Energy-Saving Refrigerator Program
Planned for State Public Housing: New York Power Authority and New York State Division of Housing and
Community Renewal to Ally in Energy Efficiency Initiative
July 30, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Division of
Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) will initiate a program to reduce
electricity costs in public housing with energy-efficient refrigerators.
“The refrigerator is the
single biggest consumer of electricity in most apartments,” said Louis P.
Ciminelli, Chairman of the Power Authority. “By installing high-efficiency
refrigerators, which use one-third the power of older units, we can save
energy, cut costs, and protect the environment.
“Energy costs can total 40
percent of the total maintenance and operating expenses of a housing
complex,” Judith A. Calogero, Commissioner of the New York State Division of
Housing and Community Renewal, said, “The new energy efficient refrigerator
program will become a valuable part of New York State’s efforts to increase
energy efficiency and improve energy management practices in public
The initiative will build on
the success of the Power Authority’s pioneering efforts with the New York
City Housing Authority’s refrigerator replacement program. In 1995, NYPA
initiated a refrigerator replacement program with the New York City Housing
Authority (NYCHA). Over 160,000 high-efficiency refrigerators have been
installed to date, helping NYCHA to achieve $5.5 million in annual energy
savings. The program has also helped to avoid almost 67,000 tons of
greenhouse gas emissions.
The NYPA/NYCHA program,
scheduled to continue through 2003 and eventually replace 181,000 units, has
served as a model for more than 100 public housing authorities and electric
utilities from North Carolina to Alaska. As part of the program, NYPA
engaged an appliance recycler in Syracuse to remove salvageable components
from the older units and recycle millions of pounds of aluminum, copper,
steel and cardboard.
The new refrigerator
replacement program pursues the policy objectives of the 2002 State Energy
Plan, adopted in June by the New York State Energy Planning Board. Among the
goals set by the State Energy Plan is reducing energy use in New York State
to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2010.
The program will also assist
state and local governments achieve the goals of Governor Pataki’s Executive
Order No. 111. The “Green and Clean State Buildings and Vehicles” Executive
Order requires a 35 percent reduction in energy use in state buildings by
2010. The order also encourages local governments to set similar goals and
directs NYPA and other state agencies to assist local governments in those