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Tri-Lakes Energy Expo for 2006 Set for October 28 with Energy-Saving Ideas for Homes and Businesses

Connie Cullen, NYPA
Colleen Ryan, NYSERDA
518-862-1090, ext 3359
Gary Davidson, PSC
Tom Corbett, National Grid

October 17, 2006


ALBANY—The Tri-Lakes Energy Expo, a free event on how to conserve energy and lower utility bills, is scheduled for Saturday, October 28 from 10 am to 3 pm, at the Town of Harrietstown’s Town Hall Auditorium in Saranac Lake.  Last year’s Energy Expo attracted over 300 people from around the Tri-Lakes region and beyond.  The 2006 version of the Energy Expo will bring back many of the popular vendors showcasing their newest products and services plus new presenters with displays and information on the latest in clean green energy solutions that emphasize how renewable resources and new, clean energy technologies can help preserve the planet. 

Learn how to reduce energy use and save on your energy bill from professionals and vendors that offer energy-efficient goods and services.  This year’s Expo will spotlight clean, green environmentally-compatible materials, such as green cleaning products, nontoxic paints, recycled carpet and low-mercury light bulbs and much more.  A wide range of these sustainable products, which have both home and business applications, will be displayed.  Information on low-cost financing opportunities to install energy-saving products at your home or business will also be available.

Over 20 vendors, energy professionals and organizations are expected to be represented.  If you are a provider or vendor of energy-efficient products or services, and are interested in exhibiting at the Expo, please contact Steve Ramsey, New York Power Authority, at 1-800-724-0309 or steve.ramsey@nypa.gov.

Organizers and supporters of the Tri-Lakes Energy Expo this year have grown to include both statewide and local organizations.  They are the New York Power Authority (NYPA); National Grid, the New York Energy $martSM program—a joint initiative of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC)—the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the North Country Energy $mart Communities.

“This Energy Expo brings together many of the resources homeowners and businesses can use to help knock the chill out of their energy bill,” said Timothy S. Carey, president and chief executive officer, NYPA.  “We are delighted to join with our partners National Grid, NYSERDA the PSC and the local organizations involved in energy conservation to help accomplish Governor Pataki's strategic initiatives for conserving energy and cutting costs which benefit us all with a cleaner environment, lessens our dependence on imported oil and keeps more money in our pockets.” 

“We are pleased to join the New York Power Authority, the New York State Public Service Commission and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in sponsoring the Tri-Lakes Energy Expo,” said Bill Edwards, president, New York Distribution, National Grid.  “This event offers residents and local businesses an opportunity to learn more about managing their energy choices as well as the savings associated with energy efficiency that will provide benefits this winter and for years to come."

Peter R. Smith, president and chief executive officer, NYSERDA said, “The winter season is right around the corner and we encourage residents and businesses to take advantage of the many resources available to them to save energy and reduce their energy costs this heating season. The winter months can last longer than we prefer in the North Country, but implementing energy efficiency improvements in our homes and businesses can help make a difference. The Tri-Lakes Energy Expo provides valuable information that will help attendees make informed energy decisions, which will bolster New York State’s overall effort to have an affordable and secure energy future.”

“With the recent price volatility we have seen in the energy market, customers need information about how they can take control over their bills," said William M. Flynn, chairman, New York State Public Service Commission.  "This expo is an excellent opportunity to learn about the range of choices available to customers from energy efficiency measures that can lower bills by reducing energy consumption, to the ability to shop around for energy providers and compare pricing packages that might also help to limit bill volatility."

Due to the severe winter weather in the Tri-Lakes Region, many homes, businesses, non-profit groups and public facilities have been using energy conservation efforts.  The Energy Expo offers a variety of ways to continue and expand on those efforts with “tried and true” methods and by implementing the newest technologies.

An “energy audit” is an effective way to assess the potential savings from installing energy efficient products in your home and business.  At the Energy Expo, home performance contractors—professionals in completing energy audits for home owners—will be available for questions and can set-up an energy audit for your home.  Also at the Energy Expo, small business owners can meet with experts in performing energy audits for commercial and non-profit operations.

Solar energy products, and other renewable energy sources, for home and business applications, will also be presented. In addition, vendors will have available many energy-efficient products for lighting, heating and insulation, and much more.  Companies servicing oil and propane systems will be on hand to show ways to improve the efficiency of that equipment.

In 2006, NYPA’s total for financing and administering energy-efficiency and other clean energy initiatives surpassed $1 billion for nearly 1,500 wide-ranging projects completed at 2,400 public buildings including schools, police precincts, fire stations, hospitals, museums, libraries and government buildings across New York State—all helping to save taxpayer dollars on municipal energy bills.  These measures equate to reducing oil use by 1.8 million barrels a year and avoiding annual greenhouse gas emissions of more than 750,000 tons.  NYPA also assists residential and business customers of the municipal electric systems and rural cooperatives with energy conservation. These energy saving measures include high-efficiency lighting, motors, heating and air conditioning, boilers, building-shell measures, and clean energy technologies such as solar energy projects.

National Grid, through the transmission and distribution of electricity and natural gas, serves close to 4 million customers across 29,000 square miles of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.

NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 by the New York State Legislature.  NYSERDA administers the New York Energy $martSM program which is contributing to improving energy diversity in the State by reducing electricity use through energy efficiency, and increasing the use of renewable energy. Over 40 programs are offered that are also providing environmental and economic benefits for the State’s residents and businesses. As administrator of System Benefits Charge (SBC) funds for the past eight years, NYSERDA has awarded nearly $985 million in SBC funds through its New York Energy $martSM program, resulting in significant reductions in energy consumption, annual air emissions and millions of dollars of annual savings on customer bills.

These programs are reducing energy expenses for consumers by more than $300 million a year and eliminating 1,840 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions, more than 360 tons of sulfur emissions, and more than 1.4 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Annually, these programs will help to create and retain about 4,250 new jobs in the State's retail and service sectors, as well as keeping energy dollars in local economies where they can be reinvested into businesses and communities.  For more information on these programs, please call 1-866-NYSERDA or visit www.nyserda.org

The Department of Public Service has a broad mandate to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to reliable and low-cost utility services. The Department is the staff arm of the Public Service Commission. The Commission regulates the state's electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water utilities.  For more information on choosing you energy supplier, please call 1-888-Ask-PSC1 or www.PowerToChooseNY.com.


 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 facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.


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