Marks Completion Of City Energy Efficiency Renovations
FEBRUARY 15, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WATERTOWNNew York Power Authority and elected state officials
gathered at City Hall here Friday with Mayor Joseph M. Butler to officially
mark the completion of a $637,426 project to improve lighting, heating and
other utility uses in the building and other city facilities.
"This multi-faceted project will cut energy use, save money for
taxpayers and help clean the air," said Eugene W. Zeltmann, president
and chief operating officer of the Power Authority. "It's a winning
combination by any measureand one that's very much in line with
some of Governor Pataki's most important goals."
"The completion of this project will be a great benefit to the
residents of Watertown. I am pleased to have worked with the Power
Authority to make it happen," said Senator James Wright. "This
project, along with a number of other energy efficient projects throughout
the region and the state, is part of the state's efforts, under Governor
Pataki, to improve energy management that will not only result in fiscal
savings, but a cleaner environment."
"By upgrading the city's equipment with more reliable and
energy-efficient technology, we are looking to the future," said
Assemblyman Bob Nortz. "The improvements will have a positive impact
on the services provided by the city at the library, fire station and
municipal building. I would like to thank the Governor and Power Authority
for their commitment to this and the many other projects that help improve
the North Country's quality of life.
"A major energy-efficiency project of this scope could not have
been accomplished without the involvement of the New York Power Authority,
which came on board through the efforts of Senator Wright and Assemblyman
Nortz. This project will provide a positive affect on the city’s near
term financial outlook," said Mayor Butler.
The Power Authority supplied the material for lighting upgrades in the
municipal building, the Flower Memorial Library, the department of public
works and the main fire station. City crews did the actual installation
The city also installed new electric motorssupplied by the
Power Authorityfor use in the municipal building, the library and
the water pollution control plant. The 27 new motors, ranging from 4
horsepower to 200 horsepower, are used for a variety of purposes.
The biggest single project was the replacement of four boilers in the
municipal building and three boilers in the library. Manufactured by
Fulton Boilers Co. in nearby Pulaski, the new units are expected to
increase equipment reliability and reduce operating and maintenance costs.
In addition to realizing annual savings by use of the efficient new
equipment, the city, which operates its own hydroelectric plant for
municipal use, anticipates selling additional surplus electricity to
Financing for the project included more than $460,000 from the Power
Authority and a $150,000 grant from the Petroleum Overcharge Restitution (POCR)
fund, a pool of money ordered to be returned to consumers by petroleum
companies found to have overcharged for their products. The Power
Authority investment will be recouped by sharing in the bill savings
realized by the city.
Zeltmann pointed out that, "Statewide, the Power Authority invests
more than $100 million a year in projects featuring energy efficiency and
clean new energy sources. That's more than 2 1/2 times the figure for 1994the year before Governor Pataki took office. We've completed work at more
than 2,500 government buildings, schools and other public facilitiessaving taxpayers about $75 million a year."
Among the major projects the Power Authority has assisted with in the
North Country are the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown; Jefferson
Community College; the Thousand Islands Schools; and the Jefferson County
Social Services Building.