support and performance evaluation.

“This public-private partnership will help bring innovative green technologies into the marketplace, helping spur economic investment in the clean-energy sector and protect our environment, while maintaining New York’s position as a leader in sustainability,” Cuomo said. “By supporting clean-energy research and production, the state is helping create green jobs in communities across New York, while ensuring that our environment is protected for generations to come.”

For more information and to download the RFP, visit www.nypa.gov.