NYPA President Carey Urges City
to Enact Proposed Energy Laws; Measures
Would Promote Clean Technologies, Energy Efficiency
December 6, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President
and Chief Executive Officer Timothy S. Carey has urged the New York
City Council to promptly enact two proposed laws intended to
encourage the use of clean new energy technologies and energy
efficient practices in city-owned buildings.
One measure, Introduction (Int.) No. 18, calls for
a survey of the buildings to determine if installation of clean
on-site electric generating projects would be appropriate. The
other, Int. No 23, would require a commissioning program to ensure
efficient building operation and would mandate an energy efficiency
training program for city personnel.
“The Power Authority strongly supports enactment of
each of these measures,” Carey said in testimony submitted Tuesday
(Dec. 5) to the council’s Committee on Environmental Protection.
“We believe they represent thoughtful, constructive and potentially
effective responses to the challenges of ensuring a reliable,
economical power supply for the city while protecting the
environment and reducing the dependence on foreign oil that
threatens our nation’s economic health and its security.”
He said the proposed laws are consistent with Power
Authority initiatives, under the leadership of Gov. George E.
Pataki, to promote environmentally positive technologies, energy
efficiency and sustainable development in the city.
“The city and Power Authority efforts with respect
to clean on-site generation and energy efficiency might well
complement each other, even as Int. No. 18 and Int. No. 23, if
enacted, would work in tandem to address major energy and
environmental needs,” Carey testified.
In addition to supplying economical electricity for
government buildings, schools, street lights, subway and commuter
trains and other public facilities and purposes throughout the city,
Carey said NYPA:
Has installed 12 fuel cells, which produce
electricity in a virtually emission-free chemical process, and
seven rooftop solar energy projects that are now in service in
the city. These facilities have averted the need to burn more
than 72,000 barrels of oil and the emission of over 30,000 tons
of greenhouse gases.
Plans to create one of the world’s largest fuel
cell complexes, with a total capacity of nearly five megawatts,
at the redeveloped World Trade Center site.
Is continuing to analyze a successful test,
conducted in October, of the use of biodiesel fuel, blended with
oil, at its Charles Poletti Power Project in Astoria, Queens.
Has financed about $565 million worth of energy
efficiency and clean-energy projects at nearly 1,200 facilities
owned and operated by the city and other government entities in
the five boroughs, saving the public entities and local
taxpayers nearly $58 million a year while replacing oil and
cutting greenhouse-gas emissions.
Intends to begin a study next year of the
potential for additional energy efficiency measures at public
facilities in the city. For the city government alone, NYPA now
has about $154 million worth of projects in various phases of
Carey lauded the City Council for enactment last
year of Local Law No. 86 to encourage the use of “green building”
technologies that save energy, protect the environment and enhance
the health and productivity of occupants. The law, which takes
effect Jan. 1, will require that most non-residential new
construction and major alterations financed by the city achieve
certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED
program, for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, as well
as significant energy cost savings.
The Power Authority, Carey said, is seeking
certification for its headquarters building in White Plains under
the USGBC’s LEED program for existing buildings and will share
knowledge obtained in this process with the city and its other
The City Council’s Environmental Protection
Committee held a hearing on the two proposed new laws on Nov. 28 and
invited subsequent written testimony.
■ 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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