NYPA Completes Energy Efficiency Projects in Cortland and Oneida Counties

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February 29, 2012


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SYRACUSE—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has completed energy efficiency upgrades at the Cortland County office building and courthouse and at the elementary, middle and high schools in the Clinton Central School District, located in Oneida County, that will save taxpayers nearly $300,000 a year. The improvements are also expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,600 tons annually from reduced electricity demand.

“NYPA continues its energy efficiency improvement efforts at public facilities across the state, which is in support of the emphasis that Governor Cuomo has placed on clean energy technologies,” said James F. Pasquale, NYPA senior vice president of Marketing and Economic Development. “The latest energy conservation measures completed in Cortland and Oneida counties will enhance the comfort level in the buildings through lighting, temperature controls, and air quality improvements—all things that we take for granted, but that make a real difference, while resulting in significant savings.”

The $1.7 million energy conservation improvements at the Cortland County Office Building and Cortland County Courthouse provided the two buildings with an entirely new energy management system. In addition, the boilers at the two facilities were replaced with modern, energy efficient upgrades and a new chiller was installed in the county office building.

At the Clinton Central School District, the Power Authority provided comprehensive lighting upgrades, replacement of unit ventilators, water heaters and hot water tanks, and for building energy management system controls. The $3.7 million project spanned the district’s three school facilities and also included occupancy sensors, helping to lower total electricity usage.

Over the last two decades, NYPA has completed 1,856 energy efficiency projects at more than 3,800 facilities statewide, saving taxpayers almost $140 million a year and displacing more than 835,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The improvements also have reduced peak electricity use by nearly 223,000 kilowatts, contributing to the reliability of the electric power grid.

NYPA typically recovers its costs by sharing in the savings in energy bills that result from the energy-efficiency and clean-energy initiatives that it partners on with public facilities throughout the state. Once the costs are fully recovered, the program participants retain all the savings.

The lead NYPA staff person for the energy efficiency work completed at the Cortland County buildings and the Clinton Central School District facilities is John Darlak, associate conservation engineer.

NYPA is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility and uses no taxpayer dollars or state  debt in its operations. It owns and operates 17 generating facilities across New York and more than 1,400 circuit miles of transmission lines. NYPA is a national leader in advancing energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and electric vehicles.

About NYPA:

■The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.■It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■For more information,

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