Local Law 97: 5 Things Property Owners and Managers Should Know

April 24, 2023

1. What is Local Law 97?  

Local Law 97 (LL97) is the centerpiece of the Climate Mobilization Act passed in April 2019. LL97 promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electrification in New York City and stipulates mandatory carbon limits for covered buildings during every compliance period. Property owners and managers may need to invest in building upgrades to reduce emissions and meet compliance.  

2. How to get started?

  • As a first step, you should determine whether LL97 covers your building. The law applies to buildings that exceed 25,000 gross square feet, two or more buildings on the same tax lot that together exceed 50,000 gross square feet, and two or more buildings held in the condominium form of ownership are governed by the same board of managers and exceed 50,000 gross square feet. 
  • Performing an energy audit is next. It is the most effective way to create an efficiency and savings roadmap to determine your building's energy usage. You must partner with a company that understands LL97, is an expert in energy solutions, and can adapt the audit to your specific needs. 
  • And finally, your energy solutions partner should evaluate your current energy performance, identify potential violations of LL97 and develop a roadmap for your building's compliance.

3. Is there a one-size-fits-all solution?

Since the law may impact different buildings in a variety of ways, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to maintaining compliance. Several factors will determine what preparations are necessary.

4. Are there saving options available?

Besides implementing energy-efficient measures, building owners can also benefit from rebate incentives. One option is to deduct up to 10% of your annual emissions limit by purchasing greenhouse gas offsets which will likely be a cost-effective way to reduce a building’s LL97 liability.  You can also deduct an unlimited portion of your annual emissions limit by purchasing a proportional number of renewable energy credits (RECs). However, those RECs must be produced in or directly deliverable to New York City’s portion of the grid, making this a nonexistent commodity (though that might change). Contact us to review all options available to you.

5. How can WT Group help me as a partner?

The path to compliance can be complex; as your energy solutions partner, we can ensure that your building complies with LL97 requirements and ordinances as they are adopted. You can rely on our expertise to help you formulate a plan to address LL97 and identify the right incentives that push your building toward compliance and emissions reductions. With rebates and incentives, energy projects offer a significant return on your investment. We also provide energy efficiency audits, retrofit project management, energy supply procurement and brokerage, strategic consulting for long-term management, and technology assessments.

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