Date: Thursday, June 26, 2008 06:47 pm
Subject: Intro No. 476-A benchmarking and Preconsidered Int. No. ? disclosing efficiency
Hon. Hon James F. Gennaro, Chairman
Environmental Preservation Committee
The Council of the City of New York
Dear Chairman Gennaro:
Jim, as I will not be able to attend tomorrow's Hearing on captioned subject I am sending you a copy of my very short testimony for the record, I will send copies directly to Gary Alman and to Melissa Mark Viverito whom I have known for some time and consider a friend.
If there are any questions from me I will be happy to answer them at a later time or by e-mail.
The HDFC Council........ 601 West 136th Street, Suite 1,
Cooperative Coalition to Prevent Blackouts..New York, NY 10031-8101
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The Council of The City of New York
Committee On Environmental Protection
June 27th, 2008
Re: Proposed Int. No. 476-A; In relation to benchmarking the energy and water efficiency of buildings.
Preconsidered Int. No. _____: In relation to disclosing the energy and water efficiency of 1-4 family homes, co-ops and condominiums
Good morning Chairman Gennaro and honorable Committee Members, my name is Jordi Reyes-Montblanc and I am the President of the HDFC Council a City-wide association of Housing Development Fund Cooperatives for persons of low and middle income.
I am also the Chairman of the Cooperative Coalition to Prevent Blackouts (CCPB) and as such have testified before you on several occasions.
We find ourselves in a quandary in wanting to support legislation that promotes energy efficiency and lower costs to consumers and understanding the good intention of the legislations being proposed.
However, well intended those good intentions are misdirected in these cases.
This legislation will mandate an additional burden to cooperatives in general and to HDFCs in particular as most HDFCs are self-managed by volunteer Board of Directors.
The information that these Intros pretend to want to develop is readily available to City agencies and Consolidated Edison.
NYC DEP reads every water meter in every building in the City and their professional staff should be able to develop a computerized routine to calculate the efficiency profiles sought. Particularly after the last two water rate increases I find it very difficult to assume their responsibility at my own cost.
Consolidated Edison reads the electric meters of every building and every apartment on direct billing. Again the professionals at ConEd are in a perfect situation to develop computer routines that will develop the legislation desired efficiency profiles. Again I find it very difficult to assume a utility’s function at my own cost.
DEP and ConEd should provide that service and make the information available on line so that anyone interested may access it.
Additionally ConEd should be mandated to promote the use of “smart” interval meters in all of the installations they serve and read including master-metered buildings.
The legislation should be redrafted accordingly and place the burden where it belongs.