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New York Power Authority Display Highlights Statewide Energy Services at Somos El Futuro Legislative Conference

Sobeida Cruz
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May 2, 2006


ALBANY— The New York Power Authority (NYPA) spotlighted the benefits of its energy efficiency projects and other clean energy services with an exhibit at the Somos El Futuro, the 19th Annual Legislative Conference of the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, which was held here last Friday through Sunday at Empire State Plaza.

The Somos El Futuro conference brings together thousands of New Yorkers who represent the state’s Hispanic community.  In attendance last weekend were federal, state and local elected officials, community and business leaders and those concerned with labor relations.

“This is an opportunity for us to highlight some of the innovative electricity-saving measures we’ve undertaken under Governor Pataki’s leadership  to lower the electricity bills of thousands of tax-supported public facilities across the state, including Empire State Plaza,” said Timothy S. Carey, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “The Power Authority is a leader in energy efficiency, not only to lower utility bills, but also to strengthen reliability of electricity service and improve air quality. This is in addition to trailblazing new, clean technologies like solar power and fuel cells, which support the Governor’s ambitious goal for at least 25 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewables by 2013.”

To date, NYPA has completed 1,450 clean energy and energy efficiency projects at more than 2,350 facilities statewide, for annual savings of $92 million and reduction in peak electricity use of 193,000 kilowatts, or the amount of power for about 150,000 homes. These initiatives, pursued under various energy services programs, have also reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions by 730,000 tons and dependence on foreign oil by more than 1.5 million barrels a year.

Carey noted that NYPA continues to add to these numbers, investing up to $100 million a year in its clean energy services for public facilities statewide.

The Power Authority’s efforts have included new lighting, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems; automated energy-management systems; electric motors; energy-efficient refrigerators for public housing; and clean furnaces at public schools. NYPA’s energy services also include placing or helping to place about 800 clean electric-drive vehicles on the road in its statewide fleet of vehicles and those of its customers.

The Authority’s exhibit at the legislative conference featured photos underscoring the value the state public power utility brings beyond ordinary generation and transmission of electricity.

The Somos El Futuro conference’s mission is to provide a forum for the development of legislative and budgetary initiatives of concern to Hispanic communities throughout the state.  The conference also features workshops, seminars and special forums to acknowledge the significant contributions of Hispanics to the vibrant mosaic of New York.

  About NYPA:

■    NYPA 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-owned electric utility, with 18 generating plants in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines

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