Albany City Schools Energy-Savings
September 4, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY - With students returning to the classroom, the Albany City School
District has unveiled its efforts to conserve energy, save money and protect
the environment with a $3.2 million comprehensive energy-efficiency project.
The project, administered by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) with
assistance from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
(NYSERDA), will reduce the district’s energy costs by $146,000 annually, cut
electricity use by 289,151 kilowatt hours each year and prevent 173.5 tons
of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
NYPA Chairman Louis P. Ciminelli joined District Superintendent Lonnie
Palmer and William M. Flynn, president of NYSERDA, at ceremonies Wednesday
at Arbor Hill Elementary School.
"Governor George Pataki's commitment to energy efficiency is providing an
array of benefits for schools and local governments across the Empire State.
The Albany City Schools project is a great example of coordinated state
efforts to help local schools save energy,” Ciminelli said.
Project financing includes a $1 million grant authorized by the Governor’s
office from the petroleum overcharge restitution (POCR) funds recovered in
federal court cases to compensate consumers who were unfairly overcharged by
major oil companies, Ciminelli noted.
“The investment of $3.2 million to improve the climate controls and energy
management of Albany City schools will enhance the learning environment for
students and help the district save money on energy costs,” said District
Among the critical elements of the project was installation of a new chiller
for climate control at the Arbor Hill School in time for the 2002 school
year. NYSERDA provided more than $225,000 in funding for the $450,000
“Under the leadership of Governor Pataki, NYSERDA and NYPA have made great
strides to improve energy efficiency across New York State,” said NYSERDA
President Flynn. “As part of the contract between NYPA and the Albany City
School District, NYSERDA provided more than $225,000 to help Arbor Hill
Elementary install a new chiller. Through our Energy Smart Schools Program,
we will continue to help more school districts throughout the State cut
costs through energy efficiency."
Other elements of the Albany City School District energy efficiency project
include direct digital controls, boiler instrumentation and an energy
management system at 18 school buildings and several other district
facilities, including the Abrookin Voc-Tech Center and the Adult Learning
An energy management system will enable district facility managers to
remotely control—via the Internet—boiler operations and building
temperatures to use fuel more efficiently. New boilers were installed at
Giffen Elementary School. New burners were installed at Albany High
School, School #19 and School #20. Other equipment such as new
ventilation controls will help regulate temperatures in classrooms
throughout the district.