$4 Million Energy-Saving
Project Completed For Suffolk County Community College: New York
Power Authority and Long Island Power Authority Combine Efforts to Cut
College’s Energy Costs
April 27, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SELDEN—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President
and Chief Executive Officer Eugene W. Zeltmann joined Suffolk County
Community College (SCCC) President Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins and Long
Island Power Authority (LIPA) Chairman Richard Kessel at ceremonies
Wednesday to mark the completion of a $4 million energy efficiency
project for the college’s three campuses.
“Under the leadership of Governor George E.
Pataki, the New York Power Authority has completed 50 energy-efficiency
projects at SUNY campuses across the state, producing annual savings of
nearly $11 million. Yearly savings from the SCCC project are
conservatively estimated at $320,000, but will be even greater if fuel
prices continue to trend upward,” said NYPA President Zeltmann.
Electricity use at the college will be reduced by
about 3.6 million kilowatt- hours a year, eliminating about 2,200 tons
of greenhouse gases annually.
“Many institutions are implementing
resource-efficiency programs with an eye toward reducing the
organization’s utility budget. At Suffolk County Community
College, we recognize that our operations and facilities impact the
environment and that we have a responsibility as a good community
citizen to improve our energy resource management. Through this
program, we have been able to team up with NYPA and LIPA to benefit the
college, save taxpayer dollars and reduce harmful emissions,” said, Dr.
LIPA has provided $157,000 in Clean Energy
Initiatives (CEI) rebates for the energy-saving project under its
Commercial Construction Program.
“LIPA is committed to reducing Long Island’s
dependence on fossil fuels through conservation, energy efficiency and
the application of renewable energy resources,” said LIPA Chairman
Richard M. Kessel. “LIPA urges Long Island agencies large or small,
public or private, to consider what they can do to become more efficient
energy consumers to protect Long Island’s environmental and economic
The centerpiece of the NYPA energy-saving project
is an integrated computerized energy management control system for the
college’s three campuses at Selden, Brentwood and Riverhead.
The system links all elements of the college’s
heating, ventilation and air conditioning infrastructure. Using the
energy management system, facility engineers will be able to schedule,
select and automatically pre-set the times when major heating or
air-conditioning units are activated.
In case of an emergency, the control system will
enable maintenance staff to remotely shut down boilers, while also
activating ventilation and exhaust fans. Space occupancy control
lighting sensors and other ancillary equipment have also been installed.
Additional equipment includes variable speed drive
motors on heating and hot water pumps, new premium-efficiency motors,
variable volume air handlers and two-speed constant volume air handlers.
The New York Power Authority is committed to
investing up to $100 million annually on energy efficiency to help
educational institutions, local governments and state agencies lower
their energy bills. To date, these efforts have resulted in savings to
taxpayers of more than $90 million a year, with reduction in peak
electricity demand of over 189,000 kilowatts and lowering of greenhouse
gas emissions by nearly 666,000 tons a year.
Through its various conservation, energy efficiency
and load reduction programs, LIPA’s CEI, developed at the direction of
Governor Pataki, has produced total energy savings of nearly one million
megawatt hours during its first six years, which is enough electricity
to power 105,000 average–sized Long Island homes for one year.
LIPA’s CEI programs have also helped reduce the use
of fossil fuels, which, in turn, has reduced emissions of harmful
pollutants. Approximately 5,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, 1,900 tons of
nitrogen oxides and 1.3 million tons of carbon dioxide were not released
into the air as a result of these efforts.